Vexilar FL-8SE Genz Pack
Vexilar FL-8SE Genz Pack reviews:
Vexilar FL-8SE Genz Pack details:
The classic Vexilar FL-8SE flasher is truly legendary, it’s the world’s most popular three‑color sonar flasher and the FL‑8se is still one of the best all around sonar designs. The hallmark three‑color display shows weak targets in green, medium strength targets in orange and strong bottom targets in red. The FL-8se features ten interference rejection settings.
Simple, yet durable, the case itself was designed for you to attach things like a rod holder, or a Glo-Ring by simply screwing them into the plastic case, but it has pre-tapped holes for a DD-100 and a Flex-light along with a screw eye transducer holder. The Genz Pack is designed to give you years of reliable service. Protect your investment with the addition of a Soft Pack Carry case (SP0005) sold separately. This system is ready to use right out of the box!
Vexilar FL-8SE Genz Pack Reviews:
Best flasher EVER!
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-8se. 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 for 279.99 So don’t buy it elsewhere You won’t regret it!
A must have if you ice fish
Great product! Vexilar is the way to go! I have the fl8 and have caught a ton of fish with it! Great starter for people who are not wanting to spend big money! It will get you on the fish!!! I am a ice fishing fanatic and am going to upgrade to the fl28
A world of difference
Sure you can ice fish with out one but it is like trying to run in the forrest with your eyes closed. Vexi (what I call mine) has been around for years, the advantage you have with this when icefishing 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.
Puts the FUN in ice fishing!
I have owned this unit for about four weeks now and used it on the ice at least five times. This is my first experience using a flasher, previously I used the prospecting method with very little success. I wouldn’t ever go ice fishing without this device now. There are so many positives to discuss. First the quality, it’s made in Japan, and is built like a tank. Very tough and well-made components. Ultra-reliable so far. The battery life is amazing. I’ve had it on for seven hours straight without a problem. Of course my unit is brand new, but I have had this thing on the ice for up to seven straight hours, and the indicator (add-on component) never went below 99%. I like this Genz-pack so much that I bought the Vexilar DD-100 depth/battery gauge, which installs very easily into the pre-drilled holes on the blue frame. What’s nice about this machine is that it lets you know whether you’re wasting time fishing over a spot with no fish. I was going for perch last week, and found one really good hot spot. It’s amazing to watch the lure drop down to the bottom, then you reel up a few inches and watch the marker light up as perch rise from the bottom and hit your lure or bait. You can sometimes get them to follow or chase your lure as you reel or jig it up. If they don’t hit, you watch the fish go back down to the bottom. This will also show fish passing through at any depth. It’s almost like playing a video game, very mesmerizing and fun because you get into a frame of mind where you can visualize what’s happening down there. I drilled many holes trying to find the lakers, and thanks to this flasher was able to pass and avoid wasting time on spots where there was no action. I also bought the Vexilar soft-cover to protect the unit. I have been fishing for a very long time, decades, and own thousands of dollars worth of equipment, mostly the best stuff you can buy. However when I look back this Vexilar is the best money I have spent on any single piece of fishing gear. Don’t be put off that this is the “base” model flasher, it is perfectly fine for depths up to around 100′ or more. This is not some kind of low-end, “junior” unit in Vexilar’s product line. It’s just as good as the other models, but has different features. Read Vexilar’s web site, they have a whole buying guide section (“So you want to buy a Vexilar”). And you’re probably not going to be ice fishing in deeper water anyway, though if you do, there are other units available. I was able to track tiny jigs down to about 70′ quite easily, so I know it works for all the water depths that I’ll fish in upstate NY and the Adirondacks. Incidently this can also be shared between two guys side by side. I had three holes drilled using the flasher in the middle, and my son was on the left side, I was on the right. As long as you watch what you’re doing, especially while jigging, you can easily differentiate between the two lures and incoming fish. Five stars and I really mean it, highly recommended!
An amazing tool
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!
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 15inch 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 augering thru thick ice
A Great Vexilar
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.
Find the Fish, Knock 'em Dead!
I have been using my flasher now for 2 winters. I can honestly say that I have been able to locate and catch more fish using the flasher. It is awesome to see the fish and see how the responding to your presentation. I cannot speak to this compared to other products as this is my only experience. I recommend this for anybody who is going to be ice fishing. Honestly, its like playing a video game while in real life. 😀
very nice product for the money
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.
great product great price!!!
I ordered this Vexilar on Dec.21st and it was delivered to my house on the 24th. That was awesome!!! I have used it about 8x so far and I love it. It makes me fish longer when I know there are fish down below. It is actually hard to fish two lines when you are mesmerized by it. If you are going to buy a fish finder you do not need anything more then a 8SE. Waste of money if you do. The price was 296.00 brand new including delivery at Glen’s army store in Grand Rapids,Mn. You will not find it cheaper. Will not ice fish with out it!! Easy to charge up also!!
This helps take some of the guess work out of locating the suspended fish. Doesn’t tell you what kind they are, what they want to bite on or make them bite but it sure does work great
Bad weather conditions
Unit needs flat screen cover to keep snow of of lense. 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,
You will love this hard water toy
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!
Amazing sonar device
Watching the display is almost as much fun as catching the fish. The battery life is substantial, you can practically fish all weekend on a single charge.
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.
Love this unit
Love this unit, takes ice fishing to a new level. The service from Reeds was great, the product arrived before the expected due date. Very impressed.
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.
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.
Get you one
At first i was intimidated by the OLD style tech. Once i received it i couldn’t find the power cupler to charge it. Once i sorted it all, and got it on First Ice today, i am…. shocked.
Easy to use – Just drop the transducer into the hole, adjust for depth by referencing interference, and jig away
Extremely Sensitive- I put a “shrimp egg” on my spoon just for laughs. it fell off. i watched it descend to the bottom. This bait was about 1/5 an inch in diameter. Battery forever – like 24+ hours per charge. Instant feedback – 2d TV- faster than a camera i’d gander.
Highly recommend. its a whole new type of fishing now. P.S. My buddy usually out-fishes me on the ice. Today i caught 14. where he caught 9! he called me a cheater
I got this product a was amazingly happy. Out in Lindgren Country we used this to pull big walldawgs and perch through the ice all day. Great product and great price essential for a pro staffer like myself.
Spend a little more.
I have the FL8 and it works great. However, I fish in deep water quite a lot and wish I would have spent the extra money to get the FL-18 with the bottom lock feature.
Great buy / very happy!
Long time ice fisherman that decided to try a flasher after 25+ years. I purchased the FL8 SE and have to admit I should have purchased one many moons ago. I rarely ice fish in over 30 feet of water and after watching several youtube videos I made this one my choice. This unit doesn’t have a ton of extra features but has been very effective for me. I have been telling all my friends about it and showing off on the ice!
Good purchase for the money !
I have owned vexilars for the last 5 years and not one problem with the unit and I ice fish a lot !! I’ve recantly bought the FL-8 for my girlfriend because she always steals mine !! It helps getting a new angler excited when they know there’s fish around with out to much discouragement ! She and are three year old love the unit and with the affordable price you can’t go wrong ! Would recommend the carrying case with the unit for snowy days and to protect the unit but other than that great product !!
So good had to buy another
Works very well had one for at least 10 years already had to buy a second for wife and kids to use so I could use mine. Probably going to have to get a third
Feels like cheating!!
I have been ice fishing twice now. The first time was before I had the vexilar and I had a few bites but no catches. Today was the second time and I used the vexilar. Wow, what a difference! I could move from one hole to the next until I found fish, and when I did, I caught them. The bite was so slight that without the vexilar telling me there were fish near my bait or lure, I wouldn’t have known I was getting a bite. It also let me know when it was time to change my lure because they were coming to it but not interested. It sure does make my little available time fishing way more productive! I fish farm ponds and this unit is pretty much perfect in my opinion.
Quick shipping! Less than a week and finally 1 day early! I tried it for the first time tonight and was amazed by the ease of use. I can see the fish arrive in real time, it’s captivating … my eyes can not leave the screen! Ready to use out of the box, my best buy for a long time!
Vexilar is the bomb
Caught a sale on my Vexilar for $259 and I been telling everyone on 2 West Michigan fishing sites don’t buy used buy new. Absolutely love it been out 3 times 2 limits so far. Thanks for the great savings, Ill be back.
Great piece of equipment for Ice fishing.
Love this Vexilar does what I need it to do. No more wondering where the fish are.
Need more ice
The flasher works just fine only reason why I’m giving it a star rating of 3 Is because I’ve only used it once and I have to drive 4 hours north to get to good Ice I’m going head up there again next weekend what we have cold weather coming so hopefully will get good ice
Finally got out yesterday and used the FL-8SE and it was great. I have never used electronics while ice fishing before and the Vexilar really added another dimension to the ice fishing experience. It is very simple to use and definitely contributed to more fish on the ice, Seller shipped the item very quickly and the packaging allowed for an undamaged delivery.
I would recommend this Vexilar to anyone who ice fishes. I bought one for my self and my husband liked it so much we had to get him one too! It is really neat to watch the fish come in and attack your lure (or not!). I don’t think anyone would be disappointed with this Vexilar FL-8SE Genz Pack with 19 degree Ice Ducer. We love ours!
Easy to use Great unit
If you’re looking for a good reliable ice fishing fish finder go with the Vexilar FL-8SE. The Vexilar is very easy to use and read with the three-color system. The three colors make it easy to figure out if there are fish in your hole or not. There is a combination of 6 different depth settings to better see the fish or your lure. This allows you to fish in water all the way up to 120 feet deep. This product could be for you if you are somewhat of a hobby fisherman, who fishes a lot of farm ponds and small lakes.
One thing that would be a con for this product is, that it doesn’t come with a rode holder for when you are moving around a pond. If you want a rode holder you have to purchase that separately. That is an easy fix if you know that the Vexilar doesn’t come with a rode holder, you can purchase it at the same time you purchase the fish finder.
The Vexilar is really durable and water resistant, just as long as you don’t drop it down your drilled hole. The durability is shown when fishing in temperatures below zero and the Vexilar still will get an accurate reading and never gets to cold where it will turn itself off. There is also a battery that will last up to 36 hours when it’s fully charged. This allows you to go fishing for a few days before having to charge it.
With the Vexilar you will not have to sit at a hole that isn’t producing any fish. You can now go and find the fish. This allows you to fish where the fish are biting and have a productive day on the ice. The Vexilar FL-8SE should get a five-star rating because it is really easy to use and effective.
I was reluctant to use electronics for ice fishing, which I only do half a dozen times a year. But, this is well worth the money. A real game-changer! It’s great to be able to put the lure right in front of the fish. Only complaint is the interference when several are used close together.