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Jordyn Kaufer

ice line

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what type of ice line should i get for this winter for crappie fishing and jumbo fishin???

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personally I think its a waste of money to get ice line. Ive have tried it and cant tell any difference besides price

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I think Berkley Trilene ice line is great for panfish. Its stays limp and manageable in even the coldest weather. I think it is better compared to regular monfilament, especially in the lighter weights.

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I like GAMMA copolymer ice. I mostly use 2# for crappies and panfish, but then I mostly fish pretty shallow. I also use their regular copolymer at 4# for open water UL and keep a couple of 2# ice reels around for special open water presentations.

I have to agree that there is really a difference in the lighter weights. Ice lines tend to be a bit limper in general.

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P line and Gamma are the way to go in this angler's opinion. Do a little research on copolymers and I think you'll see that their properties are preferred by ice fisherman.

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What about 4 lb fire line for pannies? I hate hooking into something big and having the line break. I ussaully fish with 1 or 2 lb line in the winter, I have tried 4 lb fireline this summer and am very inpressed with the strenght and durability. The thing that sucks is the not tying. poor eyes and fingers.lol

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Fishing Tech - I like Gamma or P-line for most applications but used fireline alot last ice season and really liked the 1/.25 stuff. As you know the 4/1 is alot tougher than 4lb and I was impresed with the strength of the .25 stuff. Great hooksets and sensitivity also. Jigs as small as 1/32nd oz were heavy enough to take the coil out but anything smaller was tough to fish right.

It does collect more water than mono so you will have more iceing up if your outside in cold weather. Im rarely outside if its colder than 25 so it wasnt an issue for me...

Just like open water, you need to slow down the hooksets and a reel with a good drag is also a big plus...

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I have one rod set up with the 3 lb strength fireline crystal and use it if I'm fishing more than 20 feet down. It is very sensitive and works well for light biters. Don't use it outside when the temps below 25 or it will freeze up on your spool.

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I use Gamma for more stealthy presentations and Fireline for more aggressive presentations. I fish out of a heated portable most of the time, so line freezing isn't an issue for me.

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