Keep in mind that I am always looking for images for our newsletter; fish, sunsets, sunrises, other anglers fishing, equipment, anything fishing related. I can use them all.  Large, unedited images are best. Thanks.

Created by Scott McKee Oct 31, 2018 at 1:09pm. Last updated by Scott McKee Oct 31, 2018.

Thank you, Jay!

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I pretty much have my heart set on a new helix 7 , anyone who has one and would like to send me there input.  Or anyone who has the side imagine, I’m not sure I need it for the extra $200- thanks  . Also if the club has any coupons for Cabelas they would like to share.

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I picked mine up late last summer. It's a really nice unit although a touch screen would be nice. It has great resolution and good speed, so you get a pretty accurate view. Side scan and down imaging are a real plus and worth the extra $$. 

Hi Pat,

I bought a helix 10 last year. Love the unit.

Not sure if the 7 has it, but Mega imaging gives a great view of the structure, almost picture-like, although you won't see the fish as well as the regular sonar. Side-imaging is nice - especially for trolling down the river. Again, great resolution. Not sure if it's a necessity, but fun to have and useful for finding structure. 

I don't think you can go wrong with the unit, but the one mistake I used to make was foregoing some of the extra features due to cost, but then wishing I had them.


Once you start using si to waypoint and map weed edges you will never be able to go without again. It will make your casting approach far more precision and ensure you never again miss those casts to hit the spot on the spot. SI allows you to see things in a different way and change the normal carpet bomb casting game into a precision strike operation. My advice is to save up and go bigger, having atleast a 9" unit will allow you to lay down waypoints on the si unit while watching the main map without constantly having to zoom. Also deciphering what u are actually seeing on the si is far easier with a larger screen. I put 2 10" helix units on my boat last season and although I was initially unhappy with them because of some shallow water sonar issues hb was having, mid season firmware updates solved all of my issues. Sell a few baits, buy atleast 9" and take the time to use the si as a tool that will help u catch more fish and not just a gimmick to look at boat wrecks and tires while trolling. My 2 cents.

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