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#11208526 - 11/05/15 09:16 PM Prop wash
srbert Offline
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Do any of you have a problem with crappie shutting down from trolling motor prop wash?
I recently have been hooking up in 20' of waster on a consistent basics. Went out with a buddy today and the wind was stronger, we would catch a couple and then shut down. I'm thinking It was from the prop wash of the trolling motor. We were in 20' of water. What are your thoughts?

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#11208584 - 11/05/15 09:35 PM Re: Prop wash [Re: srbert]
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I've done my best in about 6-8ft of water while running my trolling motor. I don't think it bothers them that much.

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#11208605 - 11/05/15 09:43 PM Re: Prop wash [Re: srbert]
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If the fish were holding 15+ ft down, I doubt prop wash was the issue. With more wind and more prop speed needed, prop noise could definitely be a problem. Or just motor noise from higher speed. With the prop in a clear position, turn the motor on while your standing by the motor and listen to the hum as the speed increases. Some motors are quiet and some aren't. Rough prop blade edges will also increase noise.
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#11208674 - 11/05/15 10:16 PM Re: Prop wash [Re: srbert]
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I have never had a problem with prop wash to speak of, especially in 20 FOW.
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#11208952 - 11/06/15 08:10 AM Re: Prop wash [Re: srbert]
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Prop wash not bothering them at all.
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#11209076 - 11/06/15 09:07 AM Re: Prop wash [Re: srbert]
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Alright!! Thanks for the replies. I'm going to assume it was either vibration or noise due to the increased trolling motor speed.

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#11210131 - 11/06/15 08:37 PM Re: Prop wash [Re: srbert]
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I don't think it's the noise at all. Crappie and bass are curious and often approach a noise to investigate the source.

Some days the fish are not biting but a couple in almost any school will hit at first sight of a jig suddenly showing up. After these few aggressive ones are caught the rest will not bite simply because they aren't in the mood. On those days move quickly from spot to spot picking off one or two and moving on.
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#11210140 - 11/06/15 08:43 PM Re: Prop wash [Re: srbert]
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Today our fish were biting pretty steady for some time and then they simply shut down. Crappie were still there. They just stopped biting.
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#11210350 - 11/07/15 02:28 AM Re: Prop wash [Re: koobycrappie]
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I agree! Me and Kevin have been over the same spot several times spider rigging over the same spot and fish would bite!
Originally Posted By: koobycrappie
I have never had a problem with prop wash to speak of, especially in 20 FOW.
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