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Trolling crankbaits for fish #13278014 09/12/19 12:56 AM
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Recently I friend told me of his success trolling small crankbaits for bass and panfish. Finally I went with him and we trolled medium dive crankbaits no bigger than 2 1/4".
I used a 6' light action Duck Commander rod ($19), a 100A Daiwa spincast reel with Kastking 8#/ 2# diam braid. I ran the Minn Kota at speed #2 (a fast walk) and the rod lay in the boat 45 degrees toward the stern. Man did we catch nice crappie and perch, though the bass small in the hour and a half we fished before going home.

During the day we beat the banks and the humps, but only sunfish were caught along with 3" bass and a few 9" crappie.But the quality fish were in the middle of the elongated lake probably near the old creek channel before the lake was dammed which averaged 8'. A Rapala Risto Rap caught all of my fish; my partner used small Big O's. Now I'm excited to try trolling some other waters if we can't find fish casting to target areas.

Re: Trolling crankbaits for fish [Re: SenkoSam] #13278118 09/12/19 02:46 AM
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I usually troll kayaking out to and back from where I want to fish.
Almost always get a couple of bonus fish that way.
Caught my pb catfish, 14lb, on a jointed xrap that way.

Re: Trolling crankbaits for fish [Re: SenkoSam] #13278203 09/12/19 07:17 AM
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I haven't caught a crappie trolling yet, but I troll on any body of water I'm not familiar with, its a great way of finding active fish.

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Re: Trolling crankbaits for fish [Re: SenkoSam] #13278484 09/12/19 02:32 PM
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I use to be able to catch crappie trolling fairly consistently on a rattle trap running my boat at idle in April. I would fish the ledges of a river channel and figured post spawn crappie were moving back to main lake and chasing shad. They get pretty aggressive post spawn.

Re: Trolling crankbaits for fish [Re: SenkoSam] #13278837 09/12/19 06:49 PM
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In other states, we have trolled cranks behind planer boards with pretty good to great success. For some reason, we can not get Texas crappie to hit them using the same techniques we use out of the state. Gonna keep tweaking things a little here and there to try and find a way to get crappie to bite trolled crank baits.


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Re: Trolling crankbaits for fish [Re: SenkoSam] #13279341 09/13/19 03:09 AM
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crappie love splatter back bandits trolled at 1.8 mph , firetiger bandits in the fall

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