Added Ice Ducer to 597 ci HD DI 2/21/2014
Customer review by Tollbooth
3.0 stars 2/21/2014 by Tollbooth
I have had the unit out a single time. I like the fact that I can use it with my lake maps and has the GPS all in one unit. Pros
Central depth display
Do not need a separate flasher unit
I like my HB Cons
Many times the unit randomly "cycles" and the depth changes erratically i.e.., 15'-65' as do the flasher bars
Despite not moving the unit the GPS view showed that I moved all over the lake.
Still working on trying to figure out the sensitivities to help decide what may and may not be fish. Spent a lot of time and still have not found the ideal settings which I know will change based on the bottom of the water we are fishing.
Would be cool to have the flasher and a vertical depth shot on the screen at the same time. We compared side by side and down the same hole with Vexilar FL-12, the FL-12 seemed to be cleaner viewing but again this may be do to not correctly adjusting the sensitivities of the HB. I am thinking this is really a learning curve with the HB as many of the other online reviews show a much cleaner screen on the HB. Seems to be a better choice and certainly cheaper to add the Xi 9 20 to your existing unit than purchase the ice 597 as it seems that there is greater power with the non ice version of the 597 and you have more screen options. My fishing buddy has exactly the same unit and ice dicer. We compared them at the same time different ice holes. initially he was having all kinds of issues with depth, cycling etc. We both think this was a internal processing issue. He re did his settings to factory defaults and this was not an issue. We thought there may be some interference with the issues being to close together 8" but we shut one off and there was no change. He felt that the images from the FL-12 were better with less "cycling" and re packaged his ice ducer for return. I am going to work a little more with it.
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