Author Topic: Jack vs. BD vs HL  (Read 700 times)

Offline whiteymalone

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Jack vs. BD vs HL
« on: Jan 12, 2019, 06:00 PM »
The last few years on the ice have been spent experimenting with trying to find the "1" tipup. Here's the plus and minus of the big three tipups.

Heritage Laker: +good visibility in deep or drifting snow.
                       +great line capacity.
                       +very fast and easy to reel in line.
                       +easy to set with gloves on.
                       -spool wing nut fell off on two tipups first time out (fixed with nyloc nuts).
                       -not a very sensitive trip (even with the flag turned)

Beaver Dam:    +sensitive trip.
                       +the ability to see a fish taking line by looking at the spinner.
                       +Lighthouse tipup lights work with these and not the others.
                       +pack up a little smaller.
                       +the same trip if a fish runs down, or sideways.
                       -can get lost in blowing/drifting snow.
                       -poor line capacity.
Jack Traps (31")+sensitive trip.
                       +great visibility in deep snow.
                       +4" reel picks up line the easiest and fastest of the three.
                       +best finish.
                       +great line capacity
                       +no wind flags at all
                        -accessory bait clip needs to be set PERECT, or it interferes with the trip.
                        -the vertical spool isn't the best in very shallow water, if a fish runs sideways it isn't nearly as smooth as a rail tipup.
                        -no visual to see a fish taking line.
                        -hard to put a light on the flag.

 This is from 3 years of on ice use with 3 of each.


Offline mr.clean

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Re: +/-'s of different tipups
« Reply #1 on: Jan 12, 2019, 07:57 PM »
Thank you for the review seems each brand has it's own good and bad points.


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