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I really enjoy using those mini "baitcaster type" reels and use them on all my ice rigs. A light rod and a mini reel are extremely sensitive and help detect light biters. Should a big fish strike you will be amazed how they increase your odds of landing them.

I set my drag extremely light and press my thumb on the spool to apply drag this way you can instantly apply and remove any amount of drag instantly. Spinning reels only give you one setting for drag and it can be tough to adjust the drag when the fight is on.

I have landed some pretty big slimers on light line and a ultra light rod as a result of having unlimited and instant control of the drag.

These reels are pretty cheap pick one up and give it a try.

Just remember to keep a small amount of thumb pressure on the spool when stripping line out to lower the bait. This will avoid overrunning the spool. (birds nest)

Also remember to keep firm pressure on the spool when setting the hook then the game is on !

Landing a big fish on a light rod and a mini casting reel is a blast ! Give one a try, once you get used to it you may not ever go back to using a spinning reel.

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    • Mike89
      that's not good!!!
    • kelly-p
      your post is the first I heard about this ☹️
    • leech~~
      I wonder if he can find someone to help him with his houses this winter?  
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    • eyeguy 54
      good tips guys. indeed a good idea to bring some meat along. I find myself using it less and less but good to have in the pocket. 
    • Borch
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      Hey Chris what about the tip on putting your favorite concoction in a generic spray bottle to keep it secret, while you proceed to school everyone at the Catfish Get Together 😆
    • IceHawk
      Another option for those that don't have bait laying around or don't want to buy any is to buy a bottle of Berkley gulp recharge and add a little to a bait puck or plastic bag with your plastics for the day.  I myself never go on the ice without a puck with some kind of meat. Call me crazy  but  I've seen situations where it has outperformed plastics.  Fortunately for myself I have a bait fridge in the garage with euro and waxies and a insulated aeroated minnow tank with minnows all winter. A Minnie bait store so to say.😀
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      This I will definitely try this season.  Thank you for the tip @IceHawk
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