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Meet Humminbird’s ICE HELIX 5 and 7 CHIRP GPS G2

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RACINE, Wis. The ICE HELIX 5 (5-inch screen) and ICE HELIX 7 (7-inch screen) have been the go-to choice for winter anglers looking to have an all-in-one ice unit with built-in GPS capability. For the upcoming ice season, Humminbird has added a number of exclusive features to the second-generation ICE HELIX Series (G2) including CHIRP Digital Sonar, making it easier for anglers to differentiate between lures and finicky fish.

 Unlike traditional sonar, which operates at a single, constant frequency, CHIRP optimizes pulsing sonar signals for greater target separation. What that means to ice anglers is more detail and clarity. They can now confidently see the separation between bottom, bait and fish on the screen, instead of all three blending into one color on their locator or flasher. This is critical in ice fishing when most species of fish are hugging the bottom, and being able to identify your lure from the lake bottom can be the difference between going home empty handed or with a limit catch.

Contributing to the clarity of the new ICE HELIX 5 and 7 CHIRP GPS G2 is Humminbird’s new, easy-to-use Interference Rejection feature. Anyone that has ice fished with sonar on a busy lake can attest to the annoyance of unwanted interference from multiple sonar signals in the water, which causes screens to be difficult to read. The new Interference Rejection mode gives anglers comfort and confidence by letting them find the right sonar setting to cancel out these competing signals, resulting in a screen that is now void of noise and lines.

Also new is the ability to select from multiple screen views designed specifically for the ice angler. Anglers used to relying solely on a Flasher view still have that option, only now the on-screen flasher is split-screen next to 2-D sonar, which lets anglers track the history of a lure and fish. Other views include Flasher/Sonar Zoom, Flasher/Chart, Sonar/Chart, and Sonar/Sonar Zoom. The viewing screen is ultra-responsive with a resolution that’s 4-times greater than flasher-only models, and both ICE HELIX G2 models come without the humming sound that accompanies flashers.  

The ICE HELIX 5 and 7 CHIRP GPS G2 units have built-in GPS and function effortlessly with all Humminbird LakeMaster or SmartStrike charts. These maps make the most of an angler’s time on the water, helping them quickly locate productive water, reduce the number of holes that need to be drilled, and allow for precise waypoint placement on fishing spots. Both units come with the Humminbird Basemap, a pre-loaded mapping system that includes contour maps for more than 10,000 U.S. lakes.

Everything a winter angler needs comes standard with ICE HELIX 5 and 7 CHIRP GPS G2 units including – the CHIRP ice transducer and cable, an 800H x 480V color LED backlit display, a portable ice bag, gimbal mounting bracket, battery and charger (7 amp-hour for the ICE HELIX 5 G2 and 9 amp-hour for the ICE HELIX 7 G2). When the ice melts and the boat comes out of storage, both units can be used for open-water pursuits when paired with a Humminbird boat transducer.

The ICE HELIX 5 CHIRP GPS G2 and ICE HELIX 7 CHIRP GPS G2 models will be available this Fall.

For more information, call Humminbird at 800-633-1468 or visit http://www.humminbird.com/ICE-Series.

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