Post By: KayakerFishfinder Posted: 9/29/2019 10:35:18 PMPoints: 13888
I am selling a homemade Kokanee jigging machine. It has a variable speed setting, fuse and circuit breaker overload protection. It will not have a battery installed when sold. System runs on a 12vdc 9AH battery like fish finders. I have ran the system multiple hours without draining the battery.
System is sealed from the environment in a pelican case.
I am getting rid of it because I never take it with me due to walking out on the ice.
you don't have a hook on it, it pulls a string of cowbells up and down attracting the kokes, you fish holes around the machine, it works, if you want to pull cowbells up and down by hand and not be lazy go for it!!
If you don’t fish for Kokanee through the ice... which I’d guess is true because you don’t get it.... clearly... then there was probably a 0% chance you were going to buy the thing in the first place.... no?
Guess the seller can thank you for the “bumps” to the top of the forum though..
To “get it”, you would have to understand the behavior of Kokanee...what they eat, how they school, how they react to different stimuli, where they are in the water column, etc., etc., etc. Using a jigging machine is one way to attract and hold a school’s interest long enough to present your bait for a take. Anyone who has fished for winter Kokanee knows the value of this device, and the futility of not using one. I don’t consider this “chumming”, and neither does CPW. If they did, I’m certain they wouldn’t allow it. It’s complicated. I guess that’s what makes icing silver Kokes so challenging.
Reply by: Hawaiian Punch Posted: 10/3/2019 6:28:06 AM Points: 6377
Funny thing is we do something very close to that when ice fishing for Perch . . . .I use a 1/2 oz.castmaster or blade bait as a attractant to help keep the school close by . . .the school is always on the move,but this gets you an extra perch or two before the school moves away.
Reply by: shiverfix Posted: 10/3/2019 8:37:03 AM Points: 3702
It's no different then using pop gear when trolling. You are just stationary on the ice, so instead of the pop gear moving through the water behind a boat, it is going up and down under the ice. So I guess if you would consider trolling pop gear artificial chumming..
What I want to know is if there is anywhere a person can by a manufactured koke jigging machine? Every one I have seen or heard of was homemade. Little ice fishing rod jigging machines would not be heavy duty enough to jig cow bells. But I don't recall seeing any automated ice fishing rod jigging machines, either.
I don't know of any store bought ones. I made mine with the rear windshield wiper motor from an old jeep. Mounted it inside a .50 caliber ammo box(the metal kind). A pivot point for the handle of a stiff short rod and a cam on the motor shaft. Had to use a rheostat to slow the motor down as the motor itself is just too fast. A small 12 volt battery fits in the ammo can and makes it an all-in-one unit. I wasn't thinking clearly when I thought I needed a rear wiper motor(back and forth) when any wiper motor would work with a cam on the shaft.
Reply by: Fishneveryweek Posted: 10/9/2019 11:28:49 AM Points: 30
Seems that there are 2 big overlooked opportunities for ice fishing gear companies:
(1) Jigging machines - with the cheap but complex electronics available, they could be made to impart all sorts of erratic or periodic motion to attractor devices large and small and to manipulate a 2nd rod for jigging and even hook setting. Driven by lithium Ion batteries, they could be fairly light weight and run all day on a charge.
(2) Underwater imaging - utilizing the advanced underwater imaging that is available for boat mounted fish finders for ice fishing, providing 360 degree viewing with high resolution for determining bottom structure and fish that is far superior to flashers or Humming Bird Fishing Buddies.
Wonder how many years will it take them to figure this out and build something. Both of these things could be manufactured for a price right in line with what inferior equipment we currently have to deal with, and all of the technology has been available for a number of years.
Reply by: Fishneveryweek Posted: 10/11/2019 11:18:40 AM Points: 30
Yeah, that's what I was talkin' about in terms of better imaging underwater. Nice to see them use it with ice fishing, too. The actual images are still somewhat blurred, but it is a real step forward from the stuff that we have been stuck with. I expect they could increase the resolution even more. Actually, the first ice fishing fish finder that I saw was a boat fish finder jerry rigged for ice fishing that kind of looked like that one, but this is a lot better. Glad to see that they are on the right track. Combine that with lithium ion batteries and increase the resolution and it will be super. Then add a jugging machine and wow!