Post By: Fishycolo Posted: 2/12/2020 9:29:56 PMPoints: 3
Hey fellow Fisherman,i just purchased my first flasher a vexilar fl20 at a local pawn shop at a bargain price can anyone tell me how it compares to other flashers. Far as accuracy and dependability how different from other flashers thanks
May I ask what you paid for it? It should be a great starter flasher . . . .I have an old FL-8 that work just fine for my needs. Sometimes the older ones are the ones to have,my FL-8 is very simple and easy to use.I did have to put a small piece of pool noodle on the transducer to get it to set in the hole and float right.
Reply by: brookieflyfisher Posted: Feb. 13, 8:20:02 AM Points: 6130
The Vex is a precision instrument. Compared to most LCD units (Humminbird, Garmin, Lowrance, for instance), the display is easier to read in the sun, battery life is better, sonar returns are clearer, have better target separation, and are instantaneous. For these reasons the Vexilar tends to perform better in deep water and during a long day of fishing than LCD units. However, most LCD units now have pretty advanced GPS capabilities and are easily able to pull double duty in open water. You can't get either of those things with a flasher.
If you paid less than $300, you got a good deal. If you paid less than $200 and it works as normal, I'd call that a pretty great deal.
Fishycolo . . it will change your game at Antero and 11 mile will be a whole different thing . . .wait till you get into deep water where you can't see more than 5-10 ft down. Hint: First time out,go with someone that's used a flasher like yours or has one.They can dial you in really fast. When I first got mine,I struggled till someone gave me a crash course,now I can't live without it. Wait till you see a fish come after your lure . . . .
That model is a big step up from the FL8. I prefer it over the flx28 as well. I've used mine for 6 years with out any issues and still on the original battery. My FL8 gets used every weekend as well to set jawjacker setups. The middle knob will allow you to split screen to see the bottom 5' or 10' depending on what you have it set for. It has a night mode and some other features that you will need to play with. You should be able to find a users manual on-line by doing a quick google search.