Fishing tip: Dead-sticking vs. a set line… there’s a difference!
What the difference between dead-sticking and set-lining, and when should you use one or the other? Here’s my formula for success.
A dead-stick employs a soft-tipped rod (a fiberglass rod) in a rod holder with no bobber. You simply watch the tip to determine whether to set the hook. On the terminal end, a minnow provides both the attractor and trigger via its live action. This has prime second-hole applications.
Bottom line, with a dead stick, there’s no bobber system; our strike indicator is the rod tip, which needs to be sensitive!
A bobber system is where we also use live bait, and the strike indicator is the bobber. We can use wax worms, too. When using wax worms, you need to occasionally provide some acton.
Use a small bobber, because it’s ultimately a depth-setting tool. Too large of a bobber provides too much resistance in the water column.
These are either anchoring or pivot systems. We anchor the minnow, and place split shot 5 inches above the hook so it restricts the movement of the minnow. If we place it 12 inches above the hook, that minnow can swim in a bigger circle and becomes a pivot system.
I consider set line applications for a tough bite or a second hole, so there’s not a huge difference in the two.
Don’t forget to use neoprene bobber stops. Many anglers are not aware of them, and they work excellent for slip bobbers. Neoprene slides right through rod guides. They are available at any sporting goods store.
This is a good, underused inside tip!