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Jaw Jacker's

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I just purchased 2 of these last night, does anyone else have experience with them? I've seen the Automatic Fisherman's before but I like the looks of these as well and I like the fact that you don't have to put the trigger mechanism directly into your last eyelet (like on the Automatic Fisherman). I can't wait to try them out at my cabin in WI and then use them for chasing trout in CO when I move in January! I know these are illegal in MN but I was curious if anyone has used them in WI, the Dakotas, or IA.

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Had to do a couple of searches to see what they were, the first one only got porn sites. Banned in Minnesota, it figures the nanny state is the only place in North America that outlaws their use.

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Had to do a couple of searches to see what they were, the first one only got porn sites. Banned in Minnesota, it figures the nanny state is the only place in North America that outlaws their use.

Haha that's so funny you said that - I tried to go to the HSOforum at work one day and wound up on that same HSOforum Ooops! haha. That's why I supplied the hyperlink to the HSOforum in my post to hopefully avoid people from having to search. Yeah, the only state that bans them is where we live!

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I bought 4 of them. I live in MN but have used automatic fishermans in WI on Lake Michigan for steelhead and brownies. I'm from Watertown, SD originally and was back there over the weekend. I fished without them on Friday night when we killed the 'eyes. I tried them the next night, but it was a slow bite and didn't catch anything on them. I do like the way they set up easily and are a lot smaller and easier to carry around than the automatic fishermans. I'm looking forward to trying them again when I get to WI or back to SD. They don't allow any slack for the fish to play with the way that the automatic fisherman does, so I'm wondering how much of a difference that will make.

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I have had one for 3 years and use it regularly on Ontario waters of border lakes. This past week it got several walleyes and a 9lb northern, when the bite is on it is not unusual to be reeling one in on the jig rod and the jaw jacker pops. The nice thing about it is the I have never had a fish hooked too deep resulting in a fish that could not be released alive, always catches them right in the lip or jaw without allowing the hook to be swallowed. The fish that gets hooked while I'm busy with another line will take some drag on occasion, but generally just go lie on the bottom. While I not suggesting its use in MN, I would challenge the state in the legality of it based on the law of "spring loaded" hooks and other illegal methods. I spoke with the manufacturer about this and he said when he contacted the DNR the person he talked to blew him off, lumping his product into the illegal category without even researching it, the maker compared the device to a downrigger release type approach which is a legal method and the DNR person repleid that those, (downriggers), are being looked at as well with the hopes of outlawing them. The maker wasn't interested in pursuing the matter any further with the DNR as I'm sure he sells plenty of them everywhere else. They are a great alternative to a bobber ot hanging a rod off a bucket while you work a jig rod.

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I saw that you could provide the fish with some slack with the Automatic Fisherman - I thought that was a clever idea and was curious if you could do the same with the Jaw Jacker, thanks for clearing that up. And I'm happy to hear you guys like yours. I usually throw out a deadstick but in certain times I don't watch it as closely as I probably should, the Jaw Jacker makes a certain sound when it gets hit so that will help keep my attention towards my deadstick.

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And that's exactly how they work. I have left larger fish "hang" on it while I'm reeling in another fish. Notice where the fish are hooked in the video, no deep hooking in the throat or gills.

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dumb you cant use those here much better for the fish than even a tip up with a quick strike

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I would be interested in knowing what the supposed DNR opinion is based on. While I have no interest in using these devices I am very reluctant to accept some person's over the phone suggestion that anything is illegal without being able to check. Does anyone know what the number of the regulation is that deals with this subject? I'm talking about the actual rule, not some quote from the fishing manual.

Thanks for your time.

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I received mine in the mail yesterday and played around with them. I'm excited to get them out on the ice this weekend at my cabin in WI. The fold down into a pretty small little package which is nice, I don't need another bulky item to put in my sled. I think I will like these for covering area and it's nice to see that they pretty much prevent gut hooked fish unlike tipups. The one thing I can already see myself getting annoyed with is the piece of plastic you put on the end of your rod to hook to the trigger, I'm brainstorming some other ideas to use for that.

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The one thing I can already see myself getting annoyed with is the piece of plastic you put on the end of your rod to hook to the trigger, I'm brainstorming some other ideas to use for that.

We use braided line and dump what they supply. Works well.

Spike

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We use braided line and dump what they supply. Works well.

Spike

So you just tie a loop and a knot onto your eyelet with braided line? I was thinking of trying to use a rubber band or o-ring or something but I don't think they'd do well in the cold. Braid sounds like it'd work.

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Yeah, I just tie a loop of braid same size as loop they supply. Then I wrap it around the eyes leg and back thru itself keeping the knot end at the eye. Not sure how you would attach it on a single foot eye. Maybe between eye and blank or around the eye itself, but that may cause issues when reeling in?

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I agree, but that is what the maker stated to me, he did tell me that the province of Ontario reversed their original position on the device and made it legal to use. I even offered to take it up with the DNR to find out the very things you mentioned on his behalf but he seemed to have no interest in pursuing the matter any further. I figure he must have enough sales without the MN market.

I have used power pro in place of the line as well with good results.

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