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Trolling boards

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I have had luck recently trolling boards/cranks on Mississippi pool 4. Will be up on ML a few times over the next couple weeks. Do you think this system is worth a try on Mille Lacs for walleyes? Muskies?

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You see people doing this up there this time of the year.

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My experience with boards on Mille are on calm days they catch more fish than without. On windy days the rods not on boards seem to catch more. I usually troll leadcore. I just read an article in infisherman talking about surge effect on leadcore that might partially explain why one works better than the other. I wouldn't even think of running cranks w/o having boards along on Mille.

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I have used boards to fish over shallow water. The boards have caught smallies in 2ft of water pulling shallows cranks.

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