Setting up a new Tip Up

Brendan Herbert Tip Up Setup - step 1 rigging your tip for ice fishing.

Brendan Herbert Tip Up Setup – step 1 rigging your tip for ice fishing.

I just got my first tip up and am really excited to try it out. My dad says using tip ups is really fun so I am excited to try mine.

The first step to setting up a tip up is to unpack it and tie on the line. I tied it on really well to make sure the line does not come loose. Then, I reeled on a whole bunch of line until the spool was almost full. Next, I cut the line and slid on the line marker.

Tip up setup rigging step 2 - tying on your Arnold freeze proof line

Tip up setup rigging step 2 – tying on your Arnold freeze proof line

The line marker looks like a little ice fishing bobber. I plan to use it as a depth finder so when the fishing is crazy I don’t have to keep re-checking how deep the water is. Once the line marker is on, I tied the line to the barrel swivel end of the leader. Below this is a weight and a few bright beads, then below them is another barrel swivel, and a longer leader, leading up to a snap swivel.

The rigging kit came with a big, sharp hook and I attached that to the snap swivel. Once it was all done, I reeled most of the line in, folded the tip up back in place, and then wrapped the extra around the rest of the tip up so nobody gets hooked and I don’t snag things. I also plan to spray down the entire rig with scent killing spray because I am experimenting to find out how much fish use their noses when deciding to bite something.

Ice fishing tip up setup step 3 - Brendan Herbert's completed rig

Ice fishing tip up setup step 3 – Brendan Herbert’s completed rig

Go to www.stopperlures.com to find out more. Also, Stay tuned to see my results. Be safe and happy fishing!

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Brendan Herbert About the Author: Brendan Herbert is a junior member of Team Stopper Pro Staff. Brendan has been hunting and fishing ever since he can remember. His favorite things to do are play sports, music, raise livestock, and of course, hunting and fishing. Brendan really likes ice fishing in the winter and bass fishing in the summer. His favorite animals to hunt are deer and turkeys. Someday Brendan hopes to make a living hunting and fishing and is really excited to work with Stopper Lures.

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