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#11365126 - 01/23/16 10:40 AM Finally took the SI plunge!
BrianTx01 Offline
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Registered: 04/13/09
Posts: 5735
Loc: Fort Worth
After deep thought and extensive research, I finally took the plunge and bought a Helix 9 SI. I have been using A Lowrance HDS 5 Gen 1 for years. I am a little nervous about the switch from Lowrance to Humminbird, but several people I know and trust have assured me this is a good move.

I have heard the saying "buy the biggest screen you can afford" many times. For me it is more like "buy the biggest screen my wife will let me". I am almost worried it might be too big for my little Lowe FM165.
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#11365168 - 01/23/16 11:03 AM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: BrianTx01]
cbag1 Offline
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Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 553
Loc: New Braunfels
Well get it hooked up and let us know the results. I bet you are going to love it. Congratulations cheers

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#11365246 - 01/23/16 12:06 PM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: BrianTx01]
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Registered: 10/25/02
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Loc: saginaw,tx
Congrats! You will be amazed when you start seeing fish in areas where you would not have thought they would be.
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#11365297 - 01/23/16 12:46 PM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: BrianTx01]
OPTIMUS PRIME Offline
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Registered: 05/20/10
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Awesome man!!! That'll work!!! cheers
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#11365321 - 01/23/16 01:05 PM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: BrianTx01]
Spiderman Online   content
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It will change your Life, I know it did mine. Side imaging on a big screen shows you everything that is there. I mounted my transducer on my trolling motor. Just turn the trolling motor on 50% and troll in a straight line. Reduce the SI to 60' on each side and go from there.

The amount of detail & education of what the structure & cover "really" look like is amazing.

Just cruise the lake slowly & there will be things pop up you have never seen before. Simple ledges with fish stacked up on them, there today gone tomorrow.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I have mine!
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#11365334 - 01/23/16 01:14 PM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: BrianTx01]
BrianTx01 Offline
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I am planning on transom mounting mine. I don't do much trolling.
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#11365350 - 01/23/16 01:25 PM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: BrianTx01]
pelican Offline
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Loc: Grapevine
I think you'll be happy and I don't think it's to big.
I'm running a 999 on my Kayak and there are times I think about BIGGER!

You might consider upgrading your transducer to the HDSI before you open the transducer packaging.
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#11365724 - 01/23/16 06:08 PM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: pelican]
TCK73 Online   content
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Registered: 03/26/15
Posts: 1859
Loc: Jack County
SI is a game changer. I have been able to eliminate a lot of areas I would have tried and moved on to better. I'm upset with my Onix, the temp wouldn't work today and it worked good last week. bang
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#11365746 - 01/23/16 06:19 PM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: BrianTx01]
Poppa P Offline
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Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 60
Loc: Texas, Nevada
Congrats and enjoy
See ya on the water

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#11365847 - 01/23/16 07:27 PM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: BrianTx01]
GetSlimed Offline
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Registered: 01/05/14
Posts: 447
Loc: Bedford, TX
Very cool, congrats! Definitely want to hear a report on the Helix. I think you'll like the Humminbird. I'd like to see a comparison of the 1198 vs Helix 12 vs ION/ONIX 12.
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#11366152 - 01/23/16 10:32 PM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: BrianTx01]
cbag1 Offline
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Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 553
Loc: New Braunfels
I'm going to put a SI on my kayak

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#11366159 - 01/23/16 10:36 PM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: GetSlimed]
Spiderman Online   content
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Originally Posted By: GetSlimed
Very cool, congrats! Definitely want to hear a report on the Helix. I think you'll like the Humminbird. I'd like to see a comparison of the 1198 vs Helix 12 vs ION/ONIX 12.



I think Wayne P. Has had them all...lol.
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#11366235 - 01/24/16 12:44 AM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: GetSlimed]
BrianTx01 Offline
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Registered: 04/13/09
Posts: 5735
Loc: Fort Worth
Originally Posted By: GetSlimed
Very cool, congrats! Definitely want to hear a report on the Helix. I think you'll like the Humminbird. I'd like to see a comparison of the 1198 vs Helix 12 vs ION/ONIX 12.


The Onix 12 is about two grand more...so you are not going to be hearing that comparison from me.
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#11366484 - 01/24/16 09:08 AM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: BrianTx01]
banker-always fishing Online   content
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Very nice! thumb
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#11366534 - 01/24/16 09:42 AM Re: Finally took the SI plunge! [Re: BrianTx01]
Wayne P. Online   content
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Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 3431
Loc: Charlottesville, Va
Originally Posted By: BrianTx01
Originally Posted By: GetSlimed
Very cool, congrats! Definitely want to hear a report on the Helix. I think you'll like the Humminbird. I'd like to see a comparison of the 1198 vs Helix 12 vs ION/ONIX 12.


The Onix 12 is about two grand more...so you are not going to be hearing that comparison from me.


There is no ONIX 12. There is the Helix 12. There is the ONIX 8 and ONIX 10.

The ONIX 10 has a higher resolution display than the 1100 series by about 5,000 pixels per square inch.
The Helix 10 and ONIX 10 have about the same screen resolution.
The Helix 12 has a higher screen resolution than the ONIX 10 and Helix 10 by about 3,000 pixels per square inch.

I ran the bow 360 with one of my 1198's in 2014 and then got the ONIX 10 SI NT to run it last year since it has the higher screen resolution. The Helix 12 would be even better and display larger images.
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