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Panfish rods?

Discussion in 'IceFishingMichigan.com' started by U.P Dreamin', Jan 15, 2018.

  1. U.P Dreamin'

    U.P Dreamin'

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    What is everyone's favorite panfish rod? Any specific length?

    Thinking about buying a few longer rods, in the 36" range for staying mobile. Many people on here use longer rods for panfish? What are your personal pros and cons for a 36-45" rod? Any recommendations?
     
  2. Burksee

    Burksee Premium Member

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    I've tried as many different rods as the years that I've been ice fishing and I always come back to my tried and true Schooley's for bluegill/pan fishing. I've got at least a couple dozen, all different lengths from 16 to close to 40 inches, most are "vintage" wooden handled ones I picked up at garage sales. IMO, its hard to beat a good fiberglass rod for ice fishing. That being said I do also own a couple of their ice-blues too, nice rods for when you want to use a spinning reel.
     

  3. ibthetrout

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    Me Too! I like the short schooley rods. I have 6 of them, each with a different jig setup. I have a couple of spinner rods, but they are mostly dead weight.
     
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    All mine are longer rods. most are 5 ft, my favorite is a 6 ft innerflow.
    one of my rods has a schooley reel, but most just have line pegs to hold the line. (6" apart +1 ft a wrap) A couple of these rods belong to my father, he passed in '81, so theyre old but work flawlessly. all have 2lb line on them,
    I've been thinking about getting a new rod with a reel on it, but afraid holding on to something with a metal or plastic reel seat & reel would freeze my hands.
    I'm pretty hard on my rods quite a bit, throwing them in the ice & slush, new fancy reels will never take that.
    you just learn to ease the fish up & let the rod play the fish out. I caught a 17" walleye last year with an old 5' rod
     
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  5. Scout 2

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    Mine is a 5.5 foot hollow glass. Been using it since on the early 70's. I tryed to find another and now they don't make them in hollow glass
     
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    Duck-Hunter Staff Member Mods

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    My favorite rods were Gander Mountain Advantage series 20" UL. I tight line so I prefer a shorts rod, gets me closer to the hole so I can watch my line. With them going out of business I've been kicking around the idea of making my own. Ice Blues are another great rod but I don't like how small the eyelets are, they ice up too quick. The advantage series have bigger eyelets which is another reason why I like them so much.

    When it comes down to panfishing I like ultra light/noodle rods. I use a lot of small jigs which have small hooks. Which results in a lot of "skin hooking". These rods act as a shock absorber. Also helps relieve stress on lighter line.
     
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    25” snitch rods

    Love em
     
  8. jimbo

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    I should say too about the longer rods,
    I like a rod that a little stiffer than some of the new noodle rods.
    like scout 2 , them old hollow glass rod are nice
     
  9. Ranger Ray

    Ranger Ray Smells like, Victory! Premium Member

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    I went to the 27" Tickle Stick and love them. The fibers run lengthwise and allows them to have a flat tip the last 8." In UL and Light action.

    Kind of gives a quick overview:

     
  10. U.P Dreamin'

    U.P Dreamin'

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    A lot of good choices!

    I have a 24" meat stick and want to try using the 36" as long as it isn't too stiff.
     
  11. Scout 2

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    My hollow glas is a noodle rod. I have othere here that are long rods and they are tapered down so you don't need any type of bobber. All my rods are handmade by a guy who is gone now but he sure knew how to make them
     
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    shrubmasters@gmail.com

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    40” Sims UL paired with a micro spinning reel and 2lb fluorescent gold line. Super sensitive. Love it!! shrubby
     
  13. huxIIIhammer

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    I like ice blues they are sensitive and cheap. I have them from 18" to 36". I think I bought mine for around eight dollars each so of I break one it's not a big deal.
     
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    Did they stop making the ice blues? I haven't seen them in stores (big box, and local) all winter.
     
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