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Vexilar or Marcum?

Post By: Lil Dave      Posted: 10/6/2017 6:55:20 PM     Points: 150    
Which would you choose?
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 10/6/2017 7:11:12 PM     Points: 489    
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 10/6/2017 7:20:26 PM     Points: 33267    
Chevy or dodge? I think they both work well. One of my buddies and brother use vexilar. Me and my usual fishing partner both use Marcum. I personally prefer Marcum. Whatever you go with look at a digital one so you don't have to hear the annoying buzzing sound all day of a mechanical one. I have an lx7 as well as a showdown 5.6 dual beam. They both work awesome.
 Reply by: Jiggin Colo Eyes      Posted: 10/6/2017 7:39:38 PM     Points: 6    
Ive never used a marcum but I love my vexilar fl-8. Its the least expensive model I think but does everything I need. I love it!
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 10/6/2017 11:40:00 PM     Points: 489    
It probably will come down to which ever you choose to buy. I say marcum because I've only owned marcum. I've use vx1pro for 4 season now and have loved it. I just upgraded to lx5i this year. Excited to get it on the ice.

I did have the pleasure of using a vex one time and did like it as well. Also seen the hummingbirds in action . They seem to function well.
I went with marcum because of the bang for the buck. Also was what I could afford at the time.

One thing with my marcum was it wasn't effected as bad my other sonars in close areas. Seemed to be more talent then others.

I'm sure which ever you choose you will fall in love worth it.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 10/7/2017 7:20:53 AM     Points: 24091    
Option 3. Just ordered a Lowrance Hook 5 ice machine last night.

Ill be ice fishing with free contour maps those season....
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 10/7/2017 8:08:27 AM     Points: 1301    
Got my Hook last year...still trying to figure out all of the bells and whistles! I also have an old Cabelas Marcum I use when Im too lazy to fiddle with the Lowrance. Both have their place, and I use them both. Matter of personal preference as I see it. Do check out the Lowrance though, really nice unit. Good Fishing!
 Reply by: eskimo85      Posted: 10/7/2017 12:25:24 PM     Points: 208    
Marcum.... I've seen Vexilars have issues with interference. Marcums also come in a soft padded case already.
 Reply by: daj2783      Posted: 10/7/2017 2:02:31 PM     Points: 5133    
I have used both and love my vexlar fl18
 Reply by: Basschaser      Posted: 10/7/2017 5:46:34 PM     Points: 1444    
Marcum because it's the best of the best... There I said it
 Reply by: spinn3r      Posted: 10/7/2017 9:28:13 PM     Points: 6600    
When I did my research, years ago, I thought Marcum was the best for the price. Found one on Craigslist and have been quite happy with it... never a problem. There are always new things out there, so I'd invest a bit of time in reading reviews.
 Reply by: catchem      Posted: 10/8/2017 5:33:26 PM     Points: 124    
I have used both and both are excellent. My brother's FL18 is 30 years old and works perfect. I have noticed that Vexilars are sensitive to interference when a Marcum is operating nearby, possibly because of the higher power output of the Marcum? So if you want to be a polite neighbor, get the Vexi. If you want to make sure that other Marcums don't interfere with you, get the Marcum. Whichever brand you choose, get one with a zoom. Some of the low end models do not have that feature, and it is extremely helpful if you fish deeper than 20 feet.
 Reply by: puntfish      Posted: 10/8/2017 7:13:26 PM     Points: 16    
 Reply by: Fish4Colorado      Posted: 10/9/2017 10:54:26 AM     Points: 1261    
Lowrance, a normal fish finder I use for the boat, only making sure I have a ice fishing transducer works the same for me, even cooler is the fact that you can see the fish come to your line.

But if i have to choose between the two Vexilar.
 Reply by: tub      Posted: 10/10/2017 6:31:02 AM     Points: 105    

Marcums are unreliable. they'll die on you when you need it the most.
 Reply by: Dan Swanson      Posted: 10/11/2017 5:33:35 PM     Points: 1354    
This is worth reading if you're buying electronics for ice fishing.

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 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 10/11/2017 7:20:17 PM     Points: 1301    
Thanks Dan, good link and info on LCDs.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 10/11/2017 7:25:32 PM     Points: 489    
Thanks Dan that is a really good read. There's some really good pointers in there.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 10/12/2017 8:11:47 AM     Points: 24091    
Dan, thanks for the article! Makes me feel even better about going with the Hook!!

You single handedly converted me from HB to Lowrance!
 Reply by: Dan Swanson      Posted: 10/12/2017 9:11:51 AM     Points: 1354    
Glad I can help.
 Reply by: Bryan87      Posted: 10/16/2017 3:13:27 PM     Points: 368    
Vex, all day.

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