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What do people like for a good panfish rod?


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I was given a nice 13 fishing freefall reel for christmas from my grandma and I want to get a nicer rod then the cheap HT combo's i've been using.  Looking at the 13fishing tickle stick.  Anyone got feedback on that rod?  Which weight should i go with?  I typically fish tungsten jigheads with mousies or something on it.  Not looking to spend more the say $60.

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Yep, the Tickle Stick is a nice rod with a flat tip that serves as a strike indicator, and the Widowmaker is another higher end option that's very light and sensitive, but with decent backbone for lifting slabs. What's your primary application? How deep a water are you fishing? I love the freefall in 15+ feet, just to let a slow fluttering presentation, and with zero twist you don't spook shy fish. You could also consider going all the way and having a custom rod made to specifications. I have a freefall on both light and ultralight setups that I use for crappie in deeper water, and they are very nice.

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I'm with Longspurs. I  have about 25 ice fishing rod setups and I still keep going back to those HT Blue Ice 's but in the 24 inch size.:smile:

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I like my HT rods, too. Not as much as the two of you, obviously. But I only use them in shallow water, since I find that the parabolic bend of the light glass makes cranking up a crappie to get back down onto the school fast a bit...tricky.

 

Kev, you should let me build you a rod and see if I can change your mind lol.

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All few years ago, I watched 33Canuck pulling up Keuka lakers one after another on a perch rod. Yeah, they're not the biggest lake trout in the world, but I think that most of what happens to determine whether you land the fish is on the angler end.

 

I just like having dedicated rods for different fishing situations, because I like to build and test them. It's tough to beat a whippy fiberglass blank in shallow water. But I will take a "bullwhip" carbon blank with a needle tip and decent backbone outside of 15' for panfish, and once you start talking jigging rapalas and heavier jigs, the gauge changes again. Different tools for different jobs. I mean, you can make anything work if you're a decent fisherman, right? But half the fun for me is figuring out my favorite.

 

I could have limited myself to brunettes as a younger man, but where would have been the fun in that lol?

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"Different tools for different jobs" perfectly sums it up whether trolling or ice fishing and the element of the unknown is always there too even in shallow water:lol: Some years ago on Canandaigua I was fishing next to a guy in about 15 ft of water when he hooked something that bent his HT right over and he was using 2 lb test. After fighting it for 45 minutes or more he brought the fish out of the hole....a 12 lb lake trout. Kind of a miracle on 2 lb. but if using 10 lb braid in deeper water the fish would have been in a lot sooner and with not so much concern:lol:

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oh, I agree with the different tools for the job too.  That's why I have fly rods of different weights, and I'm looking to get a 13ft Centerpin rod to go with the 11ft one I have.  My question was literally just about a rod to go with this 1 reel.

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I hate to give my friend gator any credit, but he has built dozens of ice rods ( along with open water rods) and has a lot of experience with the subtleties of ice blanks.   I also build ice rods and have some experience with various blanks.  We both use mostly our own builds when fishing but I do have a few tickle sticks and HT’s. I do like the UL tickle stick for perch but not so much for gills or crappies.  It does not handle the small tungsten as well as an UL HT with a tungsten spring bobber. ( my preferred gill rod). For crappies, I really have not found any rod out there that I like. But that’s just me. 

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I like my HT rods, too. Not as much as the two of you, obviously. But I only use them in shallow water, since I find that the parabolic bend of the light glass makes cranking up a crappie to get back down onto the school fast a bit...tricky.
 
Kev, you should let me build you a rod and see if I can change your mind lol.
I would like that ... 44in M/H for lakers and 30in light for pans let me know how much? My laker rods guides are all cut up from the braid.

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No charge, I like building them. I'd be stoked to build another laker rod. Let me see what I have in terms of blanks or what I can get, and I'll be in touch with you.

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