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I bought some slow death hooks, never tried them before. I am not a big fan of bottom bouncers, can I get the same twirling action using a lindy weight and swivel? Thanks

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Yup, you can get the same twirling action, but unless you've got amazing bottom control / sense, you SD hook and crawlwer will be draggin on the bottom, rendering it useless. Maybe a 3-way set-up. Bottom bouncers work best though, IMO.

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I was wondering about a Lindy rig setup too. If I shoot some air into the crawler, I wonder if that would be enough to keep it up and let it spin? Only reason I am wondering is that with the extra "stuff", it seems like there is more of a chance of tangles. I'm kind of thinking I may try it both ways next week.

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Is a spinner generally used for slow death or is just the twirling action of the worm enough?

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Slow death is often used by itself with half of a crawler... There are a few different ways to use the slow death some of which are mentioned about bouncers and 3-ways. Lindy rigs are also very good for the use of slow death. Oftern times when the fish are shallow and you only are using a 1/16 or 1/8 ounce weight. put the rod in the rod holder and drive... It seems like the best twirl speed is around .9 to 1.2 for me any slower or faster and I think it looks goofy but maybe it will still work. Good luck

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SD question? I know about hooking a crawler and breaking of part of it.

Is there any special way for baiting a hook with a leach?

Thanks

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Is a spinner generally used for slow death or is just the twirling action of the worm enough?
I have never used a spinner blade with a SD hook.

I might question that with a spinner blade, you may change the action of the hook.

If I were to use a spinner blade, I would try it along side the boat before and after to see what the change in action might be.

Might be worth a shot to see if that would trip thier trigger as a new type bait.

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I have not tried changing or adding anything to my SD hooks as the way I use it, like HH Guide, they seem to work well enough for me.

Heck just last Sunday I could not get the gills to go and tried about 6 different ways to get them to turn on.

Then I thought, this is about the time of year I will go to the SD rig and I did just that. ZBefore the eyes and gills simply would noyt go and I was marking plenty of fish, after the change, a limit of gills and a few eyes ta boot.

Luck maybe but it worked.

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Is a spinner generally used for slow death or is just the twirling action of the worm enough?

I have used Mack's Smilie Blades with 3 to 4 beads in front of the sd hook with good results

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I was wondering about a Lindy rig setup too. If I shoot some air into the crawler, I wonder if that would be enough to keep it up and let it spin? Only reason I am wondering is that with the extra "stuff", it seems like there is more of a chance of tangles. I'm kind of thinking I may try it both ways next week.

Not really a lot of extra stuff, you simply replace the Lindy weight with a BB. Remember to use a good quality ball bearing swivel with the SD hook.

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We were using the SD hook with a hammered gold willow blade (also had some success with Chartreuse blades) all last week with great success on Andrew. Used a quick change clevis and sometimes one bead. Trolled it the whole week that way with 2 split shot weights. We used a swivel with a quick snap and then another swivel and a leader of floro about 3 - 4 feet long. Trolled around 1mph in the 15 foot depth range and caught a ton of fish including some very fat and healthy gills. Had a few bite offs from northerns as well. It was a lot of fun. Probably my new favorite way to fish.

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