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Offline stratosboats

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Rods for Whitefish
« on: Feb 15, 2010, 10:52 AM »
What do you guys use for rods when whitefishing?  I've gone out a few times and are having trouble feeling the fish bite.  Do you use spring bobbers?

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Re: Rods for Whitefish
« Reply #1 on: Feb 15, 2010, 01:18 PM »
I have not tried a spring bobber.  I use a medium action rod and keep a close watch on the vex.  When they chase the lure up if you keep a slight tension on the lure you can feel when the rod loads up with a bite and usually hook them.  They can be really frustrating some days.  Lots of chasing with no real biting going on.

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Re: Rods for Whitefish
« Reply #2 on: Feb 16, 2010, 08:48 AM »
I use a light/medium rod that will show the slightest tick when the fish hit.

If I am fishing deep, ( deeper than 20') I use a 28 inch medium rod.
I use fireline crystal ice for fishing line, then a barrel swivel and about a 18" leader of 10 lb mono.

Hope this helps,



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Re: Rods for Whitefish
« Reply #3 on: Dec 26, 2010, 02:40 PM »
I use a Berkly Hot Ice rod. It is cheap(20 bucks) but it is very sensitive and comes with a reel. There is two types a heavyer one with four rings and a lighter one with three rings. If I am using small jigs I use the light one(2-4 puond I think it says) and if I am using bigger spoons or jigs I use the heavyer one with four rings(4-6 pound I think).

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Re: Rods for Whitefish
« Reply #4 on: Feb 06, 2011, 04:34 PM »
The rod that worked the best on our recent trip was a Jason Mitchell perch rod (medium-light).  I had a wire-type spring bobber on it and it made it quite a bit easier to notice the bite.  I know other factors can be involved, but of the three of us fishing, the other two people without spring bobbers each caught two fish and I caught 21.


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Re: Rods for Whitefish
« Reply #5 on: Feb 12, 2011, 03:58 PM »
Whitefish can certainly be buggers to feel on the line and then somedays they hit like trout!!

I found what worked best for me was using small sponge bobbers...  As soon as that bobber goes below the surface it's game on.. Of course this is only when I am fishing them straight on bottom in 30'

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Re: Rods for Whitefish
« Reply #6 on: Feb 20, 2011, 05:21 PM »
I asked a couple of guides up in Door County what they use and these are what they use. 28" Medium Action Frabill Bro Series, 28" Deadstick Frabill Bro Series, and 38" Medium Action Frabill Ice Hunter.

Offline Crawfordk86

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Re: Rods for Whitefish
« Reply #7 on: Mar 04, 2018, 10:28 PM »
I really like useing a light action rod with 4-5 lb fluorocarbon line, a spring bobber really helps, especially with the light bites, and a micro jig with a tiny chunk of night crawler or pinhead tail


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