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Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« on: Oct 17, 2009, 04:20 PM »
Open water fishing has a long list of gimmick products...the flying lure, the banjo minnow, helicopter lures...the list goes on and on. Each season i see a few more items for ice fishing that i would class as a gimmick...

So far what would you class as ice fishings biggest gimmick product

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #1 on: Oct 17, 2009, 04:48 PM »
not sure if its the biggest gimmick, but the first thing that comes to mind is the light-up rods that came out a couple years ago.

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #2 on: Oct 17, 2009, 04:54 PM »
That POS plastic auto jigging tip up.

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #3 on: Oct 17, 2009, 05:08 PM »
the jigging tip-up was on my list...cant believe i bought that..

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #4 on: Oct 17, 2009, 05:30 PM »
the auto jigger, the light up rod and the vibrating rod.

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #5 on: Oct 17, 2009, 05:33 PM »
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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #6 on: Oct 17, 2009, 05:35 PM »
I got mine as a gift, it looked great, nothing but a headache. The concept is good but way to many bugs to work out and too many moving parts to be reliable.

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #7 on: Oct 17, 2009, 05:42 PM »
For me Reel Weeds, any Ice Braid or Fireline and Berkley Gulp. Reel weeds didn't do squat in the waters I fish.

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #8 on: Oct 17, 2009, 07:09 PM »
I go with the jig up and the buzz stick rod.     I returned the jig up the next day, but still have that POS of a rod.  You can mark fish all day until you hit the little button and watch them scatter!!!!

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #9 on: Oct 17, 2009, 07:48 PM »
I hate to admit it but I have a few items on this list including reel weeds.  I never picked up the buzz stix thought it was kind of odd. Same as the rod that has the long thin metal piece works kinda like a spring bobber.

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #10 on: Oct 17, 2009, 07:56 PM »
Pink grubs got me last year. Qualified as a gimmick for me. And of course... I bought some.
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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #11 on: Oct 17, 2009, 08:04 PM »
cheap ice cleats ???

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #12 on: Oct 17, 2009, 08:10 PM »
I actually liked  the red and pink grubs last year. I caught alot of fish on them.

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #13 on: Oct 17, 2009, 08:12 PM »
The jig up as pictured above was awful for sure. I would like to add the Nature Vision VPG to the list. It was the first run of the Showdown, a complete disaster. I understand they worked the bugs out before they re released VPG as the Showdown.

Gulp has caught me allot of fish, especially the pink ones. ;)

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #14 on: Oct 17, 2009, 08:15 PM »
Dude, Did you just wink at me? kidding
The angle of the dangle is directly proportionate to the heat of the beat.
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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #15 on: Oct 17, 2009, 08:17 PM »

Gulp has caught me allot of fish,

Yeah, I also have good luck with Gulp...
  

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #16 on: Oct 17, 2009, 08:21 PM »
Dude, Did you just wink at me? kidding

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Does that make you feel more comfortable?

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #17 on: Oct 17, 2009, 08:23 PM »
I really like the gulp as well.


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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #18 on: Oct 17, 2009, 08:33 PM »
The only time I use gulp is on the ice. I really like the spikes and waxies

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #19 on: Oct 17, 2009, 11:19 PM »
I've used gulp alot soft and hard water.   Works great for me.



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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #20 on: Oct 17, 2009, 11:38 PM »
I love the flying lure, the banjo minnow, helicopter lure   LOL 

well probably not funny........   I do really own them all yes I am a SUCKER   

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #21 on: Oct 18, 2009, 04:36 AM »
Hilarious Skipper. Are you on facebook?  ;D Kidding. The Gulp earthworms(in the lil jar) have caught me a ton of fish. For the longest time, I kept them in my tackle bag just as a backup and didn't use them much( Like most other gimmicks). It only took 5 minutes of actually using them to see that they really work. They're very productive through the ice to boot.
The angle of the dangle is directly proportionate to the heat of the beat.
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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #22 on: Oct 18, 2009, 10:24 AM »
My kids call them "smelly worms". The earthworms in a jar are very versatile. I also like the gulp maggots and especially the fish fry. The fish fry are weird looking, but they are good for dozens of different presentations.

Oh, and they don't freeze and die. ;D

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #23 on: Oct 18, 2009, 10:30 AM »
I haven't done much with Gulp through the ice, but I know in the summer that the crappie nibbles hammer 'em

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #24 on: Oct 18, 2009, 10:35 AM »
I got the banjo minnow years ago as a b-day gift, and I must say, I have caught a lot of fish with them.

As far as ice gimmicks go, the jigging tip up has to be the worst.  I can say I don't own one, but I have seen
them being used, and they are very noisy.

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #25 on: Oct 18, 2009, 05:02 PM »
I would also say the jig up, but one of my polars broke and i put all the metal parts into the jig up frame and it worked great.

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #26 on: Oct 18, 2009, 05:08 PM »
skipper im with you i love the pink ones but also the orange and chart are my other favs they always seem to work pretty decent

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #27 on: Oct 18, 2009, 05:30 PM »
I'm a little surprised by the amount of people who feel that pink is a gimmick colour. I have a large portion of my success with pink and always buy atleast one jig I'm pink when ordering new gear

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #28 on: Oct 18, 2009, 05:39 PM »
pink is great i find but if im on walleye i tend to switch it out as i find the pike love the pink gulp more then the eyes.

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Re: Ice Fishings Biggest Gimmick?
« Reply #29 on: Oct 19, 2009, 08:22 PM »
Regular gulp is the worst thing I've ever used.  Powerbait outperformed it easily 3 to 1.  Now that Gulp Alive has come out, it seemed to fixed everybad thing about regular gulp.
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