What kind of hook do you put on a tip up?

Only go up to #8 or more with larger live bait like sucker minnows. Hooks should be larger for Pike, like a #6 or #8. The exception would be if you are on trophy Pike waters, upgrading to #4 can be a good idea.

How much line do you put on a tip up?

How much line should be on a tip up? In most cases, around 75 yards of line on a tip up is plenty. The main exception to this is if you’re targeting fish in deeper water (such as lake trout), in which case you’ll want to spool 100 yards or more.

How much line should I put on a tip up?

What kind of line do you use on a tip up?

For ice fishing, you’ll want a braided or Dacron ice fishing line. Spool the line onto the tip up. In order to get the tip up flag to work, tie an arbor knot with the line around the tip up reel and hand wrap the line evenly in a clockwise direction. Make sure the line can handle the weight of the fish you’re catching.

How much line should you put on a tip up?

Do you need special line for tip ups?

Since tip ups are typically used for ice fishing, it’s best to pick a line that can handle the extremely cold temperatures on the ice. Tip ups are hands-free, so your line should be chosen with that in mind. You’ll want a strong line with low stretch, so that the hook gets set in the fish’s mouth more easily.

How do I maintain my tip-up line?

To maintain your tip-up, periodically spray the moving parts of the line spool and flag release mechanism with a water displacement or silicone-based lubricant. The screws, nuts, and bolts on any metal parts, particularly those that fold in or out, should also be sprayed with a lubricant or anti-corrosive chemical.

What should I look for when buying a tip-up?

While some tip-ups offer fancy looks and features, you want to look at the materials the tip-up is made of. Although plastics are lighter in weight, they usually do not handle exposure to sunlight and cold weather as well as either wood or metal. Most tip-ups are designed so that the line spool is underwater when the tip-up is set up.

How do I choose a tip-up flag?

Choose a tip-up you can see from a distance. Your tip-up should have a large enough flag on a long enough pole that you can see it from a distance of 100 yards (91.4 m) (90 m) in most weather conditions. Choose an orange flag over a yellow one, as a yellow flag will appear white as you get further away from it.

What is a tip-up line?

Tip-ups are to ice fishing what trot lines are to river bank fishing for catfish, a way to present live bait to fish without holding on to a rod.