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Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? #13273014 09/07/19 09:36 AM
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Two friends of mine I fish with have told me they use crankbaits trolling for bass and panfish. Up until yesterday I was skeptical until when on the way back to the dock my partner caught a bass and two crappie trolling a medium dive crankbait at #2 speed on the trolling motor. His rod was held high at 45 degrees so the lure couldn't go too deep and the rod was medium action. The depth averaged 10' or so and the bottom fairly smooth with a few small humps seen on sonar while he trolled down the middle of this narrow lake one mile across three miles long.

The day was in the 60's, cloudy, windy at times (15 mph wind) and the water temperature 71 degrees and dropping due to nighttime temps dropping to 49 degrees. We are going into a fall pattern early that started over a week ago along with a drought that started in June. It's been a very weird year weatherwise!

When that rod bent back I thought he snagged something until he started fighting a fish ! I own hundreds of crankbaits with different lip sizes and never thought to troll for fish - especially panfish ! Other than soft plastic design and testing different ones, I stopped using bass lures such as jigs/trailers, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, spoons, top water lures, etc. though I've done well on all of them at one time or other.

Guess I'll have to concentrate on this this presentation when fishing is tough because my partner insists that he catches fish in the middle of a sunny day trolling crankbaits. He also said that when a fish is caught, he throws out a buoy marker and retrolls the area in the opposite direction after turning the boat around and at times stops the trolling motor casting back to the area in hopes a school is present and active. Man I love fishing schools - one after the other !!!

Too bad his sonar is old and never shows fish - only the bottom and at depths that are inaccurate by a foot or more. I would have loved to have seen the fish the pontoon boat moved over before being caught with a 2 3/4" crankbait! I have a feeling that a gas engine would have spooked those fish and maybe prevented any strikes. Now the question remains : which crankbait to use ???

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Re: Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? [Re: SenkoSam] #13273020 09/07/19 10:26 AM
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I was on Fork about 15 years ago, crappie fishing. I saw a handful of guides trolling crankbaits for bass.

It was "the thing to do" back then, I have no clue if they still do it today

Trolling isn't fishing in my opinion, it ok it you have kids in the boat and they want to catch a fish other than that, I have never trolled for fish in my boat.

Re: Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? [Re: SenkoSam] #13273027 09/07/19 10:49 AM
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Dean Stroman used to smash big bass on Fork every May with a 141 Smokey Joe DD22. He used his outboard at an idle.

Re: Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? [Re: RedRanger] #13273036 09/07/19 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by RedRanger


Trolling isn't fishing in my opinion, it ok it you have kids in the boat and they want to catch a fish other than that, I have never trolled for fish in my boat.



I was always of the same opinion but if it can help find fish in open water when other areas seem fishless, why not?! The first rule of fishing is you gotta find em before you can catch them. It does bring up some questions about open water fish that bite such as:
Is there a pattern going on? ;
Why would 11" crappie go after a crankbaits moving at a medium fast speed?;
Does this method catch most fish species? (my partner insists it has);
Do I have to be very selective of the crankbaits I troll?

He used 10 # test braid, so line diameter less than that should do as well though I wonder if a fluorocarbon leader would improve lure depth and motion.
Keeping an open mind is something hard to do unless being in the right place and time forces it open. Unless I saw it I wouldn't have believed it or tried it.

Re: Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? [Re: SenkoSam] #13273040 09/07/19 11:53 AM
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I’ve done it many times and it definitely works. If I’ve fished all day on a hot day and I’m wore out I’ve decided to troll for fish or if I’ve taken someone out who has never caught a bass and they’re struggling I will troll to help lift there spirits. I guess basically I use it as a resting technique.

Re: Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? [Re: SenkoSam] #13273041 09/07/19 11:53 AM
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Trolling is fishing, and there is absolutely strategy to doing it well. Trolling can be a very effective technique in the right situation, no different than throwing a senko at the bank.

It isn’t allowed in most tournaments. Strolling on the other is. Strolling is where a guy makes a long and then gets on his trolling motor in the opposite direction until most of the line on the reel is out, you then shut off the trolling motor and reel it all back in. Strolling extends the cast, and so does trolling.

I prefer to cast, but there are certainly times when trolling can be effective. It’s another technique.

Re: Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? [Re: SenkoSam] #13273047 09/07/19 12:10 PM
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Well, I think of the simple math related to it:

If you troll a lure and say it draws fish from as far away as 10 feet left and 10 feet right, so a 20' swath of water, and you do this for one mile, 5280 feet, you are exposing your lure to 2.42 acres of water.

You're bound to run your lure near some fish, I'd guess. If only it is in the mood to chase it and eat!

I do pretty well trolling at times when I am covering distance in my kayak. The speed is right and why waste the time not fishing. You just never know!!!

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Re: Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? [Re: SenkoSam] #13273084 09/07/19 01:37 PM
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When I'm fishing with my nephew , when we make a move just using the TM, say from one side of a cove to another, he will troll from back of boat just because who knows. He has caught fish, usually sand bass.


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Re: Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? [Re: SenkoSam] #13273086 09/07/19 01:40 PM
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Fished a Club Tournament on O.H. Ivie last year and my son was begging to go chase white bass. I promised him Sunday we would only chase the whites.

We trolled 5xds, 6xds, and DD22s by the dam and caught more largemouth than whites. Had 1 over 5lbs and 1 other fish over 4 lbs. The 5lber was over 70’ of water. Of course I told him it didn’t count as his new personal best.

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Originally Posted by sprigsss
Fished a Club Tournament on O.H. Ivie last year and my son was begging to go chase white bass. I promised him Sunday we would only chase the whites.

We trolled 5xds, 6xds, and DD22s by the dam and caught more largemouth than whites. Had 1 over 5lbs and 1 other fish over 4 lbs. The 5lber was over 70’ of water. Of course I told him it didn’t count as his new personal best.


Why not count? If you caught a lake or state record crappie while bass fishing would you just throw it back and say it doesn't count? To each his own, but he threw the bait out there, felt the bite, set the hook, reeled it in and got it in the boat. That is fishing.


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Re: Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? [Re: SenkoSam] #13273096 09/07/19 01:50 PM
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I believe Rapala has a “Trolling depth chart” on how deep their lures dive when trolling at certain speeds on their website.

I hear some of the old timers on Falcon troll around the dam and smash bigguns.


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Re: Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? [Re: Cameron] #13273105 09/07/19 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Cameron
Dean Stroman used to smash big bass on Fork every May with a 141 Smokey Joe DD22. He used his outboard at an idle.


I remember that well

Re: Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? [Re: SenkoSam] #13273147 09/07/19 02:51 PM
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I'll troll if I'm covering water looking for whites/stripers. Found big schools on Tawak and they have some big [censored] sand bass there that will pull drag on 15lb test. Generally use a square bill or DD6-8..

Re: Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? [Re: SenkoSam] #13273152 09/07/19 03:06 PM
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When I was a kid my grandpa would troll cranks for us. Caught lots of fish. Biggest was a drum the size of a bathtub. Wish I had a pic of that.

Re: Anyone troll crankbaits for fish ? [Re: SenkoSam] #13273162 09/07/19 03:20 PM
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Many thousands of pounds of big fish have been eaten out of Falcon by people trolling out by the damn.

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