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Discussion in 'IceFishingMichigan.com' started by Ranger Ray, Dec 18, 2016.
Are you fishing perch and eyes? I am sure it would be good for them If your going to jig gills like I got last night you need a good flasher.
Nice fish! Mostly perch and walleye on White and Muskegon. Gills, only couple times a year.
I am using my helix 5 this year . i have only been out once . Used it in flasher mode with my regular transducer.
I was not impressed or had it set totally wrong. It was hard to adjust and find fish on the screen.
My old m68c blows it away
Maybe i just need to read some more and use a different screen.
Pretty decent machine Ray.
I am running a 688ci HD DI for ice and the 455 KHz beam gives better target separation and the 640 pixels has great resolution.
Oh, I never use flasher mode either barbecue I like the history in front of me....
The H7 Sonar GPS has 480 vertical and the 200KHz beam works OK - but not as good as the 455 offers IMO.
With bottom lock enabled on the zoom screen you can still get nice targeting close to bottom though.
I have always been one to buy a "regular" unit and rig it portable - not everyone does though.
It should do a good job for you, and I would suggest you give James Metz at Universal Mania call to see if he can get you a better price than you're currently looking at.
It shows currently out of stock, but they have a bunch of sources - so it might be worth a call & tell James that Robert sent you for the "Pollack's Discount" and hopefully he can hook you up.
1-866-903-0852 @ Ext. 706 - leave him a VM and he'll call you back.
He hooks me up for all my goodies~
Thanks for the response Robert. Well I better check out the 688ci HD DI then. LOL. I could always buy the case and graph separate. I see they have a 688ci HD in ice, but not the DI version. So I presume that it takes a certain transducer which equates to the DI, so the ice transducer is out?
Yes Ray, there is no "ice" version of the 688ci HD DI.
This one is discontinued, and may be difficult to find at a decent price - one reason I grabbed it was a a BF deal and was under $300 last year.
It takes the standard HB DI XDCR (XNT 9 DI T) which is rather large compared to a standard 2D XDCR.
Even the current Helix7 Ice is going to be replaced with the "G2" Chirp version as soon as the inventory level are sold down.
This is what the XDCR looks like on an articulating arm I made of HDPE for my portable.
It's about 4.75" long and about 1.5" wide.
There is a Helix 7 DI GPS you could probably get at a decent price, and although it doesn't have the 640 vertical pixels (480v) - it will have the same transceiver capabilities as the 688ci HD DI with a faster processor which handles high def mapping considerably better.
(My 688 is really SLOW on HD map redraw!)
UM doesn't show stock currently on the H7DI GPS either, though a call to James may help locate one for you.
I am not seeing too many in stock online so sourcing one may be a PITA - you may have to get a G2 version at close to the MSRP of $499
EDIT : Corrected model & manufacturer SKU #....
My friend rigged his up to a Ice Hopper Pro and has all the settings dailed in and loves it. I was thinking about getting a helix 5, might just go with the 7 and use to on the ice and boat
I may have to go to F-35 flight school to learn how to use that G2N.
I doubt that Ray...
If you have ever run a HB before - the menus are all very similar from one unit to the next.
Intuitive and easy to figure out.
I do apologize for posting the G2N (Ethernet capable) when I should have posted the G2:
I think MSRP is like $100 less and you don't need to network it I bet!
I have corrected that info ~ Sorry Ray.
PS - You can download the manual here if you'd like:
well im getting through helix 7 ice next month. it sure does look advanced. gps and everything
I take the 859 off the boat and use it for ice.
Make sure you get a bigger battery. The standard 9ah won't work good
What are you telling us Paul, you getting through fighter training next month?
I already carry a 12ah, so good there. That G2 is the cats meow. That's a nice setup you got Robert. I do like the idea of just dropping in the floating transducer vs having to mount the boat one though. Probably worth the hassle to get the better imaging and graph though.