Which Flasher Do I Buy?

OK, so you have decided to buy a Vexilar flasher. But which system do you buy? First, there is the unit, some offer a deep range version. Then there are three styles of transducers to choose from. And, in that, there are 4 transducer beam types to choose from. And do you want just the unit or the complete portable system for ice fishing or boat use? The choices can get a bit overwhelming.

To get the system you really need, you have to ask yourself two questions. One, what kind of fishing do you do most often? And two, what kind of mounting requirements do you have? With these questions answered, you can choose the proper unit, transducer, cone angle, and mounting method.

 

Flasher Unit Comparison

Take a look at the features of each unit and decide which one works best for what you want to do.

*Custom deep range unit available (240 feet for FL-8se / 300 feet for FL-18)

The Transducer

Your mounting requirement will determine which transducer you want.
There are four main types available:Transom Mount, Puck Style,AlumaDucerandIce Fishing.

Transom mount transducers are designed to be mounted on the transom of a boat. Hence the name, transom mount. The square, or wedge shaped, transducer comes with a mounting bracket and, onceproperly installed, can read the depth at almost any boat speed. The tricky part is the mounting. This transducer is widely used on aluminum boats.

Puck style transducers are, probably, the most versatile of all. They are designed for several applications. If you want toattach the ‘ducer to an electric trolling motor, this would be the one to choose. It has a curved top to fit the motor’s lower unit and slots for a strap to go through and around the motor. If you want to glass, or glue, the transducer into the hull of a fiberglass boat, the puck would be best because of it’s small size. The puck is also used for portable applications, such as, suction cup mounting and ice fishing.

For aluminum hull boats, theAlumaDuceris the best option if you want the transducer to be permanently attached inside the hull of the boat. This is a new type of transducer that is starting to become a very popular option. Installation takes care, but if done correctly, you’ll get great high speed reading without the worry of knocking the transducer off the transom in shallow water or when launching the boat.

Ice Fishing transducers are the best for, you guessed it, ice fishing. This style is relatively new, but has some important advantages for any type of vertical fishing.Ice-Ducersare designed to float, or be hung, in the water and point straight down. The idea is that you can place your line right next to the transducer and be able to see the bait on the flasher. Then you can see the fish as they come close and you can present your bait to the fish, instead of waiting for the fish to find your bait. This type of fishing can be just as effective from a good dock or a well anchored boat, as from a frozen lake surface.

 

The Cone Angle

Wide, narrow, medium, dual (wide/narrow), tri-beam (wide/medium/narrow)?Choosing a transducer beam anglecan be important, or not. Most anglers would be very pleased with either one. But if you really want to get serious you should decide which one is best for your fishing. The wide beam, 19 degree, is the smallest in size. So that may be important for mounting. The dual beam transducers have a switch box in the cord that needs to be accessible. The wide beam is the most common, because of it’s size, cost, and area of coverage. Narrow beams, like the Pro View, are becoming more and more popular because of their precision and power. The 12 degree transducers have very good performance for a range of applications.

 

Mounting

There are two methods that we provide to mount the unit. Gimbal mount or portable. All units come standard with a gimbal mounting bracket. This is what you need to mount to a platform. The unit is held down, but allowed to tilt freely for the best viewing angle. Two gimbal knobs are used to hold the unit in the bracket. An optional releasableswivel bracketis also available.

 

Portable or Ice Fishing

If you need a portable setup for a boat or for ice fishing, you should get a Pack system. They have the unit mounted on a portable case with the battery and charger all hooked up and ready to go. There are three Pack styles to choose from, depending on your budget and the amount of extras you want.

 

Getting It

Once you have decided what you need its time to go shopping.Our dealerstry to stock as many options as they can, but they won’t have everything. If you need a setup that is not a common system, than you may need to ask your dealer to order it for you. If that is not possible, than you can get what you want from us.

 

FL-8se FL-10 FL-12 FL-18 FL-20 FLX28 Head Unit

Model

FL-8se

FL-10

FL-12

FL-18

FL-20

FLX-28

Type

Gimbal

In-Dash

Gimbal

Gimbal

Gimbal

Gimbal

Use

Open Water or Ice Fishing

Open Water

Open Water or Ice Fishing

Open Water or Ice Fishing

Open Water or Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing Only

Flat Screen

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Power

400 Watts

400 Watts

400 Watts

400 Watts

400 Watts

400 Watts

(Variable Pulse Width)

kHz

200

200

200

200

200

200

Ranges

Six
20′ Min
120′ Max*

Three
20′ Min
200′ Max

Five
20′ Min
200′ Max

Five
20′ Min
200′ Max*

Five
20′ Min
300′ Max

Five + AUTO
10′ Min
300′ Max

Digital Depth

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

I.R.

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

LP Mode

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Zoom

No

No

No

6′ Auto Zoom

6′ Bottom Lock

6′ & 12′ Auto Zoom

6′ & 12′ Auto Zoom

Weed Mode

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Demo Mode

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Night Mode

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Ice System Option

Genz Pack

Pro Pack II

Ultra Pack

No

Genz Pack

Pro Pack II

Ultra Pack

Genz Pack

Pro Pack II

Ultra Pack

Genz Pack

Pro Pack II

Ultra Pack

Pro Pack II

Ultra Pack

Low Battery Warning

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes