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Tip-up Line Marker Alternatives

by , Posted to on 11/30/2008 12:15 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/04/2008
Location: ND
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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by on 11/30/2008 12:25 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/05/2006
Location: ND
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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by on 11/30/2008 12:44 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/04/2005
Location: ND
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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by on 11/30/2008 1:15 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/14/2003
Location: ND
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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by on 11/30/2008 1:46 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/05/2007
Location: ND
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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by on 11/30/2008 1:49 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/27/2001
Location: ND
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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by on 11/30/2008 2:44 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/15/2005
Location: SD
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!
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” - Albert Einstein
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by on 11/30/2008 3:56 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2008
Location: ND
BOTTONS OFF OF SHIRTS
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by on 11/30/2008 3:57 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2008
Location: ND
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by on 11/30/2008 4:32 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/20/2001
Location: ND
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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by on 11/30/2008 7:11 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/31/2001
Location: ND
use the mini syrofoam bobbers
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by on 11/30/2008 7:12 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/31/2001
Location: ND
that is, styrofoam, sorry
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by on 11/30/2008 9:24 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/01/2006
Location: ND
I just use my vexlar to set may depth, I used bobbers before and had the same problems.
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by on 12/01/2008 05:52 AM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: MN
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.

Ed "Backwater Eddy" Carlson ~ ~ ><,sUMo,> ~ ><CD
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by on 12/01/2008 7:57 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/28/2001
Location: ND
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.

"Guns cause crime like fly's cause garbage"

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by on 12/01/2008 8:28 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/04/2008
Location: ND
Pro V1, is this something like you are talking about?

http://www.lindyfishingtackle.com/tackleshop2/product.php?productid=18149&cat=528&page=1

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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by on 12/01/2008 8:34 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/18/2002
Location: ND
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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by on 12/01/2008 8:39 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/22/2003
Location: ND
I use the colored splitshots, and have no problems. If you loose one, they are cheap enough to replace them often.

If it flies it dies!

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by on 12/10/2008 9:22 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/18/2001
Location: ND
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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by on 02/17/2011 6:52 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/17/2011
Location: wi
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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by on 02/17/2011 7:28 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/20/2009
Location: ND
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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