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  1. There's a good reason for using 18 lb. 832 and that's because it has the same amount of lead in it as heavier test leadcore. 12 lb. 832 has less lead in it than 18 lb. test. The same holds true for traditional leadcore.
  2. I've never had trouble with fluoro knots and don't see any need to glue them. I use an 8 turn trilene knot, wetting it when pulling it tight and I've never had one fail that I can remember. I think the easiest way to do it with leaders is just to tie a snap on the end of your main line (like the kind you'd use for a crankbait) and tie a barrel swivel or if using slow a slow death rig, a ball bearing swivel on the end of your snell. Just clip the swivel on your snell into the clip on the end of your main line(or bottom bouncer, walking sinker or whatever you're using for weight))and you're good to go. It's an easy system to use, it's efficient when you want to change leaders on the water and most importantly, it works very well. No need to make it any more difficult than it has to be.
  3. Dan, There is quite a bit of information on Offshore Tackle's site and you can also do a search of the 50/50 method for snap weights on the web. There is a ton of info and articles on the web for you to read and learn from. By the way, I use snap weights on #7 Shad Raps all the time. They work fine if you go with heavier weights. Good Luck!
  4. It's rare when no bait will outfish bait. Personally, I like using a lot of bait on my hooks. I'll use several whole fatheads or several fatheads and a shiner, or a head and a whole fathead or shiner. My theory is that a head provides scent and a live minnow or shiner will provide the movement that attracts walleyes from a greater distance than scent alone. As an example, last weekend at Lake of the Woods, the best bait combination for me was two whole fatheads on the treble hook below a red buckshot. Often, jigging your buckshot or whatever you're jigging will draw the walleyes in and then they'll hit your dead rod. On some occasions they prefer smaller baits like a head only or one minnow also. There is no right or wrong answer to your question and you have to experiment every time out and throughout the day if the bite slows for you. Another thing to do is try different jigging cadences, bounce it off the bottom occasionally, hold it completely still at times, and try holding it at different heights above the bottom. Once you get enough experience, you'll start recognizing the mood of the fish and you'll have a better idea of how to catch them. Good Luck!
  5. Boar, I'd give Woodland Resort a call.
  6. I think there are several reasons to use some sort of superline for the main line (Fireline, Power Pro, etc.) and either a mono or fluorocarbon leader in your situation to provide stretch. One of the reasons would be that while mono will break down from heat and UV light, requiring changing line probably annually to ensure the integrity of your line. Superline will not break down or weaken for virtually years. I've had Power Pro on some reels for 5 years with no sign of weakening. If you want to change line annually or risk weakened line it's up to you, but why? Now, if you're running superline on a line counter reel with say a 30 foot leader of fluorocarbon or mono line for a leader to provide stretch and your linecounter is calibrated for that length, as your leader breaks or has to be shortened because of breaks and nicks, etc., all you'll have to do is replace the 30 foot leader and your line counter numbers will again be right on. Even if you don't replace your leader until it's virtually gone, 30 feet off of the total spool length will not noticeably affect your line counter numbers. On the other hand, with mono, you'll constantly retie the end of your line all season long due to breakoffs and nicks, etc. and eventually, the line on your spool decreases to a point where your line counter numbers are not what they once were, affecting the depth of your lures. Successful trolling is all about duplicating what is successful and to me, anything that's going to decrease my ability to duplicate successful results is going to decrease fishing success. I'm sure I'll get arguements, but I think trolling with mono does that.
  7. I live at East Grand Forks and generally ice fish on either Devils Lake or Lake of the Woods. DL is about a 1 1/2 drive while LOW is 2 1/2 to 3 hours depending upon where you go. Devils Lake takes a while to learn, but ask the fishing guys at Scheels or Cabelas if they've got any reports, search the internet and ask at baitshops or even give DL baitshops a call before you go to plan your trip prior to getting up there. It's also important to get a lake map if you don't have one to identify possible fish holding structure and some of the lake maps on the market even mark popular fishing areas. Another good tool for fishing Devils Lake is Google Earth. You can see Devils Lake and the area around it before the water got high and compare older images to what the lake currently looks like using the history feature. If you don't have a depth finder or something with a mapping chip in it, I'd definitley suggest it for Devils Lake. The ice at Devils Lake usually get alot of snow on it, making it difficult to move a permanent shack around the lake, especially later in the winter. There are a few roads plowed onto the lake, but not like you'd see at Lake of the Woods. Woodland Resort plows some roads in their vicinity so that'd probably be a good place to start looking for a home for your permanent shack when the snow gets deep. Most of the time, catching fish at Devils Lake requires moving around to find them and most hard core ice anglers at Devils Lake like to be portable. Lake of the Woods on the other hand has roads plowed on it at many locations that make lake access easy, even with your permanent house. It can be as easy as driving out on a road, seeing where the houses are, and setting up nearby. At least it's a good way to start when you are unfamiliar with the lake. You'll almost always go home with saugers and walleyes, even when you don't move around alot to find them.
  8. It's rare to feel a "hit" on jigging raps. Usually, the fish are just "there" when you lift it up to start your cadence again. Letting them hang motionless for several seconds after a series of jigging motions is usually needed to trigger strikes when vertical jigging them.
  9. Jigging Raps are like any other lure. They aren't a miracle lure. The fish want them some days and on other days they prefer something else. That being said, I've had alot of success with them.
  10. I'd like to see Doug Mientkiewicz get a chance to manage if they stay inside of the organization(I think he's a talented manager), and if not, I'd like to see Ron Washington given consideration if he'd want the job.
  11. Come on guys.........it's just a demo.
  12. I put Scotty's on my sport trak mounts and I'm happy with them.
  13. Jim, I'm curious and not being critical. Why do you use a 6 foot fluorocarbon leader in addition to the 30 foot fluorocarbon lead? Also, wouldn't just a ball bearing swivel in front of your leader with a duolock snap at the lure eliminate line twist as well?
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