Do you want to try ice fishing but wondering how to get a bite in such cold water? A fish finder can do the job for you.
If you are a professional fisherman, you surely know about this great device. But, if you are a hobbyist, you might want to try out this for leveling up your fishing game.
Fishing is my favorite hobby since childhood. Ice fishing excited me more than anything. The risk makes it more thrilling.
Almost every regular fish finder works through the ice. However, the most popular fish finder brand, Humminbird, has a special series just for ice anglers. Now even in the cold, you will know where the fishing is hot with their fish finders.
Here, I will give you the Humminbird ICE HELIX 5 review of this series.
Table of Contents
- 1 Humminbird ICE HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 Fish Finder:
- 2 What to look for in a fish finder?
- 3 Benefits of Humminbird ICE HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2:
- 4 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
- 5 Conclusion:
Humminbird ICE HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 Fish Finder:
There are five fish finders in this series. The Humminbird ICE H5 HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 has only SONAR, no GPS.
It is more budget-friendly and has some extraordinary features to overcome the deficit of GPS. The best and signature feature of it is the Dual Spectrum CHIRP Sonar.
To understand its prominence, you need to know how a fish finder works. I will talk about it in detail in the latter part of this review.
In simple terms, CHIRP is better than the 2D traditional sonars as the pulse waves reach greater depth and create more accurate images. The CHIRP of Humminbird is so good that you can see each fish and your bait and structure.
Humminbird ICE HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 lets you decide how your sonar returns/ images appear. There are more views than before. There are both Sonar and Flasher modes.
The combo of both 2D SONARS and flasher is available here on the same screen for the first time. As there are six settings, the sonar signals do not muddle the screen. So, you get clear images all day long in all modes.
You can now zoom your SONAR to a fixed point too. This way, you can hone in on one fish no matter where it is. In the 2D SONAR view, you can zoom eight times and on the flasher mode two times.
- Dual Spectrum CHIRP Sonar for a clearer image of fish, bait, and surfaces
- Jig Charge Mode for charging glow-painted spoons and jigs
- Detailed LCD Display
- Six different settings with two modes
- Operates with all congenial HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 transducers
- 1-Year Limited Warranty
- No in-built GPS
What to look for in a fish finder?
The features in a fish finder vary from company to company. But there are some essential features that every good fish finder must-have. Some of these are:
Its full form is Compressed High-Intensity Radar Pulse. You might be wondering what’s pulse wave. To understand better, you need to know how a fish finder works.
A fish finder sends sound waves into the water. These waves hit the fishes and different objects into the water. The transducer receives reflected echoes from them, and they are sent as an electric signal back to the fish finder.
Then the fish finder creates an image of where the fish and other objects inside the water are. The transducer alternatively keeps transmitting signals and receiving the echoes at high speed.
It takes a lot more time for a transducer to receive and listen to the echoes than to transmit the signals.
How is CHIRP different from the traditional SONARs?
The traditional SONARs can send pulse waves of only one frequency. So, the feedback or reflected echoes from them are very limited.
On the other hand, CHIRP sends a ceaseless range of frequencies and interprets the returned echoes individually. So, CHIRP creates a lot more detailed images than the traditional 2D SONARs.
The Humminbird ICE HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 fish finder has Dual Spectrum CHIRP.
The perks of having a GPS in the fish finder are many. You can navigate freely around the whole area for fishing if you have an in-built GPS in your fish finder.
However, sadly the Humminbird ICE HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 fish finder does not have an in-built GPS. However, it has the integrated GPS, Auto-Chart Live Ice, and a built-in Humminbird Basemap.
With Auto-Chart Live, you can contour maps of your fishing spots. Creating a map on ice to show drop-offs save a lot of time.
It also has the premium Humminbird Lake-Master mapping features. So you can find additional information like Shallow Water Highlight, Water Level Offset, and Depth Highlight with it.
What’s the point of all the premium features if you can’t properly see them on the screen?
The fish finder screen requires a lot of contrast in display during the bright sunshine and different weather. So, you need to ensure a high-resolution display and a large enough screen like Humminbird ICE H5 HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2, before buying a fish finder.
Portable vs Fixed:
The fixed fish finders are attached to the boats. So, it saves your energy and space to carry them every time you go out fishing.
If you own a boat and it’s the only one you use, then a fixed fish finder can be better for you. However, if you use rental boats for fishing and travel around a lot, then portable fishing finders are the best choice for you.
It is undoubtedly an essential thing to consider while buying anything. The price of a fish finder is proportional to its features.
So, you have to spend a bit more if you want all the features in one fish finder. The fish finder in this Humminbird ICE HELIX 5 Review is more on the budget-friendly side.
Benefits of Humminbird ICE HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2:
You can already tell from the features that the benefits of ICE H5 HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 are many. The biggest advantage of this fish finder is that it is compatible with all transducers that work with HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 transducers.
And not only that, it has a high-resolution 5-inch wide LCD display. The Dual Spectrum CHIRP Sonar creates precision structures and a high-resolution display to view it. It provides all the benefits you need for ice fishing.
Do I recommend it?
It’s one of the best ice fish finders on the market. You can call it a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for.
You should undoubtedly have a fish finder of the Humminbird ICE Helix Series if you have a knack for ice fishing. It can turn your hobby into a passion!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Is Humminbird ICE HELIX 5 fish finder portable?
Yes, it is. It also comes with a black Humminbird portable bag.
Does it have Built-In Bluetooth?
No, the Humminbird ICE H5 HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 does not have in-built Bluetooth.
Does it have an SD Slot?
Yes, it has a Single card reader slot. It can be used for premium software updates, mapping, or to save screenshots, sonar recordings, and way-points from your ICE HELIX.
Is Humminbird ICE HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 compatible with Helix 5 Transducers?
Yes, it is. Even though it is specially designed for ice-fishing, you can connect it with all HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 transducers for year-round fishing.
Is chirp sonar better?
Yes, CHIRP SONARs are better than the regular 2D Sonars. CHIRP SONAR radiates numerous frequencies and creates more detailed images.
Is Helix 5 compatible with ice fishing?
Yes, it is. However, you will need certain transducers for using your Helix 5 for ice fishing.
In this Humminbird ICE H5 HELIX 5 Review, I have explained all the outstanding features of the Humminbird ICE HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2. It is the most budget-friendly fish finder in the ICE Helix series of Humminbird.
Even though any regular fish finder can work through the ice, this series of Humminbird made sure that you can make the most of your ice fishing.
It is one of the best Humminbird fish finders in the market. Features like Auto-chart Live, 5-inch-high-definition display, Lake-master plus, SD Card Slot, and much more make it worth every penny.