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    I have been looking at these things for over 10 years now. Has anyone here every tried this peice of gear?
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    "And with a collection of minds and talent, they survived"

  • #2
    Path, we use Yo Yo's all the time! Our Bass Pro stopped selling them so I had to order new ones online. We usually set ours out and then go about setting up our campsite.

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    • #3
      We used them in the Army. I still have 1 or 2 in my BOB.
      "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
      -Ben Franklin

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      • #4
        I've looked at those also but never bought one. They are not much money at all. Guess I'll have to pick one up and try it out. Here's a link where you can get a plastic or galvanized one. Any suggestions or thought's?

        Linky; http://www.bepreparedtosurvive.com/F...0Resources.htm (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)
        Well, for me, the action is the juice.....I'm in.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mags View Post
          I've looked at those also but never bought one. They are not much money at all. Guess I'll have to pick one up and try it out. Here's a link where you can get a plastic or galvanized one. Any suggestions or thought's?

          Linky; http://www.bepreparedtosurvive.com/F...0Resources.htm (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)
          Mags, as far as the plastic ones, we stay away from them as we had an aggressive fish break one once upon a time, HUGE catfish.

          I had posted a link on another thread about the Yo Yo we use, let me find it..

          Ah, here it is..

          http://www.cabelas.com/spodw-1/0003097.shtml

          If you are able to set out and protect a trotline, you may want to explore that possibility as well.

          We tie some of our Yo Yo's on overhang tree branches which are near impossible for others to see, unless they are right up on them.
          Last edited by Lostinoz; 06-20-2009, 03:41 PM.

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          • #6
            i have always liked the idea of the yo-yo but havent been able to find a high quality one that would be worthy of buying. they seem to break very easy. i have even heard of them breaking on the first time of use. i think i can catch a lot more fish with a fly and about 20 min of my time. in fact i think you can get the same results from tying my line to a tree branch or an anchor of some kind.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by denvernative321 View Post
              i have always liked the idea of the yo-yo but havent been able to find a high quality one that would be worthy of buying. they seem to break very easy. i have even heard of them breaking on the first time of use. i think i can catch a lot more fish with a fly and about 20 min of my time. in fact i think you can get the same results from tying my line to a tree branch or an anchor of some kind.
              Denver, we've never had a problem with ours. Some of our original ones we have had for years and they are still good. You have to maintain them just like any fishing gear, though. I like that we can set them out at night and more than likely get up the next morning with a fish on the hook. :) However, like I have said, I prefer running trotlines. Just my personal favorite.

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              • #8
                Thanks for the feed back troops. Ya know they are pretty darn affordable, mobile, and after Oz'ezzz feed back I think I would have better luck catching a fish on two wet
                Yo-Yo's over night, than a rabbit in 5 snares. "It's on my new purchase list..Thanks!"
                "And with a collection of minds and talent, they survived"

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                • #9
                  I know this is an old thread.... But I have a dozen of these (A box of 12 was about $14) and keep a couple in my pack with my compact fishing kit, and a couple just about everywhere else (truck, tackle vest etc). I have caught a few pan fish on them, due to the fact that the line that came with it was only roughly 15 feet long, and mostly have only been able to set them from shore in ponds or lakes.
                  I took a few and made adjustable lanyards out of 550 cord, and added large snap swivel for easier tie up (It attaches right to the housing of the yo-yo). I also left the factory nylon as a "backing" and tied on 20 feet of 30lb test braided line for added length. You can actually "cast" it quite far with the braided line due to it's small diameter.
                  They are extremely light weight, low maintenance, very inexpensive and easy to use.
                  The last time I used one, my girlfriend and I were kayaking across a large lake, and we were forced to the shore and had to drag the kayaks up on land due to, what I guess I could only call a windstorm. (Very gusty winds caused whitecaps on the lake). We felt it would be best to wait it out and explore.
                  I had my pack with me and wanted to set up a yo-yo to see what would happen. I anchored it to a few thick branches on a small shrub growing out of a boulder. I tossed the baited hook out about 20 feet and left it to explore. 10 minutes later I kept hearing this "SMACK" "SMACK" "SMACK" noise coming from the area where the shrub and boulder were. I walked over to check it out and A feisty, and rather large sunfish was hooked and running back and forth and there was enough spring in the shrub that the yo-yo itself was bouncing up and down off the boulder. Come to find out, When I "set the tension" on the yo-yo, the pin became lodged against the housing causing the spring mechanism to freeze and not trigger the "reel".
                  A simple modification (bend lol) and a little care when setting it fixed the problem.
                  They really are fun to use. I bet they could have other uses, maybe for snares etc... Maybe some common household uses too! Time for the gears to start turning!
                  “Efficiency is intelligent laziness.”

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the input on those. I saw some on cheaper than dirt and wanted to pick them up. Where did you get yours from??

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                    • #11
                      Cabelas I believe... It was about a year ago.
                      “Efficiency is intelligent laziness.”

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                      • #12
                        Yal check cheaper than dirt they have 12 of them for 30 dollars.

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