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trolling with lead core

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ok...it is snowing in NW Iowa..

local lakes just about ready for ice fishing...

I have fished Lake V for 35 years...watched guys fishing with lead core this year...Looking to spend some Christmas money on a couple of rod setups to try this next summer...

What length and weight of rod? reel suggestions? line weight?

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Did you see them catch any fish? I rarely see anyone on west end trolling. But I might not notice either.

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yup...out in Niles, Smart Bay, etc...

I need to figure this out...I have been a lindy rig with a leech, crawler or minnow guy forever...and it isn't bad. Just seeing if there is an alternative to shake it up in the summer...

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I will be watching eagerly. I have a trolling rod, a line counter reel, and a pack of 18 lb leadcore sitting and waiting in the below zero temperatures. Never been in the boat. I was hoping to find a few tips.

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On the east end i have my best luck trolling. Lots of people do well trolling on the east end. Maybe the west end is different, ive never fished the west end.

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I do not troll much but many of the other guides on the East end long-line troll a lot and do well.

A few of the West end guides use lead core and do very well!

Cliff

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I am just looking for some guidance on what size rod, reel and line weight to use...

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This isn't about leadcore but a new way I've been trolling spinners in the late summer with pretty good success in Smarts.

I use a rodholder at the tiller and backtroll with a long whippy 7foot medlium light rod and 2-10 power pro. Using a rod rack, and 5/8 ounce bottom bouncer, spinner length and leader of choice, it feels like your downrigging.

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will be on the East end this July, can I troll and catch Northerns??? The obvious question then is how deep and general locations for finding them or is it better to just move and cast...

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Fishmarket,

Pike can be caught both ways in July, but most pike fishermen do a lot more casting.

I think you will have a better chance of getting big fish by trolling deep breaklines or weed edges though.

Cliff

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