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  • MATZILLAMATZILLA
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    in reply to: Lake Odessa #1557586

    If they’re drawing water through (for aeration) the ice sucks….there’s usually too much current to get good ice between sand run and horseshoe bend where most people used to ice fish. Most people park at toolesboro access and walk from there. Haven’t been down that way to ice fish the lake in a few years

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    I used the whole rubber strip on mine…it should wrap nearly the entire tent to the sled at the base, if its longer than the tent just cut it to length

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    This is my 5th year with my recon – I’ve added a seat and a bunch of other junk (lights, 18ah battery, my helix 5, etc.) and it still pulls pretty decent. Total weight loaded with gear is around 80lbs. I have hyfax installed but it doesn’t help any in the now. Add a long rope with a racing harness style shoulder strap pad. The long rope is a huge help if you’re going downhill because you can let the sled go ahead of you can maintain control. Similar to reins. Load as much weight as you can in the rear – it helps a little bit. If you’re still having a hard time build a smitty

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    in reply to: Quad Cities #1571063

    My pond still has good ice but it’s an exception not the rule for sure…most will get ya wet

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    To tune out interference you can adjust the max depth, reduce the surface clutter, and turn on the noise filter. With the si unit you should turn on jigging mode.

    MATZILLAMATZILLA
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    It needs it!!! That’d be the perfect place for a ten fish gill and crappie limit as well

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    Nope di only in the helix line, it will work with si units in the 800-900 core line

    That transducer on a helix si will only work when set to 2d element 200khz

    MATZILLAMATZILLA
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    Set the speed to ultra and adjust the sensitivity to see your jig, get used to it then punch in the settings above

    To use next to your vex just turn the gain down on the vex and pull the vex transducer up high in the hole, in shallow water with the correct settings you should get no interference between the two

    MATZILLAMATZILLA
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    in reply to: Helix 5 #1572794

    Dona software update on that 688 if you have gps issues…I’ve posted a ton of info, settings and interference reducing adjustments for the helix, if you can’t find them with a search just ask and I’ll repost

    Btw never use ice mode on a humminbird fish finder

    MATZILLAMATZILLA
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    2 sounds like my pond, shorelines were terrible this weekend but they’ll be fine in another day. By this weekend you should easily be able to fish both. As always use caution

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    in reply to: Ice line #1573491

    3lb Berkeley fluocarbon ice is a damn good line, 2lb trilebe ice on my lightest rods

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    in reply to: Vexilar Battery #1573775

    Try using a 5 amp charge from an automotive charger. Those wall type chargers don’t put out enough amps to put a good maintenance charge to the battery

    MATZILLAMATZILLA
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    2d setting is in the sonar menu near the bottom, be sure to turn on advanced mode

    XNT 9 28 T Is the transducer you want to use with a humminbird di unit…it gives you both the 200/455khz frequencies. You can simply loop the cable and it works like a normal ice ducer

    I’d take one of these finders over a Vexilar any day

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    in reply to: tips on crappies #1573875

    Upsize your jig and or bait

    MATZILLAMATZILLA
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    Sorry guys been busy lol

    Here’s what I usually go with…
    Advanced mode
    Ice mode off – never ever use it. Ice mode gives full control of many settings to the finder and overrides manual settings
    Surface clutter 7 or higher – more clutter makes for faster response…lower setting can help clear up interference
    Switch fire clear mode, can run more gain and works better when fishing cover
    I usually set the max depth manually instead of auto… cranking up the max depth is like upping the gain on a vex but if you set it to say 100′ when in 10′ of water you’re only slowing down the response time
    Depth lines on. Makes tracking fish vs your jig easier but personal preference
    Fish I’d off
    Wide rts window with a scope….must have
    Noise filter off unless you get interference
    Color pallet 7. Idk why but it is my favorite
    Black background. High contrast
    Brightness at about 4 to save battery
    Setup the overlays or boxes how you want. I run depth in the upper left and Volts lower left

    Use the sonar split screen to catch more fish
    NEVER run with an ice ducer on a di or si model without selecting 2d element….for those of you with a di unit get a 2d skimmer instead of an ice ducer
    Turn off the views you don’t need while ice fishing
    Manually adjust the top and bottom ranges as needed
    Color bar off
    Structure Id

    I baseline my helix 5 di first trip out then only do minor adjustments for sensitivity and depth the rest of the season

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