Ice Spoon Setup (Rod/Reel/Line) - Joe Ponessa

Tue, February 1, 2022

When fishing a spoon through the ice, a key factor Joe Ponessa uses in selecting the right setup is first to determine the targeted species. If targeting walleye, a medium action rod in the 25 to 30-inch range is a great way to ensure you have the backbone and power to set into and fight the fish once hooked. For crappie and other panfish species, Joe likes a shorter rod in the 23 to 25-inch range with a medium-light or light-action rod. Line selection also depends on your targeted species, where a 4 to 6-pound Sufix Braided Ice Line connected via a barrel swivel a 4 to 6-pound Sufix Ice Fluorocarbon leader is great for walleye and for panfish, either a straight 2 to 4-pound test fluorocarbon or braid, connected to a 2 to 4-pound fluorocarbon leader gets the job done. With any setup using a spoon through the ice, it is critical to use a quality barrel swivel to reduce line twist, give you the best possible action underwater with your spoon.

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