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General Discussion / new for 20017, HB Helix 5 and 7 Ice flashers w/GPS
« on: November 06, 2016, 06:53:16 PM »
one of my warm water electronics sponsors sent me this release he just got, I certainly love the Helix 7 I have on the boat!! Pretty sure the 7" model was MSRP of $599, but don't quote me on that...LOL

For anglers who prefer a flasher view, the ICE HELIX 7's Digital Flasher mode is wickedly fast, showing jig and fish returns in real-time, and without the latency found in some digital flasher products. The algorithms found in "Jigging Mode" allow even better jig and fish returns, along with further customization via a Sensitivity control. Anglers can choose from three digital flasher/graph color palettes, depending on where they're fishing.

 While the digital flasher offers a traditional view of what's below, anglers are spending more time fishing in sonar graph mode, which offers several key advantages, as Minnesota ice fishing guide Brian "Bro" Brosdahl points out.

 "I'm a flasher guy, but I'm using the sonar graph mode more often. Instead of just seeing lines and bottom in digital flasher mode, you see the reality of what's below - the size of fish schools and their movement, insect life emerging out of the bottom, etc. In digital flasher mode, a fish moving into the cone is identified by the signal strength color and width changing; in the sonar graph mode, you actually see the fish appear from off screen and into the cone. Plus, you can watch your jigging in real time and study how fish respond. This allows me instant modification of my jigging cadence to catch more fish."

 Whether used in the larger, re-designed portable case or via RAM mount on your ATV, UTV, snow-machine - or in the truck cab like Brosdahl - the Humminbird ICE HELIX 7 sets a new standard for functionality, giving you more features and real-world performance to meet and exceed the harsh conditions of hardwater fishing.

 Call the ICE HELIX 7 a multi-dimensional fishfinder - not only great for the ice, but removed from its carrying case, perfect for a bass boat bow unit or as the primary unit on smaller watercraft, like today's fishing kayaks.

 "What I like about the ICE HELIX 7 is the versatility of it. I can put it in the truck, on the snowmobile, ATV, and you can 'bird's eye' view your way to spots via pre-determined trails. And in the bag it also goes anywhere you need it to go. Add the portable transducer accessory and you can carry into rental boats, your buddy's boat, take it to Canada, what-have-you. Plus, it has the ability to read map data collected from any other HELIX model through AutoChart Live. Just take your Zero Line card from your other HELIX unit, pop it into the ICE HELIX 7, and it's game on," says Brosdahl.

 Indeed, the new Humminbird ICE HELIX 7 SONAR GPS merges modern mapping with refined digital sonar to stand as the most advanced, biggest and brightest ice fishing combo-unit ice fishing has ever seen.

Ice HELIX 7 bag
• DualBeam PLUS Sonar w/SwitchFire - 200kHz / 20-degrees; 83kHz / 60-degrees
• Depth range: 1500 feet
• Power: 4000 W (Peak-to-Peak); 500 W (RMS)
• High-Speed LCD Flasher
• Internal Precision GPS
• 2500 Waypoints; 45 routes; 50/20,000 Tracks and Points
• Built-in Humminbird UniMap
• Micro SD Card Slot/Upgradeable Software
• Humminbird LakeMaster, LakeMaster PLUS, and  Zero Lines SD card compatibility
• Navionics® +, Navionics® Gold, HotMaps™ and HotMaps™ Premium compatibility
• Includes XI 9 20 Ice Transducer and Float (8 ft. cable length)
• Includes Ice Shuttle & Bag
• Includes 12 VDC 9AH AGM battery and charger
• Optional RAM Mounting: RAM-202-24-202U or RAM-202-24-B-202U; handlebar kit: RAM-231ZU, RAM-408-75-1U or RAM-408-112-15U
• Note: Vehicle RAM mounting requires optional Humminbird AD ICE ONE 12V Cigarette Plug Power Cable (pt. # 760021-1)
• Optional XPT 9 20 T Portable Suction-Cup Transducer Kit (pt. # 710161-1) converts ICE HELIX 7 for portable, open-water use

 For more information, please visit

Ice Gear for Sale / Clam Drill conversion auger plate
« on: December 02, 2015, 05:21:01 PM »
New in box. Bought last Dec but never used it and now upgraded to a power auger so it needs to go No trades. $55
 Located in Dayton but i also get to west Columbus ,Alum for dock tourneys, and As far north as Lima sometimes. I prefer not to ship

I can text pics if you like, or text me for info, before 7:30 PM please, 9379742908
Salmonid ( Mark)

Ice Gear for Sale / 5 ice combos and a hand auger
« on: March 15, 2015, 07:51:40 PM »
For sale, 5 ice combos, all used but in great shape!
 2 St Croix Avid 28" Ultralite with either a Shimano Sadona reel or a Rapala SX51UL reel, good 4 lb line $30 each

 1 St Croix Premier 28" Med Lite with Rapala SX51UL reel, 4 lb line, $35

 1 HT Ice Blue 18" Light with St Croix PS250 Reel, Good 4 lb line $25

 1 Bass Pro Extreme 28" Light with Northland XTP20reel, 6 lb ( used only 1 time) $30

 Strikemaster Mora 5" hand auger, used only 2 times, blades in perfect shape, bought last year, $35

Located in Dayton but may be able to get to you if you live within an hr if schedules can match up,  cash or paypal only, no trades, may ship as last resort for actual fees

Salmonid ( Mark)

Lake Erie / Metzger Marsh Sat Feb 28t
« on: March 01, 2015, 03:58:49 PM »
took my buddy Jeff out with some friends who are regulars up there, they pretty much provided the travel, bait and location, was somewhere around 5 miles out, had a few fish flurrys but getting them to the surface was the problem, ended up with 4 but my buddy Jeff got a real nice toad, 11.3 lbs, 30.5" and a 19" girth, Pimples with green seemed to be the best producer, I tried to attach a pic but its not working, Ill try to get it on here, BTW it was by far the busiest day Ive ever seen I guestimated over a 1000 shantys with in a few miles of where we were, crazy... we parked a looooong ways out at 6:10 am,  a big thanks to my buddys who baby-sat us!!


Kiser Lake State Park / KIser, Feb 22 & 26
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:39:34 PM »
Kiser ice is running around 12" and the whole lake is locked up. about 5-7" of snow on top making a sled pull a little rough but not too bad. been getting some nice gills  bigger then 7.5" by weeding through a bunch of 6.5" fish so they are still decent fish, managed 1-2 perch  too but doesn't seem like as many as in years past but we have been getting a  few nice crappies too, including several around the 12' mark. 4 of us managed about 8 crappies today, that's the most we have ever had in a day on the ice in several years, LOL  Keep moving, fish do not seem to be in one particular spot, ( I did get that 8 lb channel cat near the dam the other day in 10 FOW) and have gotten some gills in as shallow as 4 fow, if your not on them, move....
PS don't forget technically, no gas or electric augers allowed at Kiser but I doubt anyone would enforce it.


2020/2021 On-line Tournament! / 2/22. Kiser channel cat...
« on: February 22, 2015, 08:10:40 PM »
Got this 26" female channel cat today on a minnow at Kiser, had drilled a 5" hole and realized that wasn't gonna happen, so put on freespool and drilled a second hole, then chiseled out the bottom and had to go elbow deep to get her to open up her mouth enough for me to lip her and force her through the hole, LOL  This makes up for the bigger one I lost when we drilled another hole at Acton last month...Yeah, time for a bigger auger...


Out Of State Ice Fishing Trips / Green Bay walleyes and Whitefish??
« on: November 25, 2014, 02:48:12 PM »
Me and some buddy's are booked with legendary Ice Guide Bret Alexander for a 2 day trip in January to fish on Green Bay, looking for walleyes early and late and then whitefish in mid day. Really looking forward to it, anyone ever fished for whitefish or in Green Bay before?? any tips? will be sure to post a report once we get back. Im totally stoked about it after trying to do this trip last year but never made it. 


2020/2021 On-line Tournament! / Pond Crappie
« on: February 21, 2014, 08:15:30 PM »
13.25" from my pond this afternoon, also got a nice 11.25 heavy guy as well as a few shorties

Ice jig tipped with waxie


2020/2021 On-line Tournament! / LM Bass
« on: February 21, 2014, 08:12:13 PM »
not huge but always fun on a public lake to get a nice fish on an ice jig and the light rod, LOL
16.5",  maybe 2.5 lbs pretty heavy frame...Released...


C.J. Brown / CJ 1/26
« on: January 26, 2014, 07:13:12 PM »

Me, my buddy Scott and [email protected] and his buddy Ricky fished out from the ramp today, started at the 2nd pilings since some guys were already at first ones, we got 3-4 sunfish and 1 short crappie there between the 4 of us in an hour  so we headed straight out into deeper water, in the next 2 places we set up, we managed a fair number of fish, 1 small white bass, 1 small perch, 2 small channels cats, about a dozen short crappies and managed 8 keepers with 4 of them between 10-12" so enough action to keep us all happy since we were out in open water, ice was 6" at pilings and about 8-9" on the main lake. Fish caught on a variety of things, Ice jigs with both spikes and waxies, sweedish pimples, forage minnows, jigging raps and probably some other stuff. Couldn't find any consistencies to the bite, early on you had to really work them to bite then later after noon, if you jiggled it too much they swam away, we did mark many fish that were interested but wouldn't commit, frustrating....

 Overall a decent day with good friends and decent temps, the wind picked up later in the morning but in the shanty wasn't bad.

 I hope others did ok out on the ice today

 Mark Blauvelt
 Dayton, Ohio

2020/2021 On-line Tournament! / Indian Lake White bass
« on: January 18, 2014, 03:29:27 PM »
Got this 15" White bass out on the main lake today at Indian, again, slammed a Jigging Rap, barely and I mean barely..came through my 4" hole, LOL


Grand Lake St. Marys / any ice reports from this week?
« on: January 16, 2014, 05:54:42 PM »
Looking to head out either Sat or Sunday and wondered how the ice was in channels and on the main lake

Heard from a buddy the crappies were/been hitting good at the sailboat docks channel over the last weekend.


2020/2021 On-line Tournament! / Hybrid striper
« on: January 16, 2014, 02:12:09 PM »
From a private pond.. 18.5" just under 3 lbs,  Jigging Rap, perch colored


Small Pond Reports / Dayton area pond 1/4/14
« on: January 05, 2014, 11:53:08 AM »
Ok I fished about 2.5 hrs this morning with my buddy Scott on my pond, had a decent day with a nice mixed bag but no real picture fish.  Ice was a solid 4" everywhere with no snow except on the very edges.

between us got about 25 gills with about 7-8 being nice keepers from 7-8" and then 2 small channel cats and 6 black crappies but they were all in the 8" range and a 8" Yellow Perch   

Fish came on everything from a Perch Jigging Rap to ice jigs with either waxies or spikes on them.  most gills and cats from 10 FOW while the crappies and perch all came from 5+ FOW near brush.

Looking forward to later this week!!!


Grand Lake St. Marys / Gills , gills and more gills...
« on: December 18, 2013, 01:47:59 PM »
Not really.. but fished with my buddy Scott yesterday from 2:30-5:30pm in the SE corner of the lake, My buddy has a place on a channel back there, drilled probably 25 holes and just keept moving till we found em, and finally in one hole landed about 26-27 gills and 21 were keepers, and not barely keepers, real  solid keepers. 7-8.25"  so it worked out ok, but crappies were not to be found anywhere???? our honey hole was the deepest spot in the channel, just at 5 FOW, fished wood, deeper wood, and 5-6 wood structures we have placed around my buddies place, not a bite.... fish were on the bottom in the deepest part, right in the center of the channel. all fish on spikes and waxies  on all sorts of colors of rocker and teardrop jigs. bite was good too.

Thinking of hitting it again tomorrow around noon, anyone available? send me a PM or call 937-974-2908 Mark  ( Salmonid)

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