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Author Topic: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.  (Read 672 times)

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LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« on: Jan 19, 2017, 08:41 PM »
Stayed in a sleeper shack 3 days last week on LOTW. Jigging was totally unproductive, the fish would follow baits and not strike. We had dead sticks set up with a new product we found at the St. Paul Ice Show called The Finicky Fooler. This device works with a rod and reel combo and the bail is left open. It can be set ultra sensitive depending on the size bait used. The dead stick flags kept popping and was how we caught almost all of our fish. We finally gave up jigging and set up more of these "foolers". Really neat device that still allows you to reel in your fish. Beats a rattle reel, set it up at night with a blue tipz alert from Deep Freeze.

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Re: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« Reply #1 on: Jan 19, 2017, 09:02 PM »
I won't be up there for two weeks but will have to keep that in mind and have some rods ready to dead stick. Were you using a lure or plain hook, if both was there a difference in bites?

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Re: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« Reply #2 on: Jan 19, 2017, 09:11 PM »
Just looked up those The Finicky Fooler, looks pretty good.  Might order me one as I have had to much lucky with my jaw jacker

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Re: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« Reply #3 on: Jan 19, 2017, 09:18 PM »
We were using a plain hook and hooking the minnows in the back. The fish basically tripped the flag and sat there. But we did average 50 fish per day between 2 guys on these rigs.

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Re: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« Reply #4 on: Jan 19, 2017, 09:23 PM »
pic of the finicky fooler

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Re: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« Reply #5 on: Jan 19, 2017, 09:41 PM »
Yeah, the jaw jacker and automatic fisherman aren't legal in MN where this device is. These Foolers sit on the floor of the shack and actually make a noise when they go off. Sort of like a mouse trap going off. Very happy with how they perform. Here is a link to a video I found on their FB page.
https://www.facebook.com/finicky.fooler/videos/vb.1673804089565272/1826447680967578/?type=2&theater

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Re: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« Reply #6 on: Jan 19, 2017, 09:50 PM »
thanks for the post and video link never seen them before

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Re: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« Reply #7 on: Jan 19, 2017, 09:57 PM »
Pretty cool thanks for sharing

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Re: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« Reply #8 on: Jan 19, 2017, 09:59 PM »
Yeah, they are a pretty new product. Picked one up at St. Paul ice show and liked it so much I ordered 2 more off their website.

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Re: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« Reply #9 on: Jan 20, 2017, 01:47 AM »
Nice product.  I want one or two or more...

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Re: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« Reply #10 on: Jan 20, 2017, 03:07 AM »
If there's no snow and just ice it's sitting on it doesn't get blown around in high winds?

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Re: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« Reply #11 on: Jan 20, 2017, 05:37 AM »
Similar concept to the Clam Arctic Warrior. Which i like, being cheaper and more compact.
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Re: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« Reply #12 on: Jan 20, 2017, 05:39 AM »
I've used them on some pretty windy days with no snow on ice and had no problems. I suppose you could put a little slush down where it sits after drilling the hole for a little traction. Also don't get false flags in the wind. I do have to add a little more tension on windy days. Their web site contains helpful hints on how to adjust for the wind as well as other informational videos.

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Re: LOTW deadsticking beats jigging.
« Reply #13 on: Jan 20, 2017, 06:00 AM »
I've used the Artic Warrior. They work ok, but I did not like having to attach that pivot pin to my rod and the rod sits on the device upside down. Also used the HT Ice Rigger for years worked ok for pike, but you really had to mess around with where to locate your line in that alligator clip and the device just is not sensitive enough for walleye and panfish. Both products are a little cheaper than the FF, but I like the fact there is no hardware to attach to the rod or my line and that it's sensitive enough for perch and crappie. Not to much bigger than the AW. At the St. Paul show they had 6 in a 5 gallon bucket.

 

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