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3 way rig??

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Never tried it but want to set some up before I get out into the boat for fishing on P4. Could anyone be so kind as to give me some details on the setup??? Was at a seminar where they talked about it and I wrote it down but lost it somewhere....

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You adjust the length of the dropper to the weight, and the length of the dropper to bait, to adjust for how close to the bottom you want to fish, how fast you're going, and how strong the current is running. I think a good starting point for P4 is an 18" dropper to the weight and 42" to the bait. Be prepared to pull 4 and 5 ounce weights depending on the current. Brightly colored stick baits are popular choices.

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I have weights going from 1oz to 6oz, just for 3 way rigging. Also some straight wire weight rigs, just like bouncers but I use a quik change system, for the weight.

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I 3-way a lot down on P4. I/we generally use 10# mono to the 3 way swivel, an 8# dropper to the weight and 6# or 8# mono leads to the hook or snap. I personally use a 6# lead from the 3-way to the hook if I'm using a floater and 8# or 10# to the snap if I'm going to pull cranks. Unless I'm fishing in early spring with strong currents, or in the main channel areas (with strong currents), I almost always use 1.5 and 2 oz weights. I also try and keep my lines at not more than a 45 degree angle off the rods - even in 4 to 6 feet of water - but there is no rule to running this way. Sometimes you have to go out longer. I will also go to 3 and 4 oz with the stronger currents and deeper channels, but usually stay with 2 oz or lighter most of the late spring and summer. ALWAYS remember to loosen your drag when using 3-ways too! Another tip,.... use swivels that are straight from line to lead. Throw all others away. .....Good luck.

For clarification - a straight swivel is a 3 way that has one side that is particularly straight from one tie to another. The dropper can be anywhere below. Try and sort through the swivels to find the straightest you can, then tie one end to the line from the rod and one to the lead to the hook. The weight is on the third eye. The straighter the better. This will help the lure run truer and not spin-up, especially if you are pulling live bait.

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