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slipperybob

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  1. 2lb test for Crappies. What's ya using?

    Like nonexistent. Basically fishing 1# line. I myself prefer 3-4# test lines cuz I find the small diameter lines too limp and difficult for me to tie.
  2. 2lb test for Crappies. What's ya using?

    Gamma ESP ice line. The strongest. 2# at a 1# diameter.
  3. Favs for crappie deadstick/slip float n minnow jigs

    Dorsal fin or tail for like Forage minnow jigs. Otherwise lip or tail with standard round head jigs.
  4. Jigging for pike

    1/2 oz to 1 oz spoons tipped with meat works for me. Although I don't jig that shallow at all.
  5. Braid on Ice

    The spacing between the braid is gonna hold water, there's not much one can do about that. However reducing the speed of how fast you reel up will allow a lot of water droplets to run off. Also line pinching goes a long way.
  6. Clear Lake in Forest Lake

    Inlet and outlet areas, flowing water...early/late ice. The outlet is obviously seen from the highway. The inlet, I've never personally been to.
  7. Using #4 Rippin Raps

    Let's just say, I haven't been fishing mine either. Baiting lures with meat, well its the meat and not so much the lure, now. IMO
  8. In line ice reels

    you can easily put 1000 yards if you wanted to.
  9. How to use inline reels?

    If you are running light lures, you will strip line, I do it on spinning reels already. There is a method to it. Heavier lures that call pull line, no problem it spool will spin. There is still a method to it for line management.
  10. Defective Rapalas

    Not to deter people from buying rapalas but salmo are a higher quality imitator. Not a duplicate cuz they do wobble and dive differently. Sometimes a rapala produces, sometimes its a salmo, and other times urs a totally different manufacturer.
  11. First expensive Rod

    Everyone has a preference. Some rods just simply operate as an extension of oneself, while others may be an annoyance eating away at you. In general I did find some more expensive rod to work artificial lures better. However the very expensive rods, did not provide any noticeable difference in cost performance.
  12. Gar Invasion

    This has happened to me before. It was like one day, my rods were bending like I've hooked up big. However after a brief minute long fight I come up empty. Happened for several hours until I finally pulled one in and netted that gar. Caught a few more like that afterwards. I finally give up, cuz it's just no fun getting a hard tug just to end up empty.
  13. When is a limit a limit??

    As years gone by, I hate it when the wording gets slightly altered.... Bass tourney got their fishing swap in live well privileged in law now...I was so used to never culling fish. Trout species is always a sensitive issues... It is like the moment you touch and/ or remove the fish from water, you are in possession of it.
  14. To also note that since the fluorocarbon lines are heavier, they would generally get you less casting distance on lighter lures of 1/4 oz and under.
  15. Ugly Stik Catfish rodThe white Ugly Stik I purchased is a medium heavy power, seven feet rod. I kind of wanted a Heavy power but this will just have to do. The reel seat is designed for those large version heavyweight reels. For now I have my old Stradic FG 4000 paired up with it. White reel on a white rod isn't too shabby. I have 50# Whiplash braid on it. This braid is about the equivalent of most 40# braids.Casting, I don't have it down yet for thus rod. It feels awkward because it does not load up like other Ugly Stik of medium power nor does it match up to other graphite rods. It is sort of in between, but still an Ugly Stik feel. I have a lot of other rods to compare it to.The hook keeper is a problem design. It is mounted perpendicular as opposed to traditional parallel mounts. Furthermore it is on the side so there has been a few times my line fit caught up on it. That's what happens when fishing in the night.The bite detection for the rod tip is not as soft as I would've like. It doesn't have that traditional Ugly Stik rod tip action. To be fair the location of where I was fishing has pressured catfish that do not hit hard. I was evev having trouble hooking up with a medium power Ugly Stik Pro. The only was to hook up consistently was with a graphite rod while you hold it. While hooked up to nice 22-26" catfish the rod loads up nice and progressive. It basically flexed on full load to the same as my heavy power graphite rod. This is what this rod does very well. I have my very old Rhino Glow tip Medium Heavy rod that has a softer tip and more backbone that I'm much more use to, that I find better. The Ugly Stik just doesn't have the fish head turning ability but keeps a nice progressive load.White is also very easy to see in the night as well. The Glow line guides in the top three makes it look cool. Not as visible as a glow rod tip from the Zebco Rhino rod. If anyone wants a dedicated catfishing rod, this rod fits the role very well. I just wish they have a heavy power version. At $40 its a great buy.