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#12021798 - 01/05/17 10:03 AM Humminbird Mega 12 chirp
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Any of you guys know where I can get one of these units for better price Cabela has it for 2499. You guys have any good reviews on this unit I'm planning on purchasing one within the next month but would appreciate some feed back before I buy it. Thanks!!

Btw I'm still catching a butt load of whites on the lake guys. Some days all magnums. Some days a lot of potatoe chips but never a skunk. Hybrids been illusive this winter due to abnormal warmer weather.







Edited by brucevannguyen (01/06/17 01:11 PM)
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#12021807 - 01/05/17 10:09 AM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Bruce, call David. He's an expert on hummingbirds and super easy guy to talk to. He'll probably will match or beat the price.

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#12021879 - 01/05/17 10:40 AM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: SeaPro-Todd]
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Originally Posted By: SeaPro-Todd
Bruce, call David. He's an expert on hummingbirds and super easy guy to talk to. He'll probably will match or beat the price.

David @ 972-822-9285

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Good hearing from ya smile


Yep, David is good, I buy my graphs from him.
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#12021912 - 01/05/17 11:01 AM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Thanks guys!! If all rumor's is correct the new humminbird helix mega should give up some impressive scans.
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#12021947 - 01/05/17 11:15 AM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Originally Posted By: brucevannguyen
Thanks guys!! If all rumor's is correct the new humminbird helix mega should give up some impressive scans.


Yes, I want to see good screen shots of schools of fish before I buy one, so try it out and report back. I know you will be on the fish.
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#12022053 - 01/05/17 12:03 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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They will be out around mid month. I will be getting mine from Dave woot

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#12022092 - 01/05/17 12:27 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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#12022112 - 01/05/17 12:35 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Holy carp stripershack. Those are some impressive pics of scans. The pics with the fish shadow is impressive.Thanks!!
Y'all seen the size of that transducer!!?? It's like a big brick mounted on the transom.


Edited by brucevannguyen (01/05/17 08:27 PM)
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#12022154 - 01/05/17 12:58 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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The big ? for me is it really worth the extra $800-$900 dollars for the 12".
Need to go stare and compare the difference between the 10 and 12.
For the difference I could get a dedicated gps/map and only run the other for sonar and upgrade my mapping chip and still have $ left over.
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#12022164 - 01/05/17 01:02 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: StriperShack]
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Originally Posted By: StriperShack
The big ? for me is it really worth the extra $800-$900 dollars for the 12".
Need to go stare and compare the difference between the 10 and 12.
For the difference I could get a dedicated gps/map and only run the other for sonar and upgrade my mapping chip and still have $ left over.


You got a pretty good point there stripershack. I was thinking the same. Don't see much diff in the 10 verses the 12. I'm pretty happy with the old 10" I have now. Very hard decision.


Edited by brucevannguyen (01/05/17 01:07 PM)
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#12022204 - 01/05/17 01:15 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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There is not as much difference going from the 10" to the 12" as there is going from the 8" inch to the 10"

With that said… There is still a huge difference between 10 inch and 12 inch…

If possible, go with the 12".
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#12022223 - 01/05/17 01:25 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Anyway I always wanted a big flat screen tv on my little tin can boat. Now I got my wish,but still $800 in my pocket is still a lot of money. Knowing me I'm probably end up getting the 12". My older 10" is probably use for mapping and 2D only.

Maybe one day we'll have a smart fish finder like smart phones. Tv,internet, and fish finder all in one. Heck throw in phone capabilities too.


Edited by brucevannguyen (01/05/17 01:32 PM)
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#12022512 - 01/05/17 03:47 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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It doesn't look like you need one bolt

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#12023050 - 01/05/17 07:51 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Always go big Bruce. You can always downsize later.
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#12023064 - 01/05/17 08:00 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Bruce,
Check bbgmarine. Its where I got mine but I did not get the mega.
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#12023622 - 01/06/17 07:45 AM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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The only reason I have a 12" graph is because they don't make a 14".
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#12023921 - 01/06/17 09:56 AM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Unless your eyes improve with age, the biggest screen available is always the best route. When spending several thousand $$$$, the chances of replacement within 5 to 7 years is minimal.

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#12023958 - 01/06/17 10:13 AM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Anyway fish dots shows up a lot bigger on a bigger screen. We don't see that in comparison at the store on simulation mode. I've had friends complaint to me fish shows up on their screen as very tiny dots driving them nuts when they seees my screen shots and fish dots shows up a lot bigger. Some time they have a hard time distinguishing scool of fish.

Last thing any one need is fishing with some one else with a bigger screen and say dam!! I should of bought the bigger one. Your returns look a lot bigger


Edited by brucevannguyen (01/06/17 10:20 AM)
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#12023965 - 01/06/17 10:15 AM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: Txmedic033]
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Originally Posted By: Txmedic033
The only reason I have a 12" graph is because they don't make a 14".


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#12024065 - 01/06/17 11:08 AM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Bruce, I have the mega 10 on a boat like yours! My buds call it the bathtub. I live at cedar creek lake and would be glad to take you out and let you see it. In the turbid water here it is not as clear as they advertise. compared to the 1100 series ....the down scan is amazing. I agree with salsa that the 12 is gonna have a hard time getting much better than the broadband image that it has..Don't get me wrong, the Image is better. Chris Webb Guide service Has the helix 10. (brand new.....sore subject) My mega is marginally better than his. you aren't going to see any pocketknives in our waters. The best advice I can give you is to look at the images of the ships side by side that they use. To me that is the closest representation of what you will see. My 1198 looked a lot like the ship shown on the left and my MEGA looks a lot like the one shown on the right. I will be glad to help you in any way I can..(325)277-3540...Or call Chris Webb guide service

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#12024121 - 01/06/17 11:36 AM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Thanks Greg. I might take you up on that offer to take me out. Always wanted to visit cedar creek. I'll show you my rigs and tactics I use that will out fish a slabs in shallower water. Don't believe me we can fish side by side your boat my boat and see for your self. That rig will be deadly comes spring when them fish return to the lake from all the creeks and river. It is still working for me now for fish that still hang out in shallower water. I do prefer slabbing them when they don't move from underneath my boat though!!


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#12024130 - 01/06/17 11:40 AM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Here some more screen shots. The zoom feature is actually worth having now on the mega units

http://www.bbcboards.net/showthread.php?t=769737


Edited by 44 Diesel (01/06/17 11:47 AM)

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#12024988 - 01/06/17 06:03 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Forgive me but it's been a while since I asked. For around the same money, which benefits the most? The new Mega 10" or the older 12"?

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#12025020 - 01/06/17 06:23 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Originally Posted By: brucevannguyen
Holy carp stripershack. Those are some impressive pics of scans. The pics with the fish shadow is impressive.Thanks!!
Y'all seen the size of that transducer!!?? It's like a big brick mounted on the transom.


The MEGA SI transducer is 1" longer than the HDSI transducer----7" vs 6".
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#12025111 - 01/06/17 07:14 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: SweetRay]
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Originally Posted By: SweetRay
Bruce,
Check bbgmarine. Its where I got mine but I did not get the mega.


Also check out Universal Mania. Everyone is going to be selling this stuff for full MSRP for a while, so the deciding factor is, if you have a wad of cash laying around that you would like to donate to the State Comptroller or UPS. Sales tax on a Helix 12 Mega is over $200. Add shipping to that and you are kicking $250 in the butt. That will buy a pretty nice rod & reel.
Do a Google search on the Helix model you're thinking about and check out the on-line stores.

The choice between the Helix 10 & 12 can certainly raise your anxiety level. I just got a Helix 12 Chirp from Universal Mania that replaced a 999 I had on the bow. My setup now is the Helix on the bow and an1199 at the console. I'm wrestling on whether to replace the 1199 with a Helix 10 Mega. The usable screen size would be comparable with the 1199 which is fine for me. The almost $1000 difference between the 10 & the 12 puts the 12 completely out of consideration. I havn't seen an actual Mega screen, but the image quality on the Helix 12 Chirp is impressive to say the least. If I do replace something, it will be either the Helix 10 Mega or another Helix 12 Chirp.
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#12025226 - 01/06/17 08:19 PM Re: Humminbird Mega 12 chirp [Re: brucevannguyen]
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Thx Bob. Maybe I will wait for some posts from somebody with first hand experience and hope there are some 12" KVD models left if that's the way I decide to go.

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