home made tip downs
There is now worry about a Pike pulling your pole down the hole if you use a safety line like we do. It's a 5ft piece of very small diameter cord, very strong like paracord. We put a snap lock on the end and put an eye screw in the butt end of the rod handle and another screw eye in the frame. One end of the cord is tied to the eye in the frame and the other end is tied to the snap lock, then just put the snap lock onto the eye in the butt of the pole.
I have had Northerns pull the pole down the hole and had to retrieve it with the cord. Last weekend I caught a 41" Northern on a Tip Down.