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Discussion in 'IceFishingMichigan.com' started by Alex Bialik, Nov 30, 2017.
second the 13 rods. great rods
How come no-one likes TUCR, those things are amazing
I have about a dozen St. Croix's, surprisingly the reels are decent too.
I’m sure they are nice, not spending a 120$ on a rod that 1) I’ll inevitably break 2) i can’t look at before i buy it. I’ve spent a little time on their site...might pull the trigger on a Precision sooner or later
St croix premier 42" I believe. It's most suited for big yellow bellys, hog sunnies, keeper walleye. I like how sensitive it is and the fact it can flick a jigging rap with ease, throw on a spring bobber and finessse those gills, or rip those guster magnum size spoons. I use a tiny 20 deadbolt spinning reel. Imo smallest most well made spinning reel out there and I been using that brand for 20 years or longer. That rod was brought to its breaking point though in Canada when I hooked into those giant simcoe lake trout. I swear those fish are a different animal during the hard water season. For gills in shallow I swap the spinning for the fly reel style.
For gills and crappie 2 pound all day and imo burries the hook much quicker than a noodle with absolutely no effort. Once set I ease them up. Everything by feel no electronics here never have never will. Old school thru and thru.
Hard to beat a Ugly stick in any condition for any specie. Have used some custom rods for hard and soft water, even own a couple St. Croix and Fenwick rods, they sit in the basement collecting dust. Personal preference durability and reliability is key as to have never broke an ugly stick on a fish, with many other rods falling short of that expectation.
Schooley, Schooley, Schooley!
Actually I've made some of my favorite ice fishing rods from discarded soft water rod tips and a homemade handle, sometimes I also use an old schooley rod handle.
Cabelas has some straight line frabill combos on sale right now.
Frabill Straight Line 241 Bro Series Ice Combo