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Fathead

Crankbaits on Flats

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Fathead

Hello Y'all,

I sure would like to know a bit more about how some of you run crankbaits on the mud. What type and size of baits do you use? If you are staying primarily on top of the mud, the edges, or the basin edge? Often, when I am running spinners or Lindy's, I will move from the top to the basin and make my adjustments for depth accordingly. However, when you run crankbaits moving in this same way, is it possible to adjust for depth that easily? Or do you try to run in a fairly constant pattern & depth? I own and have used the Precision Trolling handbook successfully while contour trolling. But when I am working structure that varies in depth, I am not always sure that my crank is running in the zone it should be.

Sure would like your feedback on these questions. Crankbaits are one element of my arsenal that definetely needs more practice.

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Its not to critical to stay at an exact depth. As long as your within the contact zone(5 feet from bottom). If you have a GPS try plotting a trail before you wet a line. Choose a spot that has transiton, bait or fish. Record the trolling run on your GPS. Next match the crank,line and boat speed to the depth you have chosen on your plot. Follow your plot as you pull the cranks. Mark any fish you catch or see with an icon and concentrate on those icons...

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Scott

D-Man, what sizes and colors have you had the most luck with? Do you ever use floating Raps with a 3 way, and if so how long of a leader do you use? As always thanks for the help!

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Jim W

Try lead lining. You have different colors for different depths on your spool, keeping you on top of how much line for varying depths etc. It's easy to reel in or let more line out accordingly!! Works great!! try it out!! Keep the rods bendin'!! Jim W

[This message has been edited by Jim W (edited 07-25-2001).]

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Guest

I like to use a bottom bouncer with the perch or rainbow pattern. Ive done well this year on the taildancer also. My leader my vary depending on speed and cloud cover, but generally i like a 4 footer. # 7,9,11's work well.

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BotM-BouncR

Ok I got one for you guys. Lets say that I,m lead lining. I,ve got a ten foot 12# mono leader tied to the swivel. Before the swivel is about 90'of 17# lead core. All together I have about 100' of line out. I,m running a SHALLOW shad rap at about 2mph. Would any of you suppose that I"m close enough to the bottom in 20-25ft.

(Sounds like a Physics question huh?)
I,m new to lead lining.

Thanks
BotM-BouncR

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Rick

Get your copy of Precision Trolling-The Trollers Bible. It has all the physics ironed out.

You can see it at http://fishingmn.com/precision_trolling.html

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JK

How big is bottom bouncer? 2-3 oz.?

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