I use a regular open faced reel with 2-4# pound line and usually a tungsten jig or a small spoon. If there's a slight wind I will put out as much flag that's allowed, I the heavy wind days I will pull it back in. I set with the wind on heavy days and cross wind for action on light wind days. Always play the wind for jigging applications.
For Crappie, Perch, White Bass, Bluegill and Walleye I Start with a 26" ultra-light Fenwick Night Hawk rod with a Pflueger reel that has 4lb mono ice line on it. To start the rig set up I put a slip bobber knot on the line that can be slid up and down that i use as my depth marker. I've been using 1/12 oz. cast masters and or Swedish pimples tipped with a rose red minnow behind the dorsal fin or only the head. Depending on how aggressive the fish are. I will also tip them with spikes or waxies. I put a small split shot sinker 9" above the spoon. I use my locator to set the spoon 9" off the structure I'm fishing. I put the slip bobber knot at the tip of the rod so after I catch a fish I just drop the line back down to the knot and have my lure at the exact same depth. Once the rod is ready to set in my STD I loosen the drag so when I get a hit the rod goes down the flag goes up and the fish can take line. To set the hook I pull some line out and remove the rod from the STD. I then tighten the drag reel up any slack and set the hook. Reel up the fish and repeat often (hopefully).
For crappie and perch, I prefer using a 24" light action rod, spooled with 4lb mono. I use a size 16 treble hook with small fathead minnows hooked just through the skin in front or underneath the dorsal fin. I also place a bb size split shot about 5 or 6" above the treble hook. If it is really cold out, and the holes are freezing fast, I put a ice stopper bobber on the line as well. The bobber will freeze to the hole, but the solution inside the bobber will allow your line to move up and down freely. I use rubber bobber stops on all of my tip drop rods. When I find the depth I want to fish, I slide the bobber stop so it sits at the water level. This way I can consistantly bring my bait to the same depth fish after fish. If I am using a ice stopper bobber, I place the bobber stopper in between the reel and the first eyelet, so it does not hit the ice stopper bobber. For perch, I put my minnow about 12" off the bottom. For crappie, I will do 12" off the bottom all the way up to just under the ice. Put your bait at different depths so you can figure out where in the water column the fish are.
Lake trout and pike I use a 40" custom Thorne Brothers rod with a akuma avenger baitfeeder reel. 15lb braid with a 5ft 20lb floro leader. Lakers just off the bottom pike usually about 5ft up depending depth of the water. I set the baitfeeder drag just enough to give it some tension to pull the rod down the slot of the std. Then have reel drag set kinda heavy for a good hook set on the lakers then dial it down from there to let it wear itself out. Don't forget to hit the go pro button once not twice messed up what would have been a great video for the fish in the pic.
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Targeting pike with the Tip Drop is the best way to fish with dead bait the flag causes the the bait to move with the wind and the pike hammer the bait.
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The wind moves the flag, the bait gets action and that is what makes the Sullivan Tip Drop the most versatile fishing tool out there
Absolute beast of a fish
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In 2009 I came up with an Idea after buying some Chinese junk that didn't do it's job jigging my line, so I busted it took the motor out of it and built a prototype out of a 2X4 and some plastic 90 degree angle from work the first fish I caught was a bass man I just watched it jumping around on the ice , It was a different deal then with a rubber band actually fighting the fish. We laughed as it fought the fish and the idea had to go forward from there.I received my first patent in 2012 on the Powered Jigging Tip Down. Since then I have made improvements every year to this years model with the hole light and signal flag lights
After the Powered one was in it's first production people wanted a Tip Down that could use a standard spinning reel, so this is how these got started there were a few items out there but they have a lot of issues with rod security so my first Tip drop featured too much rod security you had to twist and lift and some people didn't like the this. The Fulcrum slot was an awesome feature so I went back to the drawing board and came up with the upside down question mark ¿ this has been very popular the ease of use and the rod security are unmatched. The fun colors have created teams on Facebook these are informative but humorous and are run by customers and Team Green was started by my friend John Lemmer and the rest is history as they say
My Promotional friends is a group of paying customers that have voluntarily promoted my products , ran Facebook Groups for the Color Teams and otherwise just been great friends to the Sullivan Tip Down Line of products.Here is a list of people that have helped me and have become my Promotional Friends. John Lemmer, Bob Travis, Rick Chaney, Paul Killion, Bill LaBeau, Ken Nelson,Aaron Matthew Allie Palchik, Conner Sullivan,Jim Bacon, David Scheidler, Scott Mackner, Andy Marcinak,Josh Kurowicki,Steve Brauch, Brandon Marshall, John Matejovsky,Tom Van Epps, Sam Gillich, James Hughes,Bobby Kazubowski , Jesse Aker, Chad Meyer,Tracy Edmunds are all people that can help you learn more about my Tip Downs. They all know the Ice Fishing Tip Downs and how they work
Red is the new Color and it has a lot of excitement around it and the lights, We will be doing the St Paul Ice Fishing Show we have a new spot next to 13 Fishing in the center. We will also be at the Ice Institute Show and the Duluth show unfortunately they cancelled my favorite show in Milwaukee so you will have to buy online or bug your local bait shop to buy some Sullivan Tip Downs It has been one really exciting year with the Color teams forming on Facebook and all the banter back and forth and all the buzz about the STD's. I am excited to announce the light kits are available I'm confident these will be a huge seller one will light your flags up and the other will blink every down stroke on the two speed powered unit
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It's Tip Down season and at Sullivan Tip Downs we take pride in making quality products in the USA.. I have seen way too many great ideas fail due to poor quality and this is why we make it ourselves in Eau Claire , WI. The Sullivan Tip Down was awarded another US Patent in 2014 So now the Sullivan Tip Drop and The Sullivan Tip Down are both Patented . I also carry a full line of Shirts and Hoodies that are very humorous. Along with Beanies and Baseball caps.
Take a look around our website and our store I hope you like what you see. You can't find Sullivan Tip Down products in a lot of stores yet we are a Any input you have on my products you can send to me I have heard some really ingenious ideas that I would love to see.
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Get on a team All the colors have a team on Facebook where everyone brags about their great catches. There are some STD jokes and humor on the Team pages also. Look for Team Green STD's , Team Red STD's , Team Orange STD's , Team Purple STD's and Team Pink STD's
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This was one of the first working Prototypes and how it all started. We take pride in making our products in the same garage to this day. I would rather be small and have a quality product than huge and selling junk.
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