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JesseParker1

Good Pole for bigger fish

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JesseParker1

Hey all!!!

I am going out targeting bass and northerns tomorrow and wanted to get some advise on a good ice pole. I typically go for the panfish in the winter, but my buddy is telling me about this "secret spot", and he tells me there are some lunkers in there.

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks,

Jesse

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Urbanflyguy

I use a St.croix medium heavy with a cestus real for all my pike jiging and dead baits along with a tip up. Biggest taken on it was a 37" pike and it didnt seem to stress my gear at all

good luck to you

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JesseParker1

Very nice...Are tehy expensive like their openwater poles? I need to get one regardless.

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Moonie

I have a couple st croix premier rods... med and med-lt action. I've caught big pike and trout on both. A fast tip helps for adding quick action to heavier jigs, getting solid hook sets etc. Maybe go with Med to MH ...Probably more important is to have good line (maybe fireline crystal) and a reel with a good drag system on it for playing the fish. I've caught big pike on my noodle rod before. You just have to play them a lot more.

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Urbanflyguy

the prices for the rods vary but i use the same rods as moonie and they run from 40-50 depending on store and how much of the season is left. The cestus reals are very good ice reals with dependable drag ive never been let down by them wether is panfish or big cats threw the ice. i also agree on line choice minus i like the black stuff and pike dont seem to mind it but thats also out of habbit of use

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JesseParker1

Very nice guys! I will be sure to let you know how i do this weekend.

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