catchafew wrote:Important thing to note, always use some type of spring bobber when pannie ice fishing and LOOK for the bend in the spring bobber to disappear as some of the crappie were biting from below and moved higher up and caused the string bobber to straighten out. If I didn't have some type of spring bobber I'm sure I would have missed half the bites, they were subtle today.
billebob5 wrote:those hits are my favorite, when the spring bobber straightens out. Nice job.
DasGoby wrote:Great report. I was also just thinking about the spring bobber straightening out thing just this weekend during my Friday evening session.
I always use spring bobbers. A few years ago, I got frustrated though with various issues and caved in and bought St. Croix legend ice rods with their really cool spring bobber system. It is great and has been worth the money (we spend so much on augers, flashers, and shelters, might as well spend an extra 20-30 per rod).
I now have 2 legend silver and 2 legend black's. Well worth the money. My only complaint is that I manhandled one of the springs and now it looks like a bent up piece of spaghetti on both ends. I called STC and asked them the best way to replace it and I'm waiting on their response. It's been two weeks now. I guess I should follow up.
The runner up for me are marmish spring bobbers. I bought a couple rods that came with them a few years ago. They are hard to find but very good. If I was adding a spring bobber to a rod I would look for one.
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