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Offline MichiganMan

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Baitcaster ice rod ?
« on: Mar 07, 2018, 01:54 PM »
For those of you who may use a bait caster for ice fishing. I'm looking for info on brand and source for the rods you use. For many ice fishing applications I prefer a bait caster, but it's difficult to find ice rods designed for their use.
Thanks for any insight you have to offer.
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Re: Baitcaster ice rod ?
« Reply #1 on: Mar 07, 2018, 09:07 PM »
I use two different rods both are a bit heavy I used for lake trout, a Jason Mitchell mackinaw rod and a 48" ugly stick. I used heavy spoons, tubes and jigging raps with these rods.
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Offline HWeber

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Re: Baitcaster ice rod ?
« Reply #2 on: Mar 07, 2018, 09:39 PM »
Haat rods does baitcaster rods

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Re: Baitcaster ice rod ?
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2018, 06:31 PM »
St Croix makes decent ones, useful for many applications.

Some rods can just simply be mounted with a baicasting reel.  If you want something specific, it's gonna be custom made.  Do it yourself or have a rod builder make it.

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Re: Baitcaster ice rod ?
« Reply #4 on: Aug 08, 2018, 10:43 AM »
Sportsman direct sells a spiral wrapped (acid wrapped) rod that is made for baitcasters. It doesn’t have a reel seat, you would have to use tape or something else.

https://sportsmensdirect.com/shop/hwi-acid-rods-combos/
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Offline Tuma

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Re: Baitcaster ice rod ?
« Reply #5 on: Dec 06, 2018, 12:25 PM »
Most of the ice rods that are made with a bait caster reel seat will be a heaver rod from what I have seen. 
How bad is the ice up on a bait caster reel?  I am thinking of building myself a rod for sturgeon but not sure if I want a spinning reel or bait caster reel.

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Re: Baitcaster ice rod ?
« Reply #6 on: Dec 06, 2018, 12:41 PM »
Steal @ $22  Fenwick Elite-Tech 30" Medium Casting Ice Rod.  MSRP  $39.95  It wouldn't cost you much if you just wanted to try one out!

https://www.amazon.com/Fenwicks-ETICE30M-C-Elite-Tech-Casting/dp/B011LVAJWK

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Re: Baitcaster ice rod ?
« Reply #7 on: Dec 07, 2018, 02:29 AM »
Most of the ice rods that are made with a bait caster reel seat will be a heaver rod from what I have seen. 
How bad is the ice up on a bait caster reel?  I am thinking of building myself a rod for sturgeon but not sure if I want a spinning reel or bait caster reel.

If you pinch or feather the line before it hits the levelwind line guide, there will be no icing.  I palm my reel anyways and I got use to doing it.  In fact while hole hopping I always pinch my line before the tip to prevent icing up even on my spinning reel set ups, and I do it methodically with bait casting set ups.

The industry is just not willing to move over to a lighter set up on baitcasting rods.

The Fenwick Elite Tech 30" medium is about the lightest bait casting rod on retail shelves for ice fishing.

Diawa Triforce Shorty Casting rod can be used for ice fishing, but again comes in a medium power.  It's three feet long.

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