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FAQs & Tips

  1. Can I add more hooks?  Check local laws and if there are no restrictions, it is easy to make more droppers and add hooks.  As many as the depth of the water you are fishing will allow.

  2. They keep being hung up, is there a way to fix that?  Yes.  If you are fishing where there is a lot of wood cover, go with one hook.  What happens is a fish will bite and run with it and the extra hook gets caught on a limb or log.  Another way to do it, if you do not want to remove a hook, is to use a heavier weight (6 to 12 oz) to keep the fish from pulling the Tipster very far from where it is set.  A brick works well and is cheap.

  3. What pound test is the line?  40 lb

  4. How do I use the T cap?  When you let the line out to the bottom, hold the Tipster about a foot off the water and put two half hitches around the T cap.  The second half hitch makes a much more secure attachment and keeps line from spooling off on a strike.  

  5. Why is the Tipster at a slight angle in the water?  The Tipster has an internal weight that is located in the middle.  The weight being in the middle makes it much easier to trip.  

  6. Why is being easier to trip important?  One of the great features about the Tipster is that you save a lot of time by not having to check every one of them.  If it is horizontal, it is still fishing.  If the internal weight was towards the float end it makes it harder to trip and little fish will be hooked and not trip the tipster.  Or a fish will steal the bait and not trip it.  With the internal weight and the slight tilt, you will find very few with small fish that haven’t tripped it.

  7. If it is so easy to trip won’t waves make it trip?  That is the beauty of the Tipster.  A magnet holds the internal weight.  The Tipster has to be pulled to a 45-degree angle before the weight separates from the magnet.


  1. A two-ounce sinker is usually ideal. However, using a heavy sinker, 6-12 ounces, reduces how far a fish will move it from where it is set.  

  2. When running the Tipsters, if there is a little wind or current, Set the Tipster, lay it on the water, and pull the line in. The Tipster will separate from the boat taking excess line with it. Re-bait and drop back in water.  This will reduce the amount of tangles you get by bringing all the line back in the boat to reset.

  3. Untying the half hitches is much easier if you grab the line on the flat side of the T.

  4. Tipsters can be used without weight or very light weight to let them drift across an area.

  5. When setting, point the end of the tipster at where the line is entering the water and the line will spool off easily. The more the Tipster is in line with the line direction the better the line will come off.

Defects in materials and workmanship guaranteed for one year from date of purchase.  

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