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was wondering whats the best tip to get and whats the best action to get for perch and walleye
I like the new dog bone tip ups by frabil. Nice and compact.
for tip ups the orange insulated frabills are nice until there is about a foot of snow on the lake. then their spools dont stay under the water level and will freeze. you can dig down to the hole and get the spool under but then your flag is not very visible. ive seen some really big ones at the home of economy made out of wood with really long shafts that look like they would be great once the ice is thicker and there is some snowfall.
if youre looking to only buy one rod for both species i would buy either a medium action and put on a spring bobber or use a med light without a spring bobbber.
40s is right about the insulated tipups on being some of the best. But if your a guy like me who likes to pack light they are not for you. And if you like to spread out your tip-ups they do have little flags so seeing them with snow on the ice isnt so great. All tipups will freeze up if its cold enough so its all about preference.
HT makes a round tip that covers the hole and has a tall flag. I would get a ML rod if you are only going to get one. The Jason Mitchell perch combo will handle some decent sized spoons for eyes and is light enough for small perch spoons and jigs.
I would go with the Jason Mitchel meatstick for a rod. I have been using the 28" one and it's great for perch! It has a very sensitive tip and a great backbone! I have caught tiny perch to 40" northerns on it and it handles everything!
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My kind of tip up with quick strike rigs with smelt. PVC pipe with braided line. Small bobber to set the depth, when the large bobber falls into the hole fish on! No messing with the flag and most of the time when the big bobber hits the water it sets the hook and no winding of the tiny spool on normal tip ups.
HT tip up hands down because of the slide out flag. For deep snow conditions it works great. Used them for a number of years now. One of my portables is window challenged and the pull out flag gives me a bit more flexablity in placement.
As far as rods go, one that has solid backbone but good sensitivity is crucial. I have some of the old northern lights that are no longer made. Have not needed to buy anything else since.
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Great idea, Im going to have to try the PVC deal!
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A lot depends on how you fish. For perch, I like using 1-4 fireline and fishing by sight rather than feel. But you need a rod with a really soft tip to do that. I've been making my own for quite a few years and put a 30" fiberglass blank in a drill and sand the tip way down so it's almost like a spring bobber. This allows the rod to move at the slightest touch of a perch. I know Thorne Brothers also now has a rod that's basically the same thing called the power stick. Super light tip, but enough backbone right above it to catch about anything. At $80+ there's is a little spendy, but nicely made. Others like to use a carbon type rod and go more by feel. But I find that if you feel it, so did they. Fine for days they're really biting, but when the bite's super light, I prefer to go by look rather than feel and believe I catch more perch that way.