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Old 11-05-2006, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What line are you guys using for ice fishing this year? I never put much thought in line for ice fishing until now. I used 12lb P-line for lakers all last year and was satisfied. But for trout I just used whatever came on the reel. It's time to upgrade. What do you all think?
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Old 11-06-2006, 06:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i've had good luck with the berkley micro ice in the steel color, seems to hold up well and haven't had any line breakoff problems, i don't like the flourocarbons in the winter as when they are cold they seem to retain alot of line memory untill they warm up IMO. The key is to change your line every year and before any tourneys, you don't want to lase a big fish because you were lazy, plus that micro ice is reletively cheap, less than $3 bucks a spool, and the spools are just about the right size.* in 6lb i usually have a little left, and 8lb i usually have quite a bit left on the spool.4lb uses pretty much everything on the spool. hope this helps.
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Old 11-06-2006, 07:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I pretty much use the same reels for icin' as I do for open water, so why use anything different? I use 6lb. Trilene XL.I go through about 2000 yds per year. I ALWAYS have fresh line on.
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Old 11-06-2006, 11:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm sold on the vanish, I think it's a huge advantage in clear water situations. The only problem I've faced is some line twist in deep water, fishing for lakers.
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Old 11-06-2006, 04:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I used trilene XL 6lb test last yr with good success and not really any problems at all...

I did try a few different lines last yr that I didnt like or wasnt to happy with which were cajun line, spiderwire, and fireline....spider and fire werent to bad but not for me...the cajun sucked a** for me as all I could think was the fish gotta be able to see this stuff....

one day at granby I had 2 poles in, one with the trilene I was trying with slayers recommendation on another thread and I had cajun on the other pole.. I caught quite a few fish that day.....not 1 on the cajun which was setup about a ft or 2 away so...
that sold me I really dont see much reason to use anything special for icin then you would on open water I guess some lines respond better in colder temps but I guess its all your own personal preference
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Old 11-06-2006, 09:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This year I put mainly the Berkely micro ice and the cold water line on my reels in various sizes. I put different line sizes on both the main spool and the spare spool for each reel. I have four reels i use for ice fishing. The three smaller ones have 2-6 lb test line. The bigger one for lake trout I have 8 and 10 lb line on. The Berkely cold water line is blue in color. Not sure if this is good or bad any one use this line before?
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Old 11-07-2006, 09:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have tried many types of lines over the years, the best I have found for fishing for lakers is the vanish,there may be some better now,but I will use vanish again this year.
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Hey rover, what pound are you using?
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Old 11-08-2006, 03:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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12 lb. with a good working drag.I found it works about the best for me,
I really lay in to them on the 2nd or 3rd nibble. I have been known to spill a beer or two on the upswing.
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The deeper the fish the longer the hookset needs to be.
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