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Flasher or Sonar?
Flasher [ 59 ]  [33.91%]
Sonar [ 115 ]  [66.09%]
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GrandRiverWill
Posted on Nov 21, 2018 - 07:21 am


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I use my sonar. I'd love to try a flasher, but they are expensive and it would be new to me so I don't see how I could take advantage with a flasher opposed to sonar.

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bobowski
Posted on Nov 21, 2018 - 08:23 am


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QUOTE (OutdoorDave @ Nov 21, 2018 - 07:00 am)
I've always used a flasher when using electronics myself, but I'm starting to lean towards sonar for more accuracy. From what I understand flashers have quick response time, but the cone sets bottom on the first thing it senses. So if you are sitting on top of a ledge or big rock or any other variance in depth, you may not be sensing the action right off the bottom, where as a sonar will show you the whole structure of the bottom.

This is not true. A sonar will also pick up the shallowest point if you are over structure.

I prefer flasher for shallow water fishing for perch but will only use my graph for fishing Lakers and Whities

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goosej13
Posted on Nov 21, 2018 - 08:56 am


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I picked up a garmin striker 4 a few years ago and love it. Has both a flasher and a graph. The portable case it comes with also makes things easy when transporting it.

https://www.amazon.ca/Garmin-010-01550-10-S...armin+striker+4

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OutdoorDave
Posted on Nov 21, 2018 - 09:02 am


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QUOTE (bobowski @ Nov 21, 2018 - 08:23 am)
QUOTE (OutdoorDave @ Nov 21, 2018 - 07:00 am)
I've always used a flasher when using electronics myself, but I'm starting to lean towards sonar for more accuracy. From what I understand flashers have quick response time, but the cone sets bottom on the first thing it senses. So if you are sitting on top of a ledge or big rock or any other variance in depth, you may not be sensing the action right off the bottom, where as a sonar will show you the whole structure of the bottom.

This is not true. A sonar will also pick up the shallowest point if you are over structure.

I prefer flasher for shallow water fishing for perch but will only use my graph for fishing Lakers and Whities

ok cool thanks for clearing that up. I was told that by a Bass Pro associate a while ago. I like the idea of the panoptix but have heard it's not worth the price tag. Uncut Angling has a good demo video of it

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Heavytruckerbud
Posted on Nov 21, 2018 - 12:41 pm


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I feel a bit sorry for the Old Farts still using flashers. No offence.

sonars:

Pros: so simple to read, see the full history of how the fish behave.

cons: "less responsive" - not really an issue, modern sonars are insanely accurate, cost.


Flashers: the typewriters of hardwater...

Pros: very responsive, cheaper.

cons: generally more difficult to read

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Lanternman75
Posted on Nov 21, 2018 - 04:17 pm


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i have both and like many i prefer my helix sonar for deep water fish due to history and flasher for shallow perch or walleye, both work but sonar screen can get a bit busy to look at when you have schools of fish or weeds ect and the flasher is a bit easier to read in this scenario probably because i used a flasher for so many years; this preference is subjective.

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Dbfish
Posted on Nov 21, 2018 - 05:09 pm


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For years I preferred none at all,just my slipfloat. However in the last few years I have used both and wouldn't fish without one.My preference is now the graph style sonar!

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ilyukha
Posted on Nov 21, 2018 - 06:00 pm


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Sonar here as well, although sometimes I do enjoy using a flasher round circle mode for panfish.

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FatRap
Posted on Nov 21, 2018 - 09:03 pm


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I have used a flasher for the past couple of years and believe it has increased my catch rate, never used a sonar so I can't say which I prefer. Good comments on both, wouldn't help me make up my mind reading this post if I was looking to buy for the first time.

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Smilee
Posted on Nov 22, 2018 - 08:41 am


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I've had my FL8 for years now..... Won't leave home without it!! Great for panfish . Can see the advantages of using a sonar unit for deep water fishing though. Let the lakes freeze!!!!!!!🙂🙂

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Posted on Nov 22, 2018 - 09:33 am


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Both are useless if u look at your phone all day

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Nado
Posted on Nov 22, 2018 - 10:41 am


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I had the Ice 55 for a season before selling it and moving on to sonars. The only benefit I found with a true flasher over a sonar was fishing for panfish in shallow water. Anything other application the flasher doesn't come close to the sonar.

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Longshank
Posted on Nov 22, 2018 - 11:33 am


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Last time I used a flasher was in late 60,s fishing commercial salmon troller out in BC.

Imagine they may have a comeback now that herbs ae legal

for me its sonar all the way, especially for the units that can be used both winter and summer

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miro
Posted on Nov 22, 2018 - 12:14 pm


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QUOTE (Lanternman75 @ Nov 21, 2018 - 06:17 pm)
i have both and like many i prefer my helix sonar for deep water fish due to history and flasher for shallow perch or walleye, both work but sonar screen can get a bit busy to look at when you have schools of fish or weeds ect and the flasher is a bit easier to read in this scenario probably because i used a flasher for so many years; this preference is subjective.

I also have both sonar and flasher. When fishing deep water for lakers and white fish I use the sonar. I find it much easier to detect fish that are belly on bottom and being able to view history is a huge advantage. But when fishing shallower water 40fow or less especially for fish that are suspending I much prefer the flasher. Hard to beat that crisp strong signal you get from the flasher when dialed in properly.

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ClamFishing123
Posted on Nov 22, 2018 - 12:38 pm


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Not saying that all "Pro Staff" are the be all know all as some of them are trash but watching the ones who know their stuff, a lot of their footage/shows that are producing quality fish are using flashers on Hard Water.

I've used a Flasher for a few years now and would definitely say that it's very accurate and has helped produce fish.

On the other hand, I have friends that use sonar and swear by it - I would ultimately say it would come down to personal preference/experience with what you've used or seen been used.

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