Poll: Bells? Yes or No

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by patrickgd, Apr 8, 2009.

Bells? Yes or No

  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. patrickgd

    patrickgd New Member

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    Just curious, do you attach a bell to your rod tip? If not tell us why.
     
  2. jagdoctor1

    jagdoctor1 New Member

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    There are times to do it and times to not. I am about to buy some for this upcoming week when I will be doing alot of fishing. I generally hate them. However I plan on camping out and getting sleep while fishing so they will be needed.

    Upsides, you can catch a few zzz's withought sitting up to look at ur rods.

    Downsides, they jinggle when a tule hits your line and wake you up.
    They jingle when seeweed hits your line and wake you up.
    they jinkle when a bat fly's by and hits your line and wake you up.
    They make a ton of noise when reeling in and I am always thinking about taking that damn bell off instead of focusing on my fish.
    They fly off when you set the hook and hit u in the nose then fall in the water.

    So yeah their great lol.
     

  3. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Since I started watching my poles and not listening for them I have caught more and bigger fish. If you are relying on a bell, then your not paying attention. :wink:
     
  4. catoon

    catoon Board Clown!

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    yes i do when im bank fishing so i can walk around sleep ect .i love them bells ringing
     
  5. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    There are few,very few times when I do use them,I hardly ever do,I got tired of having to remove them to cast,No problems setting the hook bu I threw a ton away casting after bringing a cat in or checking the bait.
     
  6. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    When I banked fished I used bells. (Threw a lot in the lake also) Never used them from the boat.
     
  7. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    When a nice fish hits, the telltale "thump" of the rod alerts me immediately. No need for a bell.
    Bill in SC
     
  8. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    I do not use bells. I have in the past and would forget about them
    when casting a fling them half way across the river. LOL
     
  9. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    I don't use them anymore,, Never cared for the way they fit on the rods,, and I seemed to always lose them anyway,,
    I rely on reels with good, loud clickers now,, seems to be working for me,,
     
  10. thunt713

    thunt713 New Member

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    The rod popping in your rod holder is all you need to hear:eek:oooh:
     
  11. Txbluecatman

    Txbluecatman Member

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    Texas
    I use them when I am bank fishing to catch some quick z's. I have lost my share of bell though while setting hooks as well.
     
  12. patrickgd

    patrickgd New Member

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    I consider myself to be a pretty obsessive rod watcher BUT I'll be damned if the fish don't always hit when I've got some kind of distraction going on. The bells have given me a fair share of false alarms but have also alerted me to bites that otherwise would have been unnoticed. I too hate the way they jingle when your reeling in, and fly off when you set the hook, and they are a pain to take on and off with a 12 ft pole but I figure I need every advantage I can get get so I use them.
     
  13. FLATHEAD STEVE

    FLATHEAD STEVE New Member

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    If you plan on fishing at a givin spot for 5+ hours it is hard to keep your eyes on multiple rods the whole time! restroom or "tree" breaks, rebaiting other rods, changing setups ect. the bell comes in handy.

    I only use bells on my channel cat rigs which consist of spinning reels, on my flathead rigs I use baitcasters and set the clicker. If I have a bite when a bell is on I try to take it off before the fish runs, this helps prevent the losing of bells and the annoying sound they make when reeling in a fish.
     
  14. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    i listen for my clicker to run, i also use little LED lights on my tips, but a clicker is the way ta go
     
  15. FLATHEAD STEVE

    FLATHEAD STEVE New Member

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    Ya for baitcasters, all the spinning reels out there with freespool/baitrunners can't be heard more than 8 feet away, they just don't make em loud enough.
     
  16. griz

    griz Well-Known Member

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    I prefer to use glow sticks hung either on the rod, with live bait, or on my line inbetween two of the guides when using cut bait. The size live bait i use will keep them bells ringing all the time :smile2:.
    Using a glow stick hung on your line will get your attention even if the fish picks the bait up and come toward you.
     
  17. catfishcatcher

    catfishcatcher New Member

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    No bells for me. I dont use anything but baitcasters with baitclickers on them. I dont like the spinning tackle for catfishing, never had but I did try them. Baitcasters with a good bait clicker is the only way to go. Pair them up with a good rod holder and you can doze off if that is your plan. When I go fishing im there to fish not to sleep. If I get sleepy I usually go home. Otherwise I put in a rod holder and dont worry about it.
     
  18. moose22dog

    moose22dog New Member

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    YINZERBURGH,PA
    once and a blue moon i will put one on, but now i have baitcaster's so i plan on just hearing the clicker's. i also have glow in the dark tape on the end of rods and i use circle hooks, so i really don't have to "set" the hook. oh ya i mostly bank fish....justin:cool2:
     
  19. hct236

    hct236 Well-Known Member

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    virginia

    Exactly the way I like to do it! And a good loud clicker.
     
  20. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Ohio
    It's not that hard here in Ohio Steve. We only get two poles. I generally fish on a bank spot for ten to twelve hours. the same for a boat but the spot changes from time to time. I suffer from a sleeping problem and staying awake is no problem for me! lol. The biggest cats that I have caught had one thing in common, they hardly moved the rod tip at all. I picked up my rig and felt them turn then set the hook. After learning this behavior I could only wonder how many big cats I had missed over the past thirty five years waiting for a clicker or bell to ring. :crazy: