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camera vs flasher

Post By: mountain matt      Posted: 1/11/2008 7:53:39 AM     Points: 188    
I have a camera an I was wondering if a flasher would be more effective. Any tips would be very helpful thanks for any info I can get

 Reply by: TightLine      Posted: 1/11/2008 9:13:42 AM     Points: 563
Now that all depends on what you are using it for. If you're using it to locate fish, it can be helpful, however, a flasher is quicker at picking up the fish. Drill your hole, stick the transducer in real quick, see if there's any fish action. If there isn't, move on. The camera will take a lot longer, because you have to get it down to the fish and turn it all around to see if there's fish and it may take a few minutes for the fish to get used to the camera. Now, the upside to the camera (obviously) is you can see what you're targeting. We use our camera as a tool for filming under water behavior of the walleye and other fish. Once we locate a school of fish with our Vexilar, we will drop the camera to see exactly what fish are down there.

So both the camera and the flasher are very valuable in their own way. We would recommend a flasher to locate fish, but a camera, even though it's a little slower, will work too.
 Reply by: Fishinbud      Posted: 1/11/2008 1:23:27 PM     Points: 0
As is usually the case, I've gotta' agree with TLO, both are valuable in their own respects, as he so aptly pointed out. That said, the order of operations (for any fisherman or woman) is and should be, #1) get the flasher first to improve your ability to find and target fish at the exact level that they are at and #2) get a camera to find out what fish occupy which areas of a given lake, as well as seeing how they repond to your presentations. If you don't have a camera, trial and error can achieve the same results of learning fish behaviors relative to your presentation, however, it takes a bit longer.
Having aflasher first will immediately improve ones abiltiy to find and make presentations directly to fish. IMO, it is the vital piece of equipment that is a need rather than a want. The camera is a want that isn't really needed or necessary to be successful but it is useful for identifying fish and fine tuning presentations. Oh ya', and it's way cool to see the specific fish that you are fishing for when it hits. Personally, I use the cameras primarily to find and learn about areas. I rarely use the camera while fishing, usually only when the kids want to have more of a video game feel to fishing. When targeting larger fish, the cable can get in the way. When fishing for perch for example, it's no problem. Take care.
 Reply by: Briank      Posted: 1/12/2008 7:25:08 AM     Points: 26
Definitely a flasher first...even before a power auger!

Couple of things I would keep in mind. Water clarity being one. I'm not sure how clear your water is out that way, but in MN I can only see a few inches on the rivers and some lakes in the summer time. Winter it's much better, it's amazing to see how many and the differant kinds of fish that are in the Mississippi River. Some lakes we can see 10 - 15 feet...others not so much.

Now I feel the advantage to having a camera (besides the above mentioned) is light bites. A number of times the only way to catch (mostly bluegills and crappies) is by using a camera. They suck it in and spit it out so fast that even a spring bobber won't detect the bite until it's too late. The guys did a TV show on this too.

I'm currently sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the release of the new heated LCD color cameras.

I can't wait!!
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