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Stihl21

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Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« on: Nov 13, 2011, 02:14 PM »
Looking to buy one of these - have read quite a bit about the Automatic Fisherman and it seems to work fairly well.  Was at Sportsmans Warehouse and noticed a new type called the Jawjacker.  Wondering what people think about these.  Not exactly sure when they came out so on ice reviews might not be available yet.  Only potential problem I can see is possibly the trigger mechanism freezing over?  That and having to throw it out of the way after taking the rod out.

http://www.jawjackerfishing.com/

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #1 on: Nov 13, 2011, 07:27 PM »
Welcome to the shanty Stihl21, Glad to have ya aboard ! I like the Price on the Jacker versus the AF, less then half ! this is the first time that I've seen this system, I'll have to check it out more, it does seen to have a lot of Plastic parts and I wonder how they hold up in the cold ? thanks for posting it

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #2 on: Nov 13, 2011, 07:33 PM »
Do anyone of you guys use this sort of system for pike?
Tight lines and safe fishing.

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #3 on: Nov 13, 2011, 07:37 PM »
I have the AF that I use for LakeTrout, they have a video on the AF site of a 40 some odd Pike caught on the AF !

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #4 on: Nov 13, 2011, 07:51 PM »
I use the AF for splake and really like it. I took a look at this product and it seemed interesting but there set up seems like there is a lot more to it then with the AF. One thing I also like about the AF, is that when you get a bite and the rod sets, the block falls and makes a bang.

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #5 on: Nov 13, 2011, 09:12 PM »
Thank you for your suggestions!  We are starting to get fishable ice in the higher elevations so I got the bug to head to the store and pick up some things.  After taking a look at the jawjacker a little more closely I think that I will have to agree that the auto fisherman is the way to go being tried and true.  Thank you again and I am definitely glad to be here - started ice fishing just mid last season so I am really learning a lot from everyone on the site.

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #6 on: Nov 13, 2011, 09:32 PM »
I like the idea of that loop of line for the set/release, on the rod tip brace to save wear & tear on the top guide. The plastic is difficult to obtain the finish of oak, which stands up to the rigors of winter and what we do with/to it.
 Four of these (similar) and a jig rod keeps me fed and happy.  :thumbsup:
      

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #7 on: Nov 14, 2011, 01:35 PM »
I agree about the loop. The AF is murder on the rod tips. I liked the adjustments for different rod lengths. It does look to have a more complicated release system and the warning about getting it wet is something to consider since it sits right over the hole. I'm going to put a loop end on one of my rods for use with my AF.
I'd probably try one of these at that price.
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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #8 on: Nov 14, 2011, 01:37 PM »
I have both of these. My AF is always my go to piece. The jawjacker has failed me one to many times especially in colder weather so I'm sticking with my AF's from here on!

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #9 on: Nov 14, 2011, 05:28 PM »
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:  for the AF! Not sold on the Jawjacker yet due to all the plastic, but the rod tip loop is a great idea, in my opinion. The price is also more attractive.
  I don't know about Jawjackers customer service, but I can vouch for Kerry at Automatic Fisherman- he has gone over and above to help me out with a broken rod that I bought at last years Syracuse Ice Show. I broke it on a very large Lake Trout back in April (still landed it though!), and just wrote it off. A few weeks ago I came across it in my gear and I looked into a warranty on AF's web site. Seems they warranty their stuff for a year, I emailed Kerry, and he called me up and said that shouldn't have happened (34" med/heavy rod), and he would FEDEX a replacement right out, plus a return label for the busted rod. That is the way companies should do business, in my opinion!
    Thanks Kerry! I will be buying more of your gear!

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #10 on: Nov 14, 2011, 08:50 PM »
I was considering getting either an AF or a slammer rig from slamco.  Have any of you AF users used a slammer rig?

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #11 on: Nov 15, 2011, 06:24 AM »
what do you guys pay for your AF's? I know here in Ontario they are close to the same price as the jaw Jacker, but i keep seeing comments on how much more expensive they are?

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #12 on: Nov 15, 2011, 06:55 AM »
Ditto on Kerry' service, I bombarded him with questions before dropping the 69 bucks for the unit and he patiantly answered every question I had for him ! :thumbsup:

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #13 on: Nov 15, 2011, 12:48 PM »
I have to agree with Kerry being a really nice guy.  I actually called him yesterday with a couple questions and it turned into a 20 min phone call talking about random things about fishing - that was after he fully answered my questions!!

Icejunky - I think most local stores sell the combo pack with a rod, reel, and ice stopper included so it ends up being almost double the price of just the base.  But the price of base only does compare to the jawjacker.

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #14 on: Nov 15, 2011, 12:56 PM »
Sorry, I just don't get it... 70$ for the base and 70$ more for the combo?  :o
Seems like there are plenty designs on the web and I have a spare spool  ::).
Why not spend 20$ for a rod and have fun building one - it's not a rocket science...

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #15 on: Nov 15, 2011, 01:00 PM »
The AF's in my area do not come with a rod/reel combo and run from $29 to $39

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #16 on: Nov 15, 2011, 01:39 PM »
fishing hole shows 50$ for the base. Way overpriced IMHO

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #17 on: Nov 16, 2011, 01:05 PM »
I've used the AF successfully for crappie.  Here in IL, the base alone usually sells for around $39. Problem is, they sell out fast.

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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #18 on: Nov 19, 2011, 12:05 PM »
Matt thanks for the info


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Re: Automatic Fisherman vs Jawjacker
« Reply #19 on: Nov 19, 2011, 12:25 PM »
Matt,
Thank you for taking the time to cover some of the questions/concerns that I had regarding the jawjacker.  After watching the YouTube videos I actually ended up picking up both the automatic fisherman and the jawjacker.  Figured it will be nice to compare the two, as well as having an extra if needed.

 

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