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What is deadsticking?

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In ice fishing, it is setting an unmanned rod, generally with a sensitive tip for bite detection, to catch fish. So when you see people advertising dead stick rods, they are selling sensitive tipped rods that allow you to see what is happening under the water, similar to a bobber. You can see your minnow moving, or you can tell when a fish has picked up the bait (slight loading or an up-bite that relieves tension). You don't have to deal with bobber stops or trying to set bobbers correctly in terms of buoyancy.

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I refer to dead sticking when i do it, to just leaving the rod sit in a holder, generally a tilt holder without a bobber, with a boober is considered a bobber set. U let the rod dectect bites, thats why I like a tilt holder. My 2 cents anyway.

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I use a Mr Jigger which doesnt work to well for a jigger but lets your rod rotate while suspended. A big enough fish will pull it in but you just have to watch it regardless what method u use with deadstickin. If u dont want it to go in put it on stationary stand, but you still need to watch it for bites to see whats goin on.

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I like to use an Ice Buster bobber trimmed down so that it's barely afloat.

I keep my bail open so losing your rod/reel isn't an issue if a pig hits.

My favorite quote: "Dude, where's my bobber"?

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Ahh, got it. So how do you keep the rod from being yanked in the water?

Usually you have the rod in a rod holder so it can not get sucked into the abissssss.

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Deadsticking is just leaving your lure or bait suspended in one place in the water. A tipup or tipdown is deadsticking as well, but different with a strike indicator flag. Even a slipbobber set up is basically deadsticking too, but still different. I usually just leaving the rod level on top of the bucket. I do tie the handle of the rod to the bucket handle with some cord, just in case it get's a hard hit. So at least I get a chance to pull my rod out of the hole if it should decide to dive into it.

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