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#10125579 - 07/10/14 10:32 AM Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing?
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I have acquired an item from a buddy of mine that has taken me awhile to figure it out, but I spoke to the manufacturer in the UK, they send me a PDF instruction manual, and I now know what it is, and how it works.

I have a Fox Sky Pod 3 Rod Holder tripod type deal, that adjusts to all sorts of different shapes and sizes to clear brush, etc. I believe this is used strictly for spinning reels, as it has three bait alarms on it.

Does anyone know its worth for starters? Is it useful for US carp fisherman? I just assumed one would use a baitcasting reel for carp if they needed a bait alarm, but maybe those have too much tension for a bait pickup?

Just curious if I should use it, or if it is not useful for the type of fishing I do, how do I get rid of it (beings it doesn't seem like a popular item in the US)?

Thank ya!
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#10125977 - 07/10/14 12:43 PM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: JCSHEPHE]
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Use it!!! Works for carp or catfish. Bite alarms are really nice to have. You can use bait casting reels with clickers. Just set the clicker and the spool release so that the fish can run with the bait..
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#10127291 - 07/10/14 08:35 PM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: JCSHEPHE]
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I'll give you $100 for it alarms and all if you decide not to keep it.
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#10127799 - 07/11/14 12:03 AM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: JCSHEPHE]
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I'm also interested in it if you decide to sell it. Thx.
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#10129091 - 07/11/14 01:39 PM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: JCSHEPHE]
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I've been using a Sky Pod for three years now with no complaints, other than that it's considerably heavier than most other pods. But that means it's very stable too. smile
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#10129140 - 07/11/14 01:57 PM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: JCSHEPHE]
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Skypods are nice been around for years at one time they sold for 399.99 USD depends on what alarms you got with it but they can range from $25 each up to $200 each


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#10129573 - 07/11/14 04:10 PM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: JCSHEPHE]
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I'll buy all the ones you can find for 25.00 each. wink
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#10133106 - 07/13/14 12:32 PM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: JCSHEPHE]
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I have played around with it and it is quite cool. Different pitch noises and volumes etc. I am going to use it unless someone wants it for $300. Do I need to use sliding weights with a hair rig? Wouldn't a fixed weight defeat the purpose, as a carp would feel the weight upon bait pickup? At the same time someone once told me when carp fishing you need to keep the bait as still as possible so would a sliding weight nix that? New to carp for the most part. Thanks in advance!
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#10133147 - 07/13/14 01:00 PM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: JCSHEPHE]
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I use a fixed weight and a hair rig. The carp will eat the bait and then move on. When it feels the hook and weight it panics and basically sets the hook on itself.
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#10133606 - 07/13/14 04:53 PM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: JCSHEPHE]
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I don't know if there's ever been a study done between a fixed weight and a sliding weight (I tend to think there probably has been) but both work. In my opinion, the fixed weight sets the hook better than a sliding rig. Once the fish sucks in your hook bait, the hook will catch hold and when he moves the weight it will just drive the hook home further like curt said.
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#10133632 - 07/13/14 05:05 PM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: Nick220722]
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Originally Posted By: Curt0407
I use a fixed weight and a hair rig. The carp will eat the bait and then move on. When it feels the hook and weight it panics and basically sets the hook on itself.
Originally Posted By: Nick220722
I don't know if there's ever been a study done between a fixed weight and a sliding weight (I tend to think there probably has been) but both work. In my opinion, the fixed weight sets the hook better than a sliding rig. Once the fish sucks in your hook bait, the hook will catch hold and when he moves the weight it will just drive the hook home further like curt said.

I just assumed people that use these pods were using spinning reels with the bail open (or an extremely light drag), letting the fish run, an then engaging the drag/setting the hook. If the weight and/or the rod tip sets the hook, then these pods with bait alarms don't seem super useful (over any standard bank rod holder) unless you are trying to clear brush or wanted to hear an alarm from very far away. Once again however, I am new to this..............
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#10133647 - 07/13/14 05:17 PM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: JCSHEPHE]
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Allows you to walk around and fish, sleep, etc, and get a notification of a run without having to monitor your rods all the time. I also have a remote that I carry with me that echoes what the indicators are doing. Very useful when you want to crash in a tent, car, etc, and your rods are down by the water. wink
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#10133699 - 07/13/14 05:42 PM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: JCSHEPHE]
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I do not think leaving the bail open is a good idea at all.. Light drag or a bait runner reel seems to be the way to go. I have bait runner reels.
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#10133911 - 07/13/14 07:15 PM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: JCSHEPHE]
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Originally Posted By: JCSHEPHE
Originally Posted By: Curt0407
I use a fixed weight and a hair rig. The carp will eat the bait and then move on. When it feels the hook and weight it panics and basically sets the hook on itself.
Originally Posted By: Nick220722
I don't know if there's ever been a study done between a fixed weight and a sliding weight (I tend to think there probably has been) but both work. In my opinion, the fixed weight sets the hook better than a sliding rig. Once the fish sucks in your hook bait, the hook will catch hold and when he moves the weight it will just drive the hook home further like curt said.

I just assumed people that use these pods were using spinning reels with the bail open (or an extremely light drag), letting the fish run, an then engaging the drag/setting the hook. If the weight and/or the rod tip sets the hook, then these pods with bait alarms don't seem super useful (over any standard bank rod holder) unless you are trying to clear brush or wanted to hear an alarm from very far away. Once again however, I am new to this..............


You will still fish with a very light drag. Basically, then the fish runs, the fixed lead (2oz-4oz) will set the hook. Then while the fish is running, pick your rod up, and give it a light set to drive the hook home (not too hard or you will pull the hook out. Pods and alarms are an awesome tool and you will catch way more fish. And they are useful for carp, catfish, gar, and a myriad of salt water fish. Anything you can catch with a still bait instead of a moving lure is great to fish for using a pod.
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#10134444 - 07/13/14 10:58 PM Re: Fox Sky Pod for Carp Fishing? [Re: JCSHEPHE]
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A pod and alarms are tools that are not necessary, but they certainly free you up to do other things while you're fishing. They help you with bite indication that you would otherwise not have, especially if the fish runs to you (and your line slacks up) you would not know it unless you were sitting right over your rods watching them constantly. With a pod, a good set of indicators, and alarms, you have the answer. Remember sleeping through the night and having a run but not hearing it? Not any more with a pod and alarms. Also, a pod can be a vital tool for fishing near snags with a tight clutch that keeps the fish from running into a snag but also keeps your rod/reel secure. You need to practice this before you try fishing with a tight clutch or risk losing a rod/reel or potentially your whole pod.
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