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Kato C
Posted: Sep 27, 2018 - 09:30 am


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A quick question, can I use a regular transducer from my boat for ice fishing or do I need to get Ice transducer. What is the benefit using an ice transducer over a regular transducer? Also is there a transducer arm support I can buy for my Humminbird CC ICE Soft Sided Carrying Case.

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Posted: Sep 27, 2018 - 09:59 am


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I use the same setup and transducer in summer and winter.

If you do a search here it is a common topic every winter.
Mine is suspended from a rope and floating piece of pool noodle.

I use the same thing for summer jigging, just toss it over the side, it floats.

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Posted: Sep 27, 2018 - 12:15 pm


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I used my "summer" transducer through the ice for several years too. You have to set it up or suspend it in some way that it points down but it can work find.

The one advantage to the ice-ducer is that you can just drop it in the hole and it points the right direction.

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Posted: Sep 27, 2018 - 12:48 pm


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Works the same, just not as convenient. If you buy a new machine and have the new transducer, Humminbird will swap it for the ice one for free, stock starts to get low come ice season so do it early.



https://www.humminbird.com/support/faqs/TransducerExchange

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Kato C
Posted: Sep 28, 2018 - 08:20 am


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Thanks everyone - I'm going to try out using my transducer from my boat.

Tight lines!!!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2018 - 09:51 am


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In regards to Humminbirds transom mount transducers vs their ice transducers for the Helix series, the "cone angle" or "degrees on bottom" are different and vary depending on the model you have. They both will still work. But there is a difference other than what has already been mentioned above.

Transom mount has a wider degree on bottom. I think the lowest you can go is 20 degrees. So if you are fishing with a partner and depending on how deep you are, you may be marking their bait. Sometimes even neighbors that are fishing around you..

Ice transducer has a smaller degree cone (as low as 15 degrees) which will be more direct underneath you.

If my info is wrong then please correct me, I'm not a pro in electronics.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2018 - 12:39 pm


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QUOTE (Kato C @ Sep 27, 2018 - 09:30 am)
A quick question, can I use a regular transducer from my boat for ice fishing or do I need to get Ice transducer. What is the benefit using an ice transducer over a regular transducer? Also is there a transducer arm support I can buy for my Humminbird CC ICE Soft Sided Carrying Case.

I did that few years ago and it worked well.

You can get away without using an arm. Use some "Pipe Insulation Foam" - attach it around the wire about 10 " above the transducer and use zip ties to hold it from sliding along the wire. That foam will keep your transducer afloat.

This is my understanding of transducers/frequencies/angle cones:

Most ice transducers are only one frequency, while the transom transducers could be 2 frequencies. Using a transom transducer on ice can give you an option to select between those 2 frequencies. Each frequency determines how wide is the cone signal in the water, so you can use a wide signal with less resolution or narrower signal with higher resolution.


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Posted: Sep 28, 2018 - 02:44 pm


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If you Google it you will find countless ways to do a Red Green solution. May not be as convenient as an Iceducer, but it works. My fave is the one with the zip ties.

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Wow you guys are the Best!!! Have a great weekend everyone... TGIF!!!

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Posted: Sep 28, 2018 - 05:49 pm


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For sure you can rig something up, but once you get an ice ducer set up, you'll never want to deal with the Rube Goldberg setups again. Believe me, I've done it both ways and the ice ducer is superior in every way.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2018 - 06:30 pm


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QUOTE (speo @ Sep 28, 2018 - 12:39 pm)
QUOTE (Kato C @ Sep 27, 2018 - 09:30 am)
A quick question, can I use a regular transducer from my boat for ice fishing or do I need to get Ice transducer.  What is the benefit using an ice transducer over a regular transducer?  Also is there a transducer arm support I can buy for my Humminbird CC ICE Soft Sided Carrying Case.

I did that few years ago and it worked well.

You can get away without using an arm. Use some "Pipe Insulation Foam" - attach it around the wire about 10 " above the transducer and use zip ties to hold it from sliding along the wire. That foam will keep your transducer afloat.

This is my understanding of transducers/frequencies/angle cones:

Most ice transducers are only one frequency, while the transom transducers could be 2 frequencies. Using a transom transducer on ice can give you an option to select between those 2 frequencies. Each frequency determines how wide is the cone signal in the water, so you can use a wide signal with less resolution or narrower signal with higher resolution.

Humminbird ice ducers are dual beam and can shoot two cone angles. The helix series is 80 or 200 Hz. Not sure about other makes/models

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Posted: Sep 28, 2018 - 06:45 pm


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Ice transducer is way to go. Don't need to play around and adjust it, drop the ducer and get fishing.

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