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  1. Wow, what a great video. I have a couple of questions please.
    What size of hook for the dropshot.
    What do you use to tip the Spoon.
    What type of underwater camera did you use, very impressive

    1. +canatek I use a #6 red hook. I don’t tip the spoon with anything just the bead that comes on the spoon. The camera is a GoPro 4 with a special underwater trippod

    2. Sorry for the delay. I’m using 10 pound Nanofil with an 8 pound Fluorocarbon leader

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  2. Hello from Spain,
    Beautiful video.
    When fishing, do you see any difference between using a normal mono leader and a fluorocarbon leader?
    Thank you very much, and good fishing.

    1. I find fluorocarbon more effective not only because it almost invisible but there is less line stretch so better hook sets.

  3. Hey John, awesome video. I’m just wondering what size and style of Slab Grabber you’re using in the video. Is it 1 1/4, 1 1/2 or 2 inch? Also, have you tried the Drain Pipe or do you stick with the traditional?

  4. Great video! really helped me learn how to properly use the spoon to catch good size perch on Lake St. Clair. just curious, how has that fenwick aetos held up? is it still your go to rod? I ask because I was looking at purchasing that same model rod you described at Cabelas

    1. +Tom Pucovsky . If you’re really serious about your lure fishing the very best rods all come from Japan. They might not be cheap but they use the very best carbons and components but the design of the blanks are light years ahead of what’s availabe in the USA and Europe. Take a look at some of the “Major craft” predator rods that are currently selling well in higher end UK lure fishing specialist shops. The Tenryu rods also have a reputation in Europe as outstanding rods, again average price is around $500 – $600 but the balance and information that’s transmitted from the tip down through the blank is like nothing experienced before. A previous doubter from the writing staff of Sea Angler magazine said it’s crazy money to spend on a spinning rod. After a day out with a fellow angling journalist who had bought one, he ended up ordering one himself and wrote an article on how he was wrong and these Japanese rods are like nothing he’d ever fished with before.

  5. Great video John! Quick question, is that just a standard drop shot setup with a palomar knot? Or a different type a knot that allows u to tie a hook on ur tag end. Thx.

  6. Best video I’ve seen thus far describing how to jig through the ice. I may start using a jig or spoon on the bottom instead of a weight. Still waiting for Martindale Pond to freeze over because Simcoe is about 2.5 hours away.

  7. Amazing video. I entered my first perch derby this year and the winners said they exclusively used slab grabbers! I brought one with me but didn’t use it!! Now I know how to. Thank you!!

  8. Excellent…..such great information. I really can use a bunch of this. Thanks for your sharing.

  9. Very nice! I tie a streamer(fly) on top and any heavier bait below. Works great! I have a 2 part on my channel(very amateur) on this as well!

  10. Great video! Informative, short, to the point and with excellent video footage. Thank you! A++

  11. There have been some questions about detecting light bites, and yes, a camera works the best and is a lot of fun. However if you don’t have a camera this is my advice. For pan fish I use a old vintage Teho rod. I like these rods for two reasons; first I love the line counter they have as I fish a lot of deep water for panfish, often on Lake Superior and it’s get you back down to depth with very little hassle and is very fast. Secondly, I don’t feel for a bite, I look for it on the surface tension of the water as the line pierces through it. Lastly you can rest a Teho on your knee keeping it totally still when deadsticking. Water will adhear to the line and you can see it either pulling down but most often lifting up which either brings down a cone of water on the surface or pulls it up on the line. It’s very miniscule but works great.
    Another thing we found works great for perch or schooling fish is we keep a lure, like a Swedish Pimple down on another line with no hooks on it. Like I said earlier we fish a lot of deeper water and when using a camera we noticed fish kinda slowly swam off when you were reeling up, rebaiting and getting your lure back down. If you keep a lure down there the perch stick around.
    Another massive trick to keeping fish and drawing in other fish is we dump crushed seashells down our holes before we start. It’s just a theory but maybe it gives a fish something different to attract them other than the same old mud bottom. If you are one of those fishermen that like looking down your hole it makes it easier to see what going on too.

  12. Changed my life haha. I’ve been wondering if anyone drop shots through the ice. This is awesome

  13. You’re the man – super video
    Just got clarification we can use them here in MN but are limited to that pole, headed up to the shop to rig one up

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