Was out on Brest Bay over the weekend, using my Vexilar in this three hole arrangement. Had my two 10 inch holes drilled with my Jiffy Pro4 auger set up for jigging with two rods, while in the middle of the two, I drilled a smaller hole and put my Vexilar transducer down it. With this setup I am able to read both jigs at the same time, and can tell which one the fish are most interested in. By this rigging, I can tell right away which lures I should be using.
Think of it as trolling with multiple crankbaits, you can quickly find out which ones the walleye like the best. In a short amount of time, you can soon have all the boards running the same baits, and you increase your catch rate. The same concept applies when jigging through the ice. Also, added bonus….no more fighting the fish while at the same time trying to get the ducer out of the hole to avoid line tangles in the cable, and a lost trophy.
Now here is where a Vexilar will beat a LCD sonar unit every time, without fail. Whether using a spoon, blade or swimbait, in just about every instance you are tipping that lure with either a whole minnow or just the head section. It adds “flavor” or scent to your presentation. Often if you see you have been rejected by a walleye, its time to bring up your bait to make sure that minnow is still on the hook. More often than not after being shot down, you find that the minnow has been lost through the jigging process. It happens, sometimes they come off, it’s the nature of the beast.
This is the cool part to avoid fishing “baitless”, when you drop your presentation down the hole. By using a Vexilar flasher versus a LCD unit, you can actually see your minnow on the lure. It does not matter if you are using a spoon or swimbait, whole minnow or tipping with a minnow head! You simply cannot see that with a LCD, the signal you get back is just a blob representing the lure and minnow/head. Why is this, because the signal from the Vexilar is real-time, you have heard it before, its one of the advantages of using a flasher from Vex. On a LCD, the signal you get back does not separate the two and you don’t get the full picture.
When it comes to choosing a unit that best suits you for the style of ice fishing you do, the aisle with the Vexilar’s is where you need to go. After 15 years of fishing with a Vexilar on every trip, you will understand after your first time out, why I never go ice fishing without one in the Clam shanty. Hands down, without fail, these units will make you a better ice angler!