A buddy of mine asked me how I have my tip-ups rigged and maintained.
So, I thought I would share what I do for metro-ice pike fishing and tip-up rigging.
Pretty basic and if others have any tips, please add in!!!
I use HT Enterprise tip-up line in 30lb test.
I also just use the Southbend fine wire leaders with the ball-bearing swivel. My opinion the ball bearing swivel is important because the sucker/shiner is going to be swimming round-n-round all day long. 12″ wire leader is more than enough and a person can get away with a 9″.
I know some people use mono leaders and claim good luck with them and that it makes a difference.
Leader is tied directly the line using a polymer knot.
I just use a heavier split shot sinker pinched right above the knot, about an inch or two.
If your sinker is too far up, it allows the bait more room to swim around with less weight restriction.
TRUST ME ON THIS!!!!!! I watch a couple of pike on the aqua-view a few years back. We had a real lively sucker. The pike couldn’t catch him…..They would swim up and try and grab the sucker, but he kept dodging them in the “close quarters”. All because the weight was about a foot up the line……giving the sucker about 2′ of free line to roam around.
Us the tiny “tip-up line marker” bobbers. A guy sees these in the tackle shops. They look like a bobber you would use for stunted metro panfish. These line markers are critical. It tells you if you get a short run or a false flag if you didn’t see the flag trip.
As for hook size. I’m not big on the “gauky” quick-strike rigs. Most of the time, I’m using a single hook. Most of the time I’m using a size 2 in the metro lakes, since most of the shiners and suckers used are under 8″.
For maintenance, lubrication, tension adjusting:
Take the lock-nut off the top of the tip-up rod. A lock-nut is the type of nut with a plastic insert. This keeps the nut from moving around for your tension adjustment. Once the nut is off, slide off the spring too. And the spool assembly with the rod/threads will slide out the bottom. Lube up this rod with the grease. Grease it like you would if you were to put a thin layer of peanut butter on a sandwich. Too much and it will squeeze out, which is not big deal, but messy. But also, if you put too much in, it can get “sticky” and cause drag in cold weather.
When putting it back together, adjust the lock nut on top of the spring (this is your spool tension). Just like adjusting a bait-caster reel for casting. Too tight and no line spins out. Too loose and you get serious back lash.
Basically, adjust it just to the point where a fish can easily pull off line.
If it is too loose, the back lash is going to cause you to loose fish non-stop. Just like casting and you get backlash on a reel and the spool locks up.
So, if un sure, I would side towards “too tight” than “too loose”.
I think that about covers it. Probably should have posted this in November!
Any other comments or did I miss anything?