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Offline rabbittrapper

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The rubber band trick
« on: Dec 12, 2013, 01:35 PM »
Could someone put a pic of the rubber band trick? I looked it up on here and and a little confused on how to do it. 

Offline Alex Delarge

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #1 on: Dec 12, 2013, 02:33 PM »
Reel out line to desired depth you wish to fish, if you wish place a line marker. Reel out another 10+ feet of line, depending on how far you want the fish to run before hook set. It may vary from species to species, Use your judgement.
Lay your line on top of a small rubber band like this.

Grasp the rubber band on either side of the line and pass one loop through the other like this.

Pull the working loop tight so that it creates a hitch around your line like this.



Place the loop around your reel and then reel in the 10+ feet of line that you wish the fish to run with.

It sounds difficult but once you do it, it will click and you will say AAAHHHHH!
Some people like the rubber band to break on big fish. I've never had one of these bands break but if I wanted to I could use a thinner band or take one of these and snip it lightly with nail clippers to create a weak point in the band.
Hope this helps.
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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #2 on: Dec 12, 2013, 02:55 PM »
Damm Alex there's 3 yards and a cloud of dust and then theres you going for the whole 9 yards. Nothing tops Alexs photo description but you can use a weaker rubberband for weaker bait.

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #3 on: Dec 12, 2013, 02:58 PM »
This is cool . Thank You for putting it up . I will be trying this year .

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #4 on: Dec 12, 2013, 03:05 PM »
Interesting, I'll try this out.

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #5 on: Dec 12, 2013, 03:07 PM »
what type of line are you running on that tip up?
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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #6 on: Dec 12, 2013, 03:12 PM »
That is really cool. :)


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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #7 on: Dec 12, 2013, 03:14 PM »
I have never used a tip up but if I ever do I will use this. Great explanation and pictures. Sounds like a good idea. Thanks! :clap: :clap:
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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #8 on: Dec 12, 2013, 03:17 PM »
Very nice ......this method/technique is used for was species/situations ?
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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #9 on: Dec 12, 2013, 03:26 PM »
what type of line are you running on that tip up?
That line is probably 20 years old so I'm not certain about the manufacturer. I believe it is 30lb braided  ???
It must be something in the water.

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #10 on: Dec 12, 2013, 03:28 PM »
thats the tip i needed for rigging giant baits so they cant trip the flag...ill just loop the rubber band as shown, and not wind any line over it...

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #11 on: Dec 12, 2013, 03:33 PM »
Very nice ......this method/technique is used for was species/situations ?
I used this often when I didn't have a snosled, traps spread out over 100 yards it takes a while to get to them. This way the fish don't spool you by the time you get there. I use it on salmon, trout, but it works great on lake trout or any other species that likes to take the bait and run and spool your line. I don't always use this method.
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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #12 on: Dec 12, 2013, 03:36 PM »
that's cool thanks
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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #13 on: Dec 12, 2013, 04:03 PM »
Thanks! That's a very interesting thing to know.
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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #14 on: Dec 12, 2013, 04:43 PM »
Interesting! I'm going to try that on my rattle wheels!!! :thumbsup:

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #15 on: Dec 12, 2013, 04:47 PM »
thanks Alex

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #16 on: Dec 12, 2013, 04:52 PM »
 The way most guys use it , is with the intent to break, that way, there is a small stop in the run, without pulling the bait from the fish, or having him drop it. We tie it in about 10 yds, with a circle hook, the secret is to have the right tension ( thickness) of rb so that it does break. I have used it with success, and have had it fail, where it is spooled to the rb, and the bait is dropped

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #17 on: Dec 12, 2013, 04:57 PM »
Excellent job with explanation and photos Alex!  :thumbsup:

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #18 on: Dec 12, 2013, 05:08 PM »
Although I've never heard of that, it does make perfect sense and can be adapted for many different uses.

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #19 on: Dec 12, 2013, 05:16 PM »
that's cool for sure. Good info

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #20 on: Dec 12, 2013, 05:23 PM »
I'm glad I could help clear things up. I obviously didn't "invent" this trick but I like to take pictures and fish so I thought I would post and help contribute to the ice fishing community. This trick can most certainly be used with most kinds of traps like jack traps, polar tip ups, etc...
It must be something in the water.

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #21 on: Dec 12, 2013, 05:46 PM »
nice post and great pics good job.....

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #22 on: Dec 12, 2013, 06:28 PM »
thanks for the post...great tip!!

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #23 on: Dec 12, 2013, 06:36 PM »
Excellent posting for this technique. I have used this also for years the larger the targeted species the more success I have had with it.  :tipup:
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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #24 on: Dec 12, 2013, 07:53 PM »
I need to give this a try thanks

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #25 on: Dec 12, 2013, 08:02 PM »
That line is probably 20 years old so I'm not certain about the manufacturer. I believe it is 30lb braided  ???

Wow, it looks brand new...

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #26 on: Dec 12, 2013, 10:25 PM »
I have always wanted to try this but usually end up using one specific tip-up and just bend the flag just enough to keep tension. But I will try this instead.. Thank you!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #27 on: Dec 13, 2013, 06:17 AM »
I guess I am kinda dense, but what does the rubber band do? Once the fish runs a little ways your flag still pops up and when the fish reaches the rubber band doesn't it just pop?

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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #28 on: Dec 13, 2013, 06:41 AM »
Just watch,someone will make special rubber bands for tip ups and charge a buck a buck a piece for them,tell how much better they are than a regular rubber band.
  Then we will  argue on which rubber band works best. Hey it is a good idea. You guys just keep on thinking.
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Re: The rubber band trick
« Reply #29 on: Dec 13, 2013, 07:53 AM »
The "Buddah" band is an ingenious tip that really has its place and time.  If I'm togue fishing in semi - deep - deep water, especially if it's cold and nasty, you can bet I've got some bands in use for the day.  Nobody can say they enjoy getting spooled by a togue (certainly doesn't have to be a big one to do so) in those conditions and then have to deal with it.  I think its fairly important to match your band roughly to the strength of your leaders, for instance the smallest band you can buy at Staples tunes well with 6 or 8 pound flouro leader.  Pretty cool when you pull up to a trap and see it bungy jumping on the other end. ;D  Another advantage is when you see a broken band you know you have a "good one" on. @) :tipup:  Try it, you might like it. @)

 



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