I caught 1 that went almost 20lbs on my 4 test U.L ice rig. I got lucky with T.H.E. Jig stuck in the tip of it's lip. Most times I'd loose them too on light line so I gear up with 20 test line & 50 test wire leaders when I am gunning for those big guys.
http://www.bucketrack.com/THEJig.html IF IT'S WET...IT'S CATCH'N FISH
One of my friends up there pulled a 43-incher through the ice this year that he hooked on a tip-up, the biggest he has ever caught. It barely fit through the hole. Unfortunately, his camera was 150 yds. away & he didn't want to leave the fish on the ice while he "ran" across the ice to get his camera, so he sent it back w/o a picture. I caught one that was about 8 lbs. on a tip-up and the reaction is the same as CK mentioned, it came to the hole fairly easily, but then it saw me and took off, the line burned my hands as it ran out.
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