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What do call that blue tripod deal that your pole is mounted to. I assume that it sets the hook when a fish bites? I live in Texas, so we don't have ice fishing down here. Just trying to learn something. Thanks, Charlie
 
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What do call that blue tripod deal that your pole is mounted to. I assume that it sets the hook when a fish bites? I live in Texas, so we don't have ice fishing down here. Just trying to learn something. Thanks, Charlie
It's called a jawjacker. Kind of works like a downrigger. Drop your bait down, load the rod up and set the line over the trigger operated release mechanism. When a fish strikes it pulls the trigger down which then allows the rod to spring upward with full force setting the hook. Works fantastic! You can sit in your ice tent windows closed and hear any rods set outside of the tent spring when they release.
Had another great day today...wife and I had 9 on and brought home 5, three rainbows and two brookies. Caught my PB Brookie to date. A 19"x12.5" that tipped the scale just 1oz shy of 4lbs! Not five minutes later I caught an 18" out of the same hole that tipped the scale at 3lbs-6oz. And the drive to the lake this morning was a real thrill ride. We saw 6 mule deer, a coyote sitting on top of a big round straw bale and 8 moose!!
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Wow. You've got it figured out. We know what you'll be eating for a good long time. You could hire out as a guide or start a fishing program for youth.
 

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Wow. You've got it figured out. We know what you'll be eating for a good long time. You could hire out as a guide or start a fishing program for youth.
The lake we are fishing is very small and there weren't any good maps available. The gov't surveyed it in the 60's and there was a bathymetric map made and that is the map Navionics uses :rolleyes: so last summer I hauled my boat down to it since there is a decent enough launch to get my boat in there and used my Lowrance unit which has a live mapping feature and mapped the entire lake myself then downloaded and transferred the log files onto three SD cards via my laptop. I have one for all three fishfinder/chartplotters on my boat that way. I removed the bow fishfinder/chartplotter before Xmas and put it into a Lowrance portable pack and that gives me a unit with the map I made for ice fishing. I can locate the tiniest structure changes, weedbeds, transition areas or go to my saved waypoints etc to put me on good high percentage spots. I figure if you're spending the day fishing and all the money we spend on gear etc you might as well give yourself all the advantage you can....as for guiding? Maybe one day, we've talked a few times about moving to BC and operating a charter boat as a retirement gig...

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The lake we are fishing is very small and there weren't any good maps available. The gov't surveyed it in the 60's and there was a bathymetric map made and that is the map Navionics uses :rolleyes: so last summer I hauled my boat down to it since there is a decent enough launch to get my boat in there and used my Lowrance unit which has a live mapping feature and mapped the entire lake myself then downloaded and transferred the log files onto three SD cards via my laptop. I have one for all three fishfinder/chartplotters on my boat that way. I removed the bow fishfinder/chartplotter before Xmas and put it into a Lowrance portable pack and that gives me a unit with the map I made for ice fishing. I can locate the tiniest structure changes, weedbeds, transition areas or go to my saved waypoints etc to put me on good high percentage spots. I figure if you're spending the day fishing and all the money we spend on gear etc you might as well give yourself all the advantage you can....as for guiding? Maybe one day, we've talked a few times about moving to BC and operating a charter boat as a retirement gig...
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Thanks Canuck for explaining the Jaw Jacker. I appreciate it. Got some nice fish there and a nice boat.
 
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I can smell the smoked trout already :unsure:😋
 
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Picked up a few more for the smoker this weekend. My wife got her PB Brook Trout today just minutes before packing it in for the weekend. A real football of a Brookie only 16.5" long but a girthy 13.5" and pulling the lip grip scale to 3lb-8oz!

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