I have been getting set up for Lake trout this year for the first time and I came across automatic jigging equipment and it looks interesting. I am traveling off the beaten path and will be fishing alone on a new lake. I will spend half of the day traveling and getting set up so my time on the lake will be limited until the days start to get longer. I think that the flashers would be a great tool for getting to know new areas but I just canít justify one this year. I am trying to maximize my coverage on the lake with one fisherman. From what I have read, setting conventional tip-ups for LT is probably a waste of time. I thought that if I could set up several jigging set ups be it the bucket type or the tip-up type, I could learn the lake better and faster. I found a bucket jig at SW for $50 and that seems nice to me cause you can use a regular fishing pole which is the one thing I do not like about tip-ups. Much more fun to fight the fish on a rod than just a line but that's just me. Then I came across a tip-up with an automatic jig and that is interesting too. I should also say that actually hooking the fish is not my primary interest in this case. If I can just learn the fish patterns, then I will move to where the action seems to be best. The ones I looked at may not be very convincing cause they repeat the same jigging motion rather than a sporadic motion which I have found to be more affective. I would think any movement would be better than nothing. I could get several of the Jig-up tip-up type auto jigs for the same cost as one of the SW bucket jigs (the jigging unit is attached to a bucket or some other object). I think I would be leaning towards buying several of the tip-up style jigs so I could get better coverage on the lake for less cost. The reviews are bad on these things as far as longevity but after the motor dies it is just a normal tip-up. The Finicky's fish factory seems to be the best but for the cost of 2 I would just get the flasher for a little more.
I expect that batteries will be a pain but hopefully I can learn what I need to know before they go dead.
If you have an opinion about these type of auto jigs, please share your thoughts. Like them? What kind and why?