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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-11-2018, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Ice fishing old & new gear

Got a nice surprise the other day . My daughter took me up on an offer on going ice fishing . So I'm getting the old gear together tent , auger , sled and tackle . I then realized I included my old fish finder with an old boat I sold years ago . So under the recommendation of one of the members here ( can't find the post ) , I purchased a Garmin Stricker 4 . I've never used a Flasher so I'll probably stick to the standard mode till I get it figured out . I just finished making a portable box for the Garmin , so we should be set to go .
Now I'm just checking on the conditions at Lake Arthur . Years ago ( 20+ ) , Muddy Creek branch was the location of choice . Is that still a good recommendation ? In the past I've also had good luck up the Mt. Zion Church branch . Any advice on the operation of the ( new to me ) Garmin or fishing locations at Moraine are greatly appreciated . We'll probably make our first attempt Tuesday or Wednesday of this coming week . Thanks for any advice in advance .
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-18-2018, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Well , we got out on the ice Tuesday afternoon up in the Muddy Creek branch . No one was doing very well . There was a solid 8 - 10 inches of ice . Shoreline was solid also . Gamin Stricker 4 worked excellent ! I could see my minnows at all depths in 9 ft. of water with the standard transducer . Split duel frequencies worked great . Flasher mode seems to work well , but I still need to learn what it's telling me . We didn't get any fish , but it was good just to be back out ice fishing again . Hopefully I'll have fish pictures to share next time we get out . Good luck to you all and be safe out there .
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My Son and I researched that same unit and ordered the bundle for each of us yesterday. My old Humminbird portable is over 30 years old so opted for new technology! lol
A lot of youtube videos about the Garmin to check out.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-19-2018, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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I don't require a lot of performance from a fish finder , but I'm still amazed at what $120.00 can get today in the technology category . A GPS and a good finder all in one . Granted the screen is small , but still very readable . I'm very happy with the Garmin . It should also fit very nicely in my kayak and canoe . Best of luck with yours MQ 1.
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I purchased the portable Garmin Striker 4 to use on my kayak. It's a great kayak unit plus it is very good on the ice as well.

I also recommend getting the Noqua battery for it as well, it weighs less than 2 pounds and holds a charge all day.
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Great looking set up Trapper . I just fixed up a lunch cooler for the Garmin & battery to make a portable ice fishing unit . When spring arrives , I hope to get my kayak fixed up like yours for some lake fishing . Is your transducer in a fixed position or do you float it beside the kayak ? I figured it would probably read better if in a fixed position . I'll have to hit Cabela's for some type of flexible extension for the transducer .
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Is your transducer in a fixed position or do you float it beside the kayak ? I figured it would probably read better if in a fixed position . I'll have to hit Cabela's for some type of flexible extension for the transducer .
The Garmin portable unit came with a suction cup mount for the transducer. I used that for several outings but the suction cup kept popping off. I was looking into the Ram transducer mount for kayak but I had a Scotty rod holder, mounted that on the kayak, then I took a 1" PVC pipe I had laying around and put an elbow and sleeve on it to make my own transducer mount. It actually works pretty good. I'll take pictures later and post to show how this set up works.

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Thanks Trapper . I actually was on a Ice Fishing forum that had a 80+ ? pages of using PVC for everything imaginable . There are some very inventive outdoors men out there . I even used a small piece for my ice fishing transducer set-up . I ran the transducer cable up through a 1 inch x 6 inch piece of PVC and screwed the transducer to the PVC , then slipped a extra fat piece of pool noodle over the PVC . Then you snug up the transducer to the pool noodle and it floats nicely in your hole in the ice .
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Here's a pic of my ice set up for the Garmin Striker .
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