This model was released this past fall. I am considering this unit, it has side imaging sonar and gps. price seems right , just wondering if any body has one or knows of someone that has one and what they think of it
Any thoughts on the new Humminbird Helix 5 SI / GPS
Posted 04 August 2015 - 09:57 PM
Posted 05 August 2015 - 07:56 AM
Hi geoffr, thanks for replying, I have purchased this unit with Si.... I am pleased with it the sonar, works well although I need to learn to tweak it for best results. The SI , well I'm not sure if it works well, i'v tried to set it all different ways, but not happy with the screen input , and the same with the down imaging, just very little structure and fish. the sonar seems to show lots and am learning as I go. the GPS is very nice, very comforting when you head up river with many different passages, you know you can follow your way back, more so when it starts to get dark. do you get good input from your DI. If your interested in sharing thoughs / info you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. thanks.....Dana, would be nice to talk to someone that has these units
Posted 05 August 2015 - 12:04 PM
Posted 06 August 2015 - 06:32 PM
Posted 06 August 2015 - 06:34 PM
I just got the Helix 5 SI unit for my kayak a couple weeks ago. Had it out a few times now and from what I can tell it works great though I still have a lot to learn about configuring and reading it. A few YouTube videos I found did help out quite a bit.
I was out in Evandale 2 weekends ago trying to see if I could hook into a big Atlantic Surgeon in kayak for the first time. I wanted to go for a ride! Unfortunately there were nothing but eels, but interestingly for a few of the eels I was able to watch them through the Helix as they swam down from about 5 feet up to my bait on the bottom, just before I felt the bite.
Can't wait to get this unit out when I shortnose sturgeon fish in the fall... as if I don't already catch enough (60 this year so far!).
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