Slib bobber rather than a tip down
Finicky fooler is the answer... it goes off with less resistance than any tip up or tip down I've ever used. It's a tip up that allows you to use your rod and reel combo and you leave your bail open so it allows the fish to run with it unlike your typical tip down. I prefer this over slip bobbers because I don't like to clip any hardware to my line
Have you looked at the First Strike Indicators? I use these paired with a Okuma Bait feeder reel and love them. You don't have to keep the bail open and it will let you know when you have a bite. Very little resistance when the fish is pulling line out.
(cold front) - I noticed the same thing in that you cant see the slip bobbers very well at distance like you can tip downs or tip ups... Does anyone know of a taller more visible type slip bobber that can be seen better at greater distance? Thanks
you can tune these to be neutrally buoyant.
very effective when dead sticked next to active jigging hole. I believe often the bigger fish will turn off a spoon for more natural meal if fishing crappie or perch.
fishing a dead stick constantly will slow you down though, so I really will only want to drop a rod after I find fish
I've done it in a shack, but ever since I got a vexilar I jig now. Like was said, you want enough weight that the bobber hardly floats, it might even be partially submerged. That way when the fish bites the weight and bobber counter each other and there is hardly any resistance felt by the fish. Used to catch crappies all the time in the past that way.
But yeah, the bobber can't freeze in the hole outside, so a shack is best unless its a t-shirt day.