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#12598856 - 01/28/18 10:37 AM Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex?
Jig-N-Spoon Offline
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Registered: 04/27/04
Posts: 303
Loc: Canyon, TX
Currently using multiple Lowrances and want to get an Ultrex. Is it worth adding a Bird at bow to take advantage of linking technology available on the Ultrex? Thanks, 'spoon

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#12598869 - 01/28/18 10:57 AM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: Jig-N-Spoon]
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Might wait till tomorrow, might make your decision a little easier. I don't know what they have up their sleeve?
http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/12597050/We're_Adding_Another_Big_Name_#Post12597050
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#12598883 - 01/28/18 11:17 AM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: Jig-N-Spoon]
Wayne P. Online   content
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iPilot LINK with Humminbird units gives you "Follow-the-Contour" with Lakemaster HD mapping and more memory for Spotlocks (waypoints) and iTracks. Plus Follow-Weedlines using Auto Chart Live or Auto Chart maps.
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#12598997 - 01/28/18 01:06 PM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: Jig-N-Spoon]
21xs Elite Offline
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I had Lowrance and an Ultrex and switched to the HB Solix and glad I did.

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#12599184 - 01/28/18 04:14 PM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: 21xs Elite]
Mike Keenan Online   content
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I have an Ultrex (with the link) for my Helix 9, I love it. I will love it more when my new non-US2 transducer gets here. I’m considering getting another chip for the front to match my Helix 10.


Edited by Mike Keenan (01/28/18 04:15 PM)
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#12599210 - 01/28/18 04:39 PM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: Jig-N-Spoon]
GIG'EM AGGIES Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Jig-N-Spoon
Currently using multiple Lowrances and want to get an Ultrex. Is it worth adding a Bird at bow to take advantage of linking technology available on the Ultrex? Thanks, 'spoon


Listen to Wayne P. he knows his $hit when it comes to electronics, trust me.
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#12599384 - 01/28/18 06:26 PM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: Jig-N-Spoon]
Bobby Milam Offline
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Registered: 07/13/14
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That's a personal decision that you have to make as to how you fish. I've been using Ipilot for several years. I've had link and non link units. I much prefer the link for the added capability but can go without it. I'd be more concerned with the fish finder side of the question. Do you like your Lowrance better than the Helix. If you can get more out of a Helix then go link. I wouldn't change ff brands solely for the link version.

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#12599425 - 01/28/18 06:44 PM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: Jig-N-Spoon]
Shallow Waters Online   content
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Registered: 01/03/17
Posts: 470
I have link and very rarely use it. It's nice to have but you can definitely do without and never notice. If you are the type that cuts the big motor and drifts to your spot and start casting right away, then the link features would take too long for you to ever use them anyways.

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#12599449 - 01/28/18 06:56 PM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: Jig-N-Spoon]
ezbassin Offline
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Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 13101
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
I would not if that is your only reason to get a Humminbird, but have you checked out some of their latest creations, and their customer service is way better than Lowrance.

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#12599485 - 01/28/18 07:29 PM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: ezbassin]
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Originally Posted By: ezbassin
I would not if that is your only reason to get a Humminbird, but have you checked out some of their latest creations, and their customer service is way better than Lowrance.
totally agree. I had three Helix units when I bought my Ultrex, so I boiught the Link version. Since then, I've changed boats and the new boat had Lowrance. I have sold two of the Helix units and kept one. I NEVER use the contour follow and only played with the i-track stuff once to say I did. The saving of spots is useful, but even then, only slightly.
My vote is save your money.
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#12599558 - 01/28/18 08:21 PM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: Jig-N-Spoon]
Jig-N-Spoon Offline
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Registered: 04/27/04
Posts: 303
Loc: Canyon, TX
Thanks guys. I have and like my Lowrance units and know how to use them. I just didn’t know how effective the GPS capabilities of a HB linked unit to the Ultrex might be. Mainly interested in spot lock anyway. If the grass would come back in Amistad (which I hear it is) and the punch bite returns I may reconsider smile I appreciate the feedback. ‘Spoon

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#12599960 - 01/29/18 08:28 AM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: Jig-N-Spoon]
texasbassdude Offline
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Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 217
Loc: San Antonio, TX
I don't know that I would switch electronics just for the iPilot Link. I have Humminbird electronics (bow and console) with my new Terrova (all the same technology as the Ultrex), but I didn't pony up the extra $500 for the iPilot link functionality. It's obviously a personal decision, but I think I made the right one. I just don't think the 'follow the contour line' was worth $500. Yes, the spot lock waypoints get saved in the unit, too, but it's not exactly a whole lot of work to create the waypoint manually.

If you stay with Lowrance, you save $$$ by not getting new electronics plus the ~$500 difference in trolling motors by not getting the iPilot link.

That's my USD $0.02

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#12600319 - 01/29/18 11:48 AM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: H2ODawg67]
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: H2ODawg67
Might wait till tomorrow, might make your decision a little easier. I don't know what they have up their sleeve?
http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/12597050/We're_Adding_Another_Big_Name_#Post12597050
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Unless he wants KVD advice and has his phone number nothing to wait for.

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#12600458 - 01/29/18 01:07 PM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: Insurance man]
Mike Keenan Online   content
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Registered: 10/31/04
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Loc: San Diego, Ca/ Sanger, Tx
So I just got an email... KVD, made the switch too.. he’s an all Minn Kota guy now...
Ultrex, battery charger etc... not that it’s a shock
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#12600670 - 01/29/18 03:03 PM Re: Worth Buying a Humminbird to Use With Ultrex? [Re: Jig-N-Spoon]
texasbassdude Offline
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Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 217
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Don't forget that KVD uses Humminbird electronics, which is owned by the same company as Minn Kota, Johnson Outdoors

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