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Mark,

I'm planning on upgrading my sonar from the Vex FL8 to something else. After doing abit of research, I'm leaning hard to the Marcum LX5. I do find the Lowrance Ice Machine M68 with GPS do be an interesting piece of technology. If I remember, you use a Lowrance liquid crystal flasher for ice fishing. How has that worked out for you? Any recommendations? Thanks,

Ben

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I have an x67c which has been just a great unit summer and winter. I'll stack it up against a Vex or Marcum. I also have an LX5 and it is a great unit. The shortcoming of the x68 is it doesn't take any lake map chips but if you know your coordinates it'll do the trick. FYI Marcum does sell a summer bracket and transducer so you can put your flasher on the bow of your boat. Can't go wrong with any of these units. If you can spring the $$$ the LMS522 can also be used for ice fishing. It has an internal GPS and takes lake map chips. I'll be testing that unit out this winter. I have used the Lowrance units in some very nasty weather outdoors with no issues at all. Just don't leave them in the vehicle in subfreezing temps over a period of days because that can cause some issues.

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Wow thanks for the input Mark. Really glad you mentioned the "don't leave it in the car w/sub freezing temps" comment. I tend to be a "minuteman" ice fisherman in that I pretty much leave me one man portable, sonar and auger in the back of my vehicle all winter. You never know when I'm going to get the call/itch. Plus our "lake X" just so happens to be on the way home from work now. So my sonar unit better be able to handle all sorts of cold weather...

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