My post is not to necessarily argue with Doug making this comment but rather point out some misconceptions that many people (such as Doug) may have and give some reasoning and benefits of using the JawJacker.
Misconception #1 "Electronics"
Well the JawJacker, along with all of the other devices of this kind, are not electronic at all. It is unfortunate that those who are "against" using these devices are under the misconception that the devices are electronic and some how give the fisherman an some unfair advantage by being electronic. The truth is that the JawJacker is a device that is powered solely by the ice fishing rod that you put in it.
Misconception #2 "Spring Loaded"
Even though there may be a spring on the trigger adjustment of the JawJacker to adjust the tension of the trigger mechanism, the spring does absolutely nothing other than adjust how sensitive the device is set. There is no spring loading in the way the device sets the hook or in the way the device is held in the ready position. The JawJacker relies primarily on the tension of the rod itself to set the hook which can be adjusted to match the fish you are attempting to catch. The angle of the rod in the rod holder as well as the length of the trigger arm will fluctuate the momentum of the rod from an extremely light hook set to a harder hook set for bigger fish. To demonstrate how these devices work please watch the video provided by Matt from JawJacker!
Misconception #3 "Fishing not Catching"
One thing I am a huge believer in is that this device does EXACTLY what it says it will do! I have never used a product in fishing that is more spot on with what it promises to its consumer! The JawJacker website state, "The JawJacker is a new ice fishing device that is designed to help ice fishermen catch more fish. When a fish bites, the trigger releases the bent fishing rod so it can snap up and set the hook. The trigger is very sensitive and can detect light bites." There is also a slogan that JawJacker stands by which says that this device "Makes good ice-fisherman better" which is exactly what this product does. It is important to point out that this device is not 100% guaranteed that you will catch a fish. There are times that this device is set off while missing the fish, why it's still called fishing not catching! There are lots of tips to up your hook-up percentage with the JawJacker but even with these tips nothing is 100%. So this device does not make ice fishing into fish-catching. It is also obvious that you need to be where the fish are to catch fish as well as use the bait the fish are biting on. The misconception that the Jawjacker will take the sport out of it is simply just not true.
Check out how much fun this kid has catching fish on the JawJacker!
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