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Dead sticking is fishing without jigging, to put it simply. A rod sitting in a rod holder or laying on the floor of a shack is dead sticking. Be it a bobber or a line set with a bait that is not jigged.

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Take a look at www.thornebros.com they make a a great deadstick rod ( I hate to put a plug in for these guys when I work at GM).
What they have done is made the first 3-4 inches of the rod (tip section) very sensitive. This allows to tie on a minnow and see some action of the minnow.When the fish bites, it is sensitive enough where the fish will pull down on the rod, but won't have any resistance (again, due to the sensitivity of the rod). SeT the HoOk and you have some serious backbone with the rod.

YES- I was hesitant at first, but after setting into a 23-24" FAT EYE from Mille Lac's last winter, I was hooked on the rod.

I will be setting it on my Rock N Reel - the best set up ever!! Ok probably not ever---but pretty done good!

There are lots of rods out there that will work over the TB deadstick. Try to find something that has some backbone because you'll want to give a good hook set when you see that go down down down......

tight lines.

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dead stick = a stick, old broom handle, etc.
nail driven in bottom ( for sticking in ice), two nails, pegs, or wood dowl rods in the side for wrapping up your line.
so it is termed " dead sticking " ( unless your OLE grin.gif )

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Captain B.R.K-
Thanks. That rod sounds interesting. I'm going to have to look more into.

On a side note, does anyone use the Frabill Amplifier rod?? Was looking them up and they also interest me. Anyone have any good/bad comments on them??

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Frabill Amplifer rods,

I got one in light action and one medium action. They are quality built rods, very light and great line guides. I have only been able to use them once so far, but I feel they are well worth the money. They are as sensitive as they claim to be.

I don't think you could go wrong with them.

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Last year up in Canada I came down with a really nasty cold. I did not have the energy to run and gun with the auger like Rick and Toad did while searching for lakers.

So, I drilled a few holes along a break, set up 2 deadstick rigs and crawled back in the truck to sit there in misery.

Ended up catching more fish deadsticking than those who were actively jigging...sorry guys, had to rub it in...lol.

Deadsticking is more effective if you use a longer than normal rod....36" plus...in fact I have one that is almost 45". Place the rod in a rod holder and then set the bait to the specific depth. No need for a bobber, just watch the rod tip which should be positioned directly above the hole. The longer rod flexes when a fish hits so the fish does not feel the rig above.

The key is to set the drag loose so when a fish takes the bait, it can run without pulling your rod down the hole, but just tight enough so your bait does not pull out line. When a fish hits, just tighten the drag before you set the hook.

Okuma makes a reel with a bait-feeding option that would work very well for this technique. No need to mess with the drag, just flip a lever and youre ready to set the hook.

Deadsticking is effective for almost all species of fish, so its well worth expierementing with this technique.

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