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Offline IBfishing04

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ice rod of choice for walleye
« on: Nov 28, 2015, 02:37 PM »
what action/length are you fellas useing when fishing for walleye?

Offline chilly-willy

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #1 on: Nov 28, 2015, 07:37 PM »
I got ht ice blues in medium action that the go to rod of choice for me ... I am sure there are custom action and custom rods out there... but I build my own and a $50 blank just don't make sense when the same thing for 9.99 does the same thing... and there are  50 other brands that sell 50  different actioned rods as well...  I found if I really want some thing I buy it when it is worth it to me...

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #2 on: Nov 28, 2015, 07:42 PM »
32" M St Croix Premier rods are what I use for my walleye set up. Have caught one on my 28" ML Fenwick Elite Tech and that walleye put a pretty good bend in it. Walleye was only 16" though. The M Fenwick would probably be better.

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #3 on: Nov 28, 2015, 07:48 PM »
I run all st Croix and prefer the shorter versions for space in the shanty.  Caught a 38 inch northern two winters ago on my 24" st Croix legend, medium action and it handle it like a dream.  I run a premier and picked up an avid last year as well which is a great rod.  The avid is a pretty stiff unit you might be able to get away with a ML in this model?  I do have one Jason Mitchel M action walley rod wich is really nice as well. 

I have a buddy that runs all Medium action fenwicks and he really likes those.  So I guess my opinion is fenwick or Croix medium action. 

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #4 on: Nov 29, 2015, 08:48 AM »
28"-32" medium action. From Gander Mountain to St Croix the cost of the rod really hasnt matterd, but your drag is very important on big eyes.

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #5 on: Nov 30, 2015, 08:13 PM »
I have 2 30" medium action graphite rods that I built. Fishing for panfish I never worried much about my reels and always went with something light after almost losing a decent walleye last night due to drag issues I think I'm gonna have to spend some money.

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #6 on: Dec 02, 2015, 06:38 AM »
Action depends on the lures you're going to use which can depend on the size of the Walleye in your lake. Typically, ML-M action works just fine. If you're fishing larger Walleye (over 10lbs) MH is where it's at if you're needing to toss anything over 1/2oz to them. The biggest thing is to make sure the rod is a carbon or graphite blank. You DON'T want fiberglass blanks because you'll miss so many strikes by not feeling the bite. The length of the rod depends on the fish house you're fishing out of.

Me personally, I run M and MH action rods. My M's are 31" and my MH's are 32". I did that only so I can tell them apart.
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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #7 on: Dec 02, 2015, 06:55 AM »
32" M St Croix Premier rods are what I use for my walleye set up.



Same here, it works well on perch also.
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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #8 on: Dec 06, 2015, 08:13 PM »
I have 2 St. Croix Premier's and a Fenwick AETOS.  All three are nice rods for jumbo perch and Walleye.

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #9 on: Jan 05, 2016, 02:31 PM »
Thorne bros walleye sweetheart 28 inch for inside a house and 36 for outside

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #10 on: Jan 05, 2016, 07:00 PM »
I have a 44" M St Croix. Very nice

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #11 on: Jan 06, 2016, 11:39 AM »
Tuned up Customs 32" precision is very deadly for walleye!  It has a sensitive enough tip for the finicky bite but goes right to backbone.  The rod is amazing!

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #12 on: Jan 07, 2016, 12:33 PM »
I have a 30" DH Customs Perch Pounder that is a great rod. I would consider it a ML rod. I recently got a TUCR Commander (32") and that is  a great rod too. Its more of a M to MH rod, but it is sensitive enough that a 5" perch hit feels much bigger

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #13 on: Jan 12, 2016, 11:51 AM »
Any 32" or longer medium power or MH power rod will do for me. My favorite is the old Jason Mitchell 38" ice special spinning rod.  It's a fiberglass composite rod in medium power so it has more flex for those with a bit more finicky bites. 

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #14 on: Jan 13, 2016, 09:45 AM »
IMO the best rods are the 13 fishing white noise in 26m or 28ml and they dont break the bank...i will be trying a ml 27" ticklestick this year though.

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #15 on: Jan 13, 2016, 10:47 AM »
I have a 30" DH Customs Perch Pounder that is a great rod. I would consider it a ML rod. I recently got a TUCR Commander (32") and that is  a great rod too. Its more of a M to MH rod, but it is sensitive enough that a 5" perch hit feels much bigger

How do you like the commander? Can it handle lakers? Feel free to pm me. Borderline ordering one. Any pics of the action would be great
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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #16 on: Jan 13, 2016, 05:58 PM »
How do you like the commander? Can it handle lakers? Feel free to pm me. Borderline ordering one. Any pics of the action would be great

I've never fished for lakers thru the ice, but I would bet that the Commander would have no problem. It has a lot of backbone but you can still feel a light bite. So far I've caught fish as big as a 17" walleye (so nothing big yet) and as small as a 5" perch on it. I believe the Commander is the heaviest
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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #17 on: Jan 13, 2016, 06:01 PM »
I've never fished for lakers thru the ice, but I would bet that the Commander would have no problem. It has a lot of backbone but you can still feel a light bite. So far I've caught fish as big as a 17" walleye (so nothing big yet) and as small as a 5" perch on it. I believe the Commander is the heaviest
 rod TUCR makes
Sounds like the ticket, as I plan to use it for eyes too. Sometimes both eyes and lakers hit soft. Was worried about sensitivity. I'm confused on their power rating. I've read it's less than their power precision and I've read is the power on steroids. Nonetheless, it should serve my purpose. Love my bullwhip. Great company
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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #18 on: Jan 17, 2016, 02:46 PM »
A 28" medium action Fenwick AETOS is a pretty versatile walleye rod at a medium price point.

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #19 on: Jan 19, 2016, 10:25 PM »
Another vote for the St. Croix Premiere 32" M. I have 3 of them

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #20 on: Feb 17, 2016, 09:55 AM »
I just picked up a 27" ML St. Croix Avid jigging rod and it is perfect.  Really sensitive and enough backbone to pull up bigger fish.

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #21 on: Jan 02, 2017, 01:46 AM »
What reel and line should i pair up with the Commander?

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #22 on: Jan 04, 2017, 07:15 AM »
What reel and line should i pair up with the Commander?

I just use the Shimano Sienna on mine, but an upgrade to the Sedona would be better

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Re: ice rod of choice for walleye
« Reply #23 on: Jan 04, 2017, 08:20 AM »
Jason Mitchell Gen7 Elites, 24" medium and 28" medium.  reeled up 45 walleyes in 2 days with these rods first trip out with them.  really like the sensitivity even though they don't have the fastest tip.

 



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