Sure you can ice fish with out fish finder but it is like trying to run in the forest with your eyes closed. Vexilar FL-8 SE has been around for years, the advantage you have with this when ice fishing is not even fair comparing to fishing without it. If you clear the snow off the ice and pour water on it the sonar will go through and you can see how deep the water is before you drill, and mark any fish. You can see what depth the fish are at and see the fish strike your bait in real time. The bigger the fish is you will see it on the sonar. Oh and you can see your bait too as you move it up and down. It will also work when there is no ice if you are vertical jigging from a pier dock or boat. Pays for itself in 1 season. possibly 1 day. There are better models that do more stuff but this will do just fine. Good luck all.
I have a Vexilar and they are a must have, especially if you ice fish. There are a number of helpful features that the Vexilar possesses. First of all, you don’t even have to drill a hole to see how deep a spot is, all you have to do is clear away the snow/slush from the ice, pour some water on the spot and put your transducer down. This makes for quick and convenient depth checking. The absolute beauty of the Vexilar is that it’s not just a depth finder, you can actively see fish move as well as your bait. Fish and bait are represented by lines on the display. Light green lines are smaller fish (and your bait), yellow lines are intermediate size, and red lines are larger fish. The Vexilar is especially helpful in fishing for pan fish which stay suspended in water such as crappies. You can jig for these fish and watch them approach your bait. This lets you get yourself ready for a bite more quickly. You can even pull up on your line to see if there’s any tension from the crappies when your bait line and a fish are even on the display, meaning they are at the same depth. This is especially helpful with crappies, who notoriously inhale bait sometimes and exhale it out without becoming hooked. The Vexilar also has a Gain control, which makes the display more or less bright. There are also many different depth settings to satisfy everything from small shallow lakes to deep lakes. Another helpful feature is the interference button. This button, when pushed, eliminates electronic interference from other fish finders, cameras, etc. I have also used an AquaVue, which is an underwater camera, and I would prefer the Vexilar any day because you can see the whole depth range, not just one level of depth. If you want to seriously supplement your fishing efforts I would purchase a Vexilar before you hit the ice this winter!
I use mine on Houghton Lake and I fish in 6 to 10 feet of water so I had to buy the S-cable which lowers the power to half. I can see the fish come right up to my lure and don’t have to guess if they are at the bait. Very easy to use and do well in the snow and water type of environment I have had water all over it and still works great.
Best price around that i could find and even though its the lowest grade model of vexilar, it is still vexilar and works like a fish finding machine. went out for couple hours last night to use it for the second time and got 3x 15 inch walleyes on the ice. It is a must have for ice anglers who only have a hand auger like me because when the ice gets to be over a foot and a half you need to have a vexilar to know your at the right depth and in the right spot on fish. If not your just wasting your time out there or your burning yourself out hand auguring thru thick ice
Vexilar FL-8se Genz with 19 Degree ice flasher: This fish finder is great, used it three time already and every time found fish. My only regret is that I wish I got one of these years ago.
I love how you can clear the snow off of the ice and dump some water on top and see how deep the water is before drilling any holes. I went online and found contour maps online showing the depth of some of the lakes I’ve been Ice fishing at and I love that I can pinpoint exactly where I want to be over without drilling a hole. I also like the fact that you can see your jig and also see any fish passing by or fish in the immediate area and it allows you to quickly adjust the depth of you’re line to get the jig where the fish can see it. I think using the vexilar has helped me catch way more fish. At least with knowing whether or not the fish are even under you it allows you to make changes as far as different jigs or different bait if you’re seeing fish come up and check the bait out without biting it. It’s pretty fun watching a fish approach and go from green to orange to red while changing depth on the way in to check your bait out. After fishing with one of these I can’t imagine going without one. This makes ice fishing a lot more entertaining!
Very easy to use and it makes ice fishing so much fun. You catch a lot more fish using a Vexilar than without one. This is the second one I’ve bought as this was for my son. I’ve never run out of battery power in a whole day of fishing and they re-charge fast. I had forgot it at home on one ice fishing occasion and I could hardly stand fishing the old way. I LOVE my Vexilar and catch and eat many more fish.
Unit needs flat screen cover to keep snow of of lens. Can’t read in snowy conditions.Manual does not adequately explain the ‘ir’ feature. At 0 gain level much weed readings, hard to see lure and/or fish,
Always wanted a Vexilar, and no disappointment here. Easy read and so accurate to one inch. Brings a whole new meaning to ice fishing. You can see your smallest of jigs on the screen and actually see fish rise or fall to your bait. No need to sit all day on a non productive hole.
Accurate. Took it ice fishing and we were very satisfied. The blue plastic had a small crack in it when we got it but it wasn’t bugging us enough to send it back. Its very fun to watch those big ones coming up to grab or sniff your bait. Good luck.
If you ice fish and don’t have any electronics you are missing out this is one best investments I have ever made. This vexlair is the perfect for us one all of local lakes here in Pennsylvania it has increased my catch rate dramatically.
Awesome fish finder. The first time I brought it out someone loaned me a more expensive vex (and much older). Both worked great. Buy it, share it with your friends, looks like a product that will take a lot of abuse.
Stole my boyfriend’s Vexilar the first time we ice fished together. I love it ! So I thought I’d buy him another for Christmas. If you want to introduce ice fishing to a spouse/girlfriend or have your kids enjoy it this is the toy to buy. It’s better then a video game. And for the serious fisherman/woman this is simple and clean to use. Dependable, easy to read and so much fun my boyfriend has to drag me off the ice with me screaming “5 more minutes”. I love “my” Vexilar!
I’ve ice fished without a flasher many many times. And I never knew if I was on fish or not. You really are just shooting blind. So I went out and bought the FL-8 SE. Wow! What a difference you can actually see the fish! I watch my jig go down and I place right where the fish are. When I drill a hole and don’t mark fish I don’t even waste my time. I just keep drilling until I mark fish and then I catch them. It’s freaking awesome! Now, I paid 299.99 for mine. But you can get them from Mills Fleet Farm for 279.99 So don’t buy it on Amazon. You won’t regret it!
Received my Vexilar FL-8se in 2 days after purchasing it,just in time for the weekend! It is everything I thought it would be and more! Has improved my ice fishing tremendously! Eliminates the un-productive water!