Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
LXHunter

Marcum LX-5 Question

16 posts in this topic

Quick question, today when I was running my LX-5 I noticed something strange. As soon as my shanty was set up and my holes were augered I set up my LX-5. I knew the depth of water I was in so I immediately went to the 40' range and pressed Zoom as I was going to set a 10' zoom range between 16' and 26' in 30' of water. As I was using the DN button to move the zoom window down in the water column, I noticed that the two blinking yellow lights delineating the zoom window were not the solid bars that I typically see. The bottom bar flickered out as it moved through the water column as did the top one when it moved through a certain area. Concerned, I sent a jig down and it also flickered out in the general area. The zoomed-in area on the left side of the dial worked just fine. I turned the unit on and off several times and it still reacted the same way. When I set up and used the unit in normal mode it worked just fine. Finally, I just let it run a few minutes, and the problem went a way. Have any of you experienced this? Typically, I don't use the Zoom feature right away and I was wondering if the unit just needed to warm up. Also it wasn't very cold today, right around freezing, so I don't think that was the problem. I plan on contacting Marcum regarding this, but any input you all may have would be greatly appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have never had that problem, and I use the zoom a lot when fishing deeper water. I would be interested to hear what Marcum has to say about it. Let us know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Contact MarCum cust service... they will take care of you.. great people to deal with!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Shaved ice frozen onto the bottom of the transducer (trapped air bubbles)?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:


Contact MarCum cust service... they will take care of you.. great people to deal with!


I agree with this. Mine had a transformer blow on it and I needed it for Slabfest. I sent it to them on Tuesday afternoon and had it back on my doorstep and working great by Friday afternoon. Pretty quick turn around and they were willing to do whatever it took to get it back to me on time for my trip.

I really appreciated how they were wiling to go the extra mile for me. laugh.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know I'm hijacking but since we are on Marcum questions, how do you read the depth when you go to the 40ft scale? What do the various rings in the center mean? The book is pretty vague and it doesn't seem to be the same as the vexilar. Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If your in 40' depth setting you need to double the 20' outer white scale setting and you have your depth. So if your in 35' of water it will show up as 17.5' on the outer white scale in the 40' depth setting. Same with the 160' depth setting you would double the 80' scale to get the correct depth.

The book is pretty generic but with MarCum's you don't need a manual or DVD to figure it out. Time on the ice and getting to know what your seeing in front of you are the best way of learning the units. Not many guys I know will whip out a manual while fishing, find your depth and play around with it, try the features, learn them, know them and enjoy the ride. It takes some longer if it's there first unit.. Try to schedule a trip with a friend that has flasher experience and knows how to use it. After a few trips you will be an expert and the manual will stay put in the box from whence it came.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

The book is pretty generic but with MarCum's you don't need a manual or DVD to figure it out. Time on the ice and getting to know what your seeing in front of you are the best way of learning the units...


You know, Tim, I'll agree with a lot of what you say there. But you gotta admit, the Marcum "manual" could use more than just a bit of improvement. It's like the good folks at Marcum spend 110% of their energy on the product (and don't get me wrong, I appreciate that!), but then they've got nothing left for much more than an advertising pamplet for the documentation end of things. How about some pages of specs, drawings of different dial readings (not just that one photo) and parts drawings, some info on batteries, ducers, etc. Oh well, at least I can get the info I need on FM... smirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

[quote It's like the good folks at Marcum spend 110% of their energy on the product (and don't get me wrong, I appreciate that!)


That's right schweady grin.gif, but maybe they don't want to give out any trade secrets wink.gifgrin.gif Anyhow I just sent your request to the top... Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Tim and/or Dietz,

I have new LX5, and it works fine, except I noticed it very loud. I thought, from reading here, that the Vex's should be louder than my LX-5. So I was trying to see what is causing it, and it is not electric noise at all. When I turn it off, you still hear the "scratching" as the unlit dial spins to a stop. So it is something "mechanical". Almost like metal brushing sound. Any thoughts? And do you know if I can drop it off in Brainerd in summer, as I have cabin near there. I know I will most likely just call them after the season and find out, but you seem to have the best advice, thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I do it the lazy mans way and go to the 80ft setting and read the 0-80 ft red circle to get my depth reading then go back to the 40 ft setting .No multiplying to do in my head this way . wink.gif

TD

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

BoxMN - Sounds like somethings out of alignment... Contact MarCum customer service at the end of the season or now and they will give it the once over and get it back to you fast! Don't forget to put the RMA number on the box.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, what tim said! wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, I checked for ice on the transducer and the battery was freshly charged, so it wasn't either of those that caused my problem. I tested my unit on the countertop today (couldn't fish because it's been raining since the am and hasn't stopped frown.gif) and wasn't able to recreate the problem. Contacted Marcum Customer Service and they indicated they hadn't heard of such a problem but that they would take care of me if it reappeared and offered to take a look at it after the ice season ended. So all and all I was happy with Marcum's prompt response to my concerns and I will definetly take them up on their offer at the end of the season.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

I do it the lazy mans way and go to the 80ft setting and read the 0-80 ft red circle to get my depth reading then go back to the 40 ft setting .No multiplying to do in my head this way .
wink.gif

TD


I'm new with the lx-5. Trapperdirk, I like the quick way to read the depth never tried it but now i will, usally i'm fishing in 30 ft. Great tip, wondering if other lx-5 owners have more tips on using it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One thing I do at the start of a new day is turn the sens up higher than normal if using zoom, then let the jig/etc. get down to bottom and then fine tune it AFTER it gets down to where I want it in the zoom. Just seems easier when you hit a new spot for the day that might be different than the last spot/lake/lure you fished.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • LoisBrowder
      So, funny pictures!
    • ZachD
      In my eyes anywhere on the Rum is great for smallies. So far this year everytime I have been out the levels have been great even after all the rain we had just had to wait a couple days and the water was great. I put in at the Anoka fair grounds and travel up river
    • ZachD
      (Too much mercury may affect a child’s behavior and lead to learning problems later in life.) That would explain some of the backwoods people     All jokes aside I would limit it to one serving a month for being pregnant or breast feeding for Bass, Catfish, Trout, Walleye, northern like they say   "Young children (under 15 years old) and fetuses are more sensitive to mercury. Too much mercury can cause lasting problems with understanding and learning. But studies show children benefit developmentally when moms eat fish low in mercury during pregnancy. "   Just because you are not glowing doesn't mean its necessarily healthy for a fetus it takes awhile for it to build up in a healthy adult that's just my           Methylmercury exposure in Wisconsin: A case study series” (2005)
      This articles describes exposure of 14 people who at fish two times a week or more and one person who ate no fish. "Three of the individuals reported vague subclinical symptoms such as mental confusion, sleep difficulty, balance problems, or visual disturbances, which improved after their mercury levels returned to  
    • trumy
      I belive you need to pick up permit day before you enter when getting a motor day use permit that's how it works on snowbank 
    • Smythe
      I'm heading up to Blackduck for the long July 4th weekend and we are hoping on maybe getting out on Red for a day.  I've only ice fished it twice,  so I'm wondering about the best places to launch the boat.  It looks like there is only the one public launch in Waskish.  The 2 times I ice fished up there we went out of JR's Corner resort.  Would it be best to just launch from one of the resorts.  Any advice would be appreciated,  thanks in advance.      
    • waterspaniel
      6/17-24 at LaBelle's Birch Point lodge in NW Bay.   walleyes seemed scattered--trolled crankbaits and lindy-rigged leaches.  cool, wet, windy weather half the week.  no bass.
    • monstermoose78
      Juan that is great area for smallies. The water looks clear for the rum it's time. It's a long way to the next landing so you might want put in in Princeton and fish to that access You can get out at highway 47 so that is not to bad. I forgot about that I was thinking you had get almost to Cambridge.
    • gus004
      Thanks for the update.  Keep this updated.  Heading up on Saturday for the week and need to dial in the bait for the week or if we are going to be spending all day looking for active fish.  
    • Satchmo
      Been a decent year on Kab, but the variable weather has fishing in an unpredictable pattern too. Much like last year, saugers have made up a big chunk of the catch, but walleyes are coming around. LOTS of small 9"-11" 'eyes around mixed with some 15"-16" 'eyes and sauger. Some folks are still picking up some of the jumbo perch too. Little pike are everywhere and quite the nuisance.
    • fivebucks
      You kind of hit the weather bad this past weekend.  Wind, rain, and more wind not to mention cold fronts moving thru.  I was on the lake my cabin is on in the general area of Red and I had a tough time scrapping together a meal - and I've fished the lake for 15+ years.  Sometimes mother nature throws you a curve and no matter how good the lake is sometimes it doesn't matter.