Tip-up Line Marker Alternatives

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Tip-up Line Marker Alternatives

Wondering what everyone uses as line markers on their tip-ups. I really enjoy using tip-ups to spread out on the ice, but really don't enjoy using the little 1/2" red and white bobbers as line markers. They are hard to manage on the cold days and I seem to break them when I have a fish on and the bobber goes below the ice, and when I bring it up they get caught on the side of the ice and break. I have just used thill bobber stop strings too, but they don't seem to stay in one place very well on the braided line. There has to be something better out there to use.

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I have used the bobbers and don't mind them, but I always seem to lose them. One thing I always have that I like to use is small split shots. They won't break like the bobbers and are cheaper to lose. They aren't as easy to see though, especially when fishing at night.


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You let me know when you find one. I myself have tried everything under the sun and there still isn't one near as good as the bobbers.

Slip knots- Do exactly just that. Plus if you fished 30' the day before and are only fishing 10' the next day you have to strip all that line and move the knot just to wind it all back up again.

Mini Split shots- hard to see, eventually squish so much that you can't get them off the line and they hang up on the spool or eye of the tip-up causing missed bites.

Depth weight- using it everytime you reset your bait, Yeah right!

Just my experience.


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I cut big rubber bands in half and use them for a depth marker. They are easier to work with and easier to see than a regular bobber stop.

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I just had an idea. I've never done it, but how about a colored glow in the dark mini split shot? I think I'll try it.

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Speed beads are the answer for me. Give them a try.

You wind them up in the line and they STAY PUT. Wade's Dakota Tackle has them the last time I purchased some a few years ago. I actually use them in soft water applications also.

give them a look:

http://www.bobsoutdoors.com/shop/?shop=1&itemid=487

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Rubber bands. Loop them around the line and through themselves, then tug tight. Easy on and off. Best I have found, bobbers and split shot suck IMO. Nothing worse than having to get a bobber or in the dark at 0 degrees!

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BOTTONS OFF OF SHIRTS

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SORRY BUTTONS

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There really isn't an item that replaces the mini-bobber because of the internal spring that bobber has. I have used rubberbands before; they're okay if you aren't as mobile as some like to be.

What I do to get a rubberband hooked in without creating a knot is:
1) make a loop with the tip up line and hold between your left finger & thumb 1/4" above the depth you prefer = Loop A
2) make a loop with the tip up line and hold between your right finger & thumb 1/4" below the depth you prefer = Loop B
3) twist Loop B to make a 180-degree turn
4) place loop A through the loop B
5) place small piece of rubberband inside of Loop A
6) pull the two tip up lines tight.

Nice thing about this slipknot is it won't come undone with braided line, AND, it comes undone once the rubberband is pulled out! This is a fantasic and economic choice with those rubberbands that come with the newspapers/weekly ads.

When you're done with that depth, simply pull the rubberband and snap it. The knot comes undone and you start all over again.

I find that I have to buy those mini-bobbers at the beginning of each year because they rust up while in storage and become something I don't want to trust.

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use the mini syrofoam bobbers

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that is, styrofoam, sorry

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I just use my vexlar to set may depth, I used bobbers before and had the same problems.

 

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The HT tip up line marker sponge floats work well. A smale panfish styrophoam float does about the same thing, just is tougher to store. Rig the panfish float on a slip knot so it slides to the leader for storage. The slip knot can be made from my brain fart idea below.

A cheap way to mark you line is plastic coated Wire bread ties. Always a lot of them in the kitchen drawer. Colored so they are easy to see and movable or fixed...and free.

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Lindy or Northland makes a small rubber bead that you slide the line through and then there is a plug that goes in the hole of the bead to hold it at a certain spot on the line. These are specifically made for tip ups. The only problem is that I can't find them anywhere? I checked cabelas, gander, sportsmans and scheels this weekend to no avail. The ones I currently use I bought more than ten years ago and withstood the test of time. If you can find these anywhere the are far better than anything mentioned above.

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Pro V1, is this something like you are talking about?

http://www.lindyfishingtackle.com/tackleshop2/product.php?productid=1814...

Do they keep your mark in one spot pretty well? (and not move around on your line?) I want something that won't break and will keep my mark where I want it so I don't have to check them after every time I catch a fish off that tip up.

 

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I like the the tip-up bobbers just to help keep the spool from letting out line on its own. The bobber also stays put so depth stays the same without any problems. When I'm done with them I just pop em off before respooling the line.

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I use the colored splitshots, and have no problems. If you loose one, they are cheap enough to replace them often.

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I use a button, just run the line thru 2 holes and you can slide the button up or down. If you use a small enough button it will go thru the loop on the tip-up.

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Ive used every thing under the sun for line markers and I tell u what none compaire to speed beads. U don't have to tie them on theirs clips on them their simple to use. Unclip ur line outta one and slide them to desired depth when ur done reel up the tip up no taking off like a bobber no reason to lose them its just the best. If u haven't tried them don't knock them once u try u will be hooked on them

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jofro Said:
BOTTONS OFF OF SHIRTS

This is as easy as it gets...I've never looked back since i've learned this trick. Loop it through, and you forget about it. Lasts longer than the tipup will.

Good trick.

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I use small split shots or else the little peaces of braided line that comes on a plastic sleeve to hold a small bobber at a desired depth. (the kind that allows you to reel the line and the bobber travels down to the lure). The braided line can be moved up and down as fishing spots and depths change.

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F1sh1nFr3ak Said:
Buttons of shirts exacly!!!!!!!!!!!!

This makes no sense to me? If your fishing with a windlass how do you reel the line up through the small guide when your done fishing for the day?

Also, same thing I mentioned above, if your fishing 30' one day and move in shallow the next you would have to strip all the line and move your button down. This seems like a waste of time and a pain when its really cold out. Or am I missing something? Can you take the buttons off when you fold your tip-up up or do they stay on the line? I'm guessing they stay on.

As for the speed beads, might have to find those and give them a try. Always looking for a better alternative.


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NOTHING. Just set the depth everytime you catch a fish or have a miss. Everything mentioned moves or falls off the line, it only takes a minute to be back in the zone. The only benefit a marker has is when you have a false trip. When you catch one, odds are that one of your hands are going to hit the marker and move it anyway, especially pike fishing.

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i guess i dont know if many of you are talking about tip ups for pike, or walleyes. but for pike theyre pretty unnecessary. they roam from bottom scavengers to cruising just below the ice. as long as your bait is in the water column somewhere they usually have equal chances of getting hit. let em fall to the bottom and reel them up 12", 20", 36" and one below the ice. my 2 cents 

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pigsticker Said:

F1sh1nFr3ak Said:
Buttons of shirts exacly!!!!!!!!!!!!

This makes no sense to me? If your fishing with a windlass how do you reel the line up through the small guide when your done fishing for the day?

Also, same thing I mentioned above, if your fishing 30' one day and move in shallow the next you would have to strip all the line and move your button down. This seems like a waste of time and a pain when its really cold out. Or am I missing something? Can you take the buttons off when you fold your tip-up up or do they stay on the line? I'm guessing they stay on.

As for the speed beads, might have to find those and give them a try. Always looking for a better alternative.

Pigsticker,

You are misunderstanding the concept, and I know I would have as well if I didn't see it done with my own eyes. You first reel your tipup line on the spool, then you slip the button onto the line (just like adding a slip knot on your line for using a foam bobber) Then you would tie on your hook/add splitshots/bait. Then drop it down the hole. You slip the button up and down as needed, just like a slip knot for a bobber. It doens't impeed on anything, and stays put the entire time. No need to move it, take it iff or even mess with it until you switch depths, and when you do, its eaisier to move than a split shot, tie, or any other contraption i've ever used.

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bigger size beads work good too.  slide the line thru one end... around and thru the same end again and pull tight.  they don't slide around on the line at all.  regular bobber stop beads work good for regular line.  but, if you are using heavier cloth line, you need some beads w/ bigger holes like the ones sold in the fabric section of walmart.  in my experience, they don't slide like buttons can and they are small enuff to be reeled in thru most tip up line guides. 

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that was his concern. moving the button when you set up in 10 feet after fishing in 30 feet. you have to let out 30 feet of line to get started.

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You don't even have to move your button by hand. Get a button bigger than the "guide hole" on your tipup. As you reel in for the day, the button will slip to the bottom of the line all the way dow to your hook. When you head out again, simply slip the button to the desired depth, and start hammering snakes.

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holmsvc Said:
I cut big rubber bands in half and use them for a depth marker. They are easier to work with and easier to see than a regular bobber stop.

This is what I use.

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Doesn't get much easier than a split shot. Plus I want the least resistance possible when a fish takes the bait. I can't remember the last time I've had one fall off and they are easy to adjust and I know they stay put.

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Fox Island Outfitter Said:
Doesn't get much easier than a split shot. Plus I want the least resistance possible when a fish takes the bait. I can't remember the last time I've had one fall off and they are easy to adjust and I know they stay put.

+1 I remember switching to them when I was a kid when a old timer we fished with said it helps pull some extra line out when a fish trips the flag, especially when the fish are really biting light. I'm not sure how much of a difference this makes but I have stuck with it. I think they come in most handy on the super super cold nasty weather days when it's dark and I can just reel them up onto the spool and get the heck outta there and remove the shot later.

I dont go around guessing cup sizes either I just know a nice rack when I see one.