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Old 01-04-2007, 05:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got out some of my old ice-rods for Sunday and was wondering if people still use strike indicators? Both of my trout rods still have them on there. Should I leave them on?

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Old 01-04-2007, 05:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I gave em up a long tome ago...unless fishing for pan fish. With the Vexilar, I know when the fish is there anyway, and I'm usually jigging so I can feel em. Hey Jay, you need a fishing gun yet? It's still for sale. Those big macs can be a handful!
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Old 01-04-2007, 05:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use mine still. I find them very helpful especially toward the end of the season when the fish are more lethargic.
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I think that trout and kokes generally are agressive enough to not require indicators. *Lakers
can be real light biters at times and indicators can be a big help when this is the case.
Won't go crappie fishing without indicators on my rods.
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Old 01-04-2007, 05:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I won't ice fish for trout or panfish without a wire strike indicator on my rod tip. *Much of the time the take is so subtle that the indicator makes a huge difference in the number of fish hooked. *It visually telegraphs strikes that would be almost impossible to detect otherwise.

I've been playing with a heavier wire indicator for lakers this winter, but the jury is still out on it. *I think it may actually impede the hookset on lake trout, but I haven't given it enough time yet to be certain.
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I found that when I'm actively jigging...they are more of a hinderance than helpful. Used them for years...and like said...still do when fishing smaller species. 11 mile for instance...those fish usually rip the jig...
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So how's that for responses all over the map??!! * *
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Old 01-04-2007, 06:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hey Jay, you need a fishing gun yet?* It's still for sale. * Those big macs can be a handful!
Don't know if I can make it Sunday... but if i can... how many fishin' guns you reckon I'll need to bring?
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Old 01-04-2007, 06:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I use an indicator on my dead stick. Have it between the end eyelet and the next to last eyelet. Run the line thru it first... then out the end eyelet... doesn't affect hookset or jigging action that way...
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Hey Jay, you need a fishing gun yet?
Not yet. But if these P.W.C aholes keep messing with me it might not be to long till we talk.


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