Ice fishing traps. What style or type do you use?

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  1. Togus

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    Ice fishing season is here for much of the northeast. Some people like to jig, others use tip-ups, and I'm curious to see what others use to catch their fish.

    I use this style. They're tall enough so I can see a flag from far away through deep snow. The design all but eliminates wind flags. They're made here in Maine and sold locally at Walmart, Dick's, and a local hardware store.

    So what are others using.

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    Beaver Damn tip ups are made here in Wisconsin. These are what I use, and I see a lot of them out on the lakes.
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    Yesterday I was out, and I hung a YoYo reel from a stick in one of my holes. I caught a 20" pike on it.
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    Edit: I also have a few St. Croix rods, they are made only a few miles from were I live. I picked up a few factory seconds over the years.

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    Maine has pike in select lakes but not in the one I live on. We do have it's smaller cousin the pickerel. I find both to be very delicious.
     
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    I use both styles of tip ups, but the smaller profile ones smack me in the face less when I set them up early in the morning (not the tip-ups fault!). I also use ice rods and rods that broke so they are short that I put an end guide on. I would like to try those jigging rod setups that hold it bent, they look pretty cool. I don't know what they are called but they look like this (stock photo).
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    I've never seen anything like that in my life. I have the large rubber coated thing that looks like a giant cork screw. Screw in into the ice and slide the rod handle into it and watch the rod end for activity.
     
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    Haven't ice fished in ages, but the ones I used were homemade... just a piece of 3/4" square lumber about 18" long... drilled two 1/4" holes near one end about 4" apart, angled out to take a 2" piece of dowel, and forming a winder for the line. I also drilled a hole in the very end to hold a cut-off #16 spike.

    At the other end I stapled a piece of baling wire, doubled on itself and twisted, about 1' long. I ran a small piece of orange flagging tape through the end, then pinched the loop shut on it.

    To use it, you bedded the stick in the slush thrown up when you drilled your hole, with the spike to help out getting it secure enough. The wire gets a small loop twisted into the very end of it, to hold the line centered over the hole. You unwind however much you need, bait it, set it through the loop in the wire, and retreat to your windbreak.

    When something pulls on the line, you see the flagging tape moving and run out and set the hook. Primitive, but we was po'.

    I also rigged up a box on my Radio Flyer runner sled to carry my "tip ups" (we could use 5), bait, a bucket, a seat, and a thermos of hot cocoa. My neighbor's day, who took us out, had his own bigger sled with ice drill, scoop, spud, tackle, and a wind screen for us all to hide behind.

    We got colder than heck doing it, but it was fun.
     
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    I use a JawJacker. Works great...

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    Catfishing thru the ice is a new thing starting to catch on here. A homemade version of the JawJacker above is what we use.
     
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    Someone in this thread posted a pic of this and called it a "Jaw Jacker."
     
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    Ah I see, that makes alot of sense! They will certainly jack up their jaws setting the hook like that!
     
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    I picked up a 3 pack of these on Amazon last year and they work just fine so far. Have also been jigging with my smallest ugly stick trout rod and so far so good.

    This thread is helpful though...id like to get a few more..5 lines in nj and 7 in adirondacks so it would be great to find the fish with more setups.


    Edit..those tipsups pictured arnt sensitive enough..think i lost fish today because the line doesnt roll on the reel and the fish cant take the bait without immediate resistence.
     
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    I use these ones. They were cheap. With alittle tweaking they work well.

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