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Polar Tip Ups?

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I'm having a hard time keeping my 6-8 inch sucker minnows from tripping my flags on my polar tip-ups. I'm using an HT 2 treble quick strike rig, with a couple good sized split shot on it, but every once in a while the bigger minnows will trip the flag. How do I set the tension for the trigger so the sucker's can't give me a false adrenalin rush? I have been using the notched side to hold the flag, so that isn't the problem.

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Tighten the nut on the top of the trip arm slightly. (This is in all actuality a running drag adjustment.)

Also it makes a big difference what side the line is spooled from, and what side of the trip arm you select. (The notch side turning up-hill may be to limit wind trips or sucker shakes.)

If the line is spooled to trip up-hill on the flag it takes a bit more resistance to do so. (This adjustment is sufficient for most large bait selections and you keep a lighter running drag that will less likely spook weary fish.)

Another option is to adjust the hight of the shaft by sliding the centre shaft up or down, after loosening the set screw at the base. (This will also increase or decrees the trip weight of the flag.)

I hope this made some sense to you?

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I use my toenail clippers and trim the tails on the sucker minnows. This actually allows the minnow to increase the speed of his tail which I feel increases strikes while at the same time providing less resistance against the tip-up. It works great.

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I also doctor the tails on the minnows gives them a bit more distress I have a buddy who at times will take a piece of red yarn and pass it through the tail with a small darning needle

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Tail trimming is a old Flathead catfish bait trick.

You add more low frequency THUMP while producing less movement away from center on a suspension set rig.

This is often used near snags so the baits do not get all tangled up before a cat woofs them up.

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