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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:23 AM 10/28/05 (CST)
I'm a tipup fisherman from Michigan making my first trip to LOW. Need to get setup for jigging. I was thinking of a 24" medium action jig pole for walleyes. I figured 24" would be good for indoor jigging (short enough) and medium is about right for walleyes. Any other jigging advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Marko
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:49 AM 10/28/05 (CST)
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I think the 24" will be perfect for you. I go to LOTW at least once a winter to catch some walleyes and sauger, and i think I use about a 24" rod myself. I don't think you want it much longer than that, it will just be in the way.

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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 06:53 PM 10/29/05 (CST)
The wife say's my jig pole is long enough for her. hahahaha



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 07:15 AM 10/30/05 (CST)
20'' -24'' would be great i fish lake of the woods just about every day in the winter..
Marko, where you staying up there ?
stop at a bait store up there before you go to the resort and buy your jigs there you might pick up some info how the fish are bitting and get your self some gold rock n rolls they worked great last year..


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:59 PM 10/30/05 (CST)
I use 24" poles mainly, I portable fish a lot so a shorter pole makes it easier for me, nothing wrong with 26 or 28 especially on bigger fish I even have a 32" that I use for outside hole hopping fishing.

More importantly then the length of your pole will be your set up and presentation.

Must haves for any LOW trip include.......

Like Iceman said Gold Jigs and spoons......the more the merrier.

Glow Jigs, I prefer in order Red Glow, Green Glow, Blue Glow you can never have enough Glows Jigs start buying them now in all different sizes and you will need a Tazer "light" to glow your jigs up.
I like to bring my Tazer into the Bait/Tackle stores so I know the color and intensity of the Jigs before I buy them.

I like Red hooks on LOW also, if I am not using a Glow Jig for my set line I'll use a #8 Gamakatsu and Minnow.

Lake of the Woods has murky muddy water so the gold and glow really help also the Saugers seem to hug the bottom I normally fish 6" to 12" off the bottom with my set line.

On my jigging pole I usually rotate between a Spoon with minnow head or a bigger brighter glow Jig while monitoring my electronics.

Not sure if you have a flasher "VEX" or not, if you don't beg, borrow, buy, steal or RENT one, it's real important the Saugers will tend to be near the bottom but the Walleyes can be suspended anywhere in the water column, real important to know where your bait is and where those Big Eyes are.

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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 09:02 AM 10/31/05 (CST)
Thanks for all of the advice fellas. I'll start buying jigs now and I'll defintely get some glow jigs and colored hooks. Not sure if we have electronics or not. One of our guys is trying to borrow a velixar, otherwise renting is a good idea. We're staying at Zippel Bay resort starting Jan. 15. They seem to have a good reputation and I like the fact that you can drive on the ice. With the gang I'm traveling with, I'd hate to be on a schedule.
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:40 AM 10/31/05 (CST)
Coldmark,
Its to bad you didn’t stay with long point. We will be up Jan 13, 14 and 15.
I use 28 – 30 inch rods. A few years back I was ice fishing with Carl Brown on the Rainy River and he told me that he switched his clients to 30” plus for rod size and his Catch to landing ratio went way up? I started doing some testing and talking and much to my surprise I found out the same. I did find out that if you are just fishing smaller pan fish it really didn’t matter. What I believe is the difference is that people have a tendency to buy pan fish rods and use them for there once a year LOW trip. When they catch the 4-5 lb walleye or 4 plus pike the rod is bent over to its max and the sharp angles the line produces causes the line to break. This of course is what I think about while commuting the 70 miles home so my reasoning could be gibberish but the fact is still there. Longer rods land more fish. If I was going to LOW it would be 28”min. Like said before a down fall is weather or not the rod fits in the Ice house. I have not had a problem with some minor chair adjustment. You are on the right track on the lures my advice is never buy less than two of each type. The one you buy a single of will produce and a big nasty pout will break it off for you. Match your slip bobber with your lures. Retie after a toothy critter gets your bait. Don’t forget to fish the monster pike over there in zipple…




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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 11:54 AM 10/31/05 (CST)
Hey Sand Burr,

You seem to talk from experience so I'll go with the 28". I was originally planning to stay at the Long Point Resort but decided on Zippel. Not sure if I made the right choice or not, we'll see how it goes. The bar and restaurant on site will be convenient. We have not made specific plans to fish pike but we've talked about. We're planning to play it by ear and maybe on day 2 or 3 a couple of us might do a little pike fishing.
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 08:21 PM 10/31/05 (CST)
Hey guys. I love fishing LOTW, I make it up there every year and come home with a meal. The other guys deffinatly got the jigs and colors on the nose. For the pole I use a berkley lightning in medium action, it works good but I use a couple of tricks to keep the fish on. A big mistake that people make is using their summer reel on there winter jigging pole. It works on some poles but most reels hang down to far from the rod and the first eye is usually to close, resulting in the line rubbing hard on the first eye because of the angle. Try to find a nice combo that is set up already. It costs a little more, but worth it.
Second, you have to remember that the pole is only 24 inches and if you hook a bigger one it will pull it straight down. I found out you can't fish it like a 6' pole and hold it 90 degrees from the suface of the water. I like to play the fish like you would in the summer when you catch one on an ultra light. If its pulling hard, point the tip down, let the drag do the work. Makes a big difference. Poles are nice and mess free, but if it is a big fish, I throw down the pole, and do the old hand method alot. I loose less fish that way. I believe the pole is there for jigging more than reeling up fish.

Just my opinion. But I still use a pole in the summer. Good Luck.
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 05:07 PM 11/02/05 (CST)
Great choice Coldmark, the owners are hoot they have the classic Canadian/Fargo accent and they are super nice people.

I know what you mean by not having to be on a schedule nothing worse then being in what I call the Corporate/Commercial area "sportsmans, wigwam, adrians," of LOW, where they ship you out in the morning between 6:30 and 9:00 am and bring you in between 3:00 and 6:30 pm.
This works for some but I never liked it.

Zippel is one of the few resorts that plow roads for vehicles versus the Track vehicles used by most of the resorts.

Adfjohn, I like the hand over hand method with big fish also.

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