Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Dahitman44

Attn: "Rappers"

11 posts in this topic

No,I am not looking for Ice Cube I am wondering about people that pull cranks.

I am getting into pulling cranks as a new challenge and I don;t know where to start. I purchase a new pole with a line counter and some rod holders.

All information will be appreciated.

Like --

When and where to pull cranks. What time, what kind what speed.

do you really put out 140 feet of line?

Do they work? Are they better than live bait?

What else?

Everyone please chime in.

Thanks

Hitman

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This sounds like a post for the walleye forum, we've got lots of trolling discussions there.

One tip, if you're getting set-up with equipment and are serious about trolling, you should get the Precision Trolling book ---- it's got a lot of good info about trolling, and more importantly it has dive curves for all the crankbaits ---- lets you know how much line you need out to hit a specific depth with the various cranks, etc.

Speeds are kind of dependent on the time of year (water temp) and the type of bait you're trolling, but 2.5 mph is a good starting point at this time of year. 2.2 to 2.7 is a good range. Sometimes up to 3.5 depending on conditions.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Agreed, the Walleye forum has tons of info on this.

This time of year I will troll to locate the active fish and what structure they're relating to. I'm on a multi-species lake, so this will help put me on bass (small and large), wallys, and pike. Usually these spots are fairly predictable, like inside turns, humps, points, etc., but the trolling helps know where to pin-point my tactics.

Once I have the spot, I'll fan cast cranks, or slow it down and use a jig or slowly pull a Lindy rig.

I like Shad Raps, Fat Raps, and Minnow Raps as my search baits, them move to cranks I know will run at a specific depth like the Rapala DT Series cranks. I use fluoro and mono both, and am not as concerned about the lentgh of line out as I am come Fall when trolling cranks for walleyes.

Come Fall and walleyes I feel the precision of line, lure color, EXACT depth running, is more critical. This time of year I troll cranks to locate more.

Hope that helps....as I believe you're in a multi-species area too up in the DL area.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pick up the precision trolling book. I just got mine tonight and it will answer all of your questions in much more detail than can be done here. Well worth the thirty bucks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just got my book as well. Mine ran me $49 but has some good information.

Thanks to all.

Any other thoughts?

What about rod holders?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the Scotty holders, and I know PerchJerker has them mounted on the rails of his ride. His are nice since they can be moved on the rails.

If you have to do a permanent surface mount to the gunnel as I did, make sure to plan out where you put them so they don't interfere with any other fishing or pleasure boat uses.

Keep in mind I muskie fish/troll too, but I did put a small wood block underneath where I mounted them to lag into those for more strength.

Read thru the walleye boards and you'll be amazed at how much detail goes into their trolling. Last year on Mille Lacs PerchJerker outfished us all, despite most of us doing the same thing, it was his specifics and skill that made the difference. Just a different wobble to a stick bait can make a diffence over another that's very similar. Thunderstick vs a Rogue vs a Husky J for example.

Line is a whole nother factor: fluoro, mono, Fireline, braid all have their uses depending on the situation.

I'm off to try some trolling this weekend, out the door!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was with Perch on that run on Mille Lacs and he really does know his stuff. We did really well that night, not only on numbers but size as well. As far as rod holders go, you can't go wrong with the Scotty's rod holders. I have one and have an extra mount in my buddy's boat. With all of the ones locally available, the Scottys are by far the best, and really not much more expensive than the other brands either.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use the Scotty's holders as well and they stand up well even to hits from Lake Michigan kings and bows. I put a reinforcement plate under mine as well, better to be safe then sorry. Trolling has so many different applications with many diffeent setups. Check out some of the walleye insider mags for trolling tips as well as the critical concepts books from infisherman. They show rigging and discuss the pros and cons. Probably one of the best ways to get a good handle on trolling is to go out with someone like PJ who is very good at it and learn from them first hand. I think it is one of the best ways to contact fish when on new water and to trigger fish in the heat of the summer. Fall trolling is very productive and you'll catch some of your biggest fish of the year. Good luck out there and tightlines!

Tunrevir~

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I typically resort to pulling cranks when live bait rigging is slow or when I am on a new body of water. I have had a lot of luck pulling them over weeds. I pull them a lot slower than most people (1.2-1.5 mph).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Another good tip is if there are alot of floaties, instead of them running down the line and catching your bait get those rod holder extenders and tip your rod down so the tip is under the surface. That way the floaties will hang up on the pole and not your lure. Welcome to cranking..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Check out the 2017 Obsession Hurcan 366fps and 3.9 lbs!
    •   When someone gets to the personal aspect, whether it's me or someone else, I will challenge them and if they can justify what they have said about an individual --OK -- otherwise show me why, and if it is just their opinion say so. I'll accept that if it's their opinion.   There is nothing generic about an insult, an insult is an insult. What do you consider as a douchebag?
    • Not sure why people get so worked up about being called dummies, poopyheads and sons of bees.  Whatever, its generic insults and this is the internet.   But yeah, there's a line somewhere in the there that separates the real douchebags* from the rest of us.  You know it when you see it.   *Sorry if any douchebags felt personally attacked by being called douchebags.
    • I was addressing it to JigSawJimmy Peatmoss  response : That's an opinion, not anything more , so I let it go.
    • Created/Saved all these jobs, cut gajillions off AF1 costs, etc.  Ok, so how did the that work?  Usually these sort of dealings aren't totally one sided.  At least the carrier deal had a bunch of Pence fingerprints on tax incentives Trump took credit for.   I have doubts that King Cheeto just shows up and blows a bunch of smoke up assses and corporate executives are just like, "Yay!"   Is Trump's Twitter bully pulpit that powerful?  He randomly yells at Boeing and they just fold over for him?  I thought we realized Trump on Twitter is only for the LOLs.
    • Well hope the Trump supporters are having fun, seems those days are numbered. Turns out you can't just yell fake news at real news and make it go away. The Feds are closing in, and at best it seems Trump thinks throwing Manafort to the wolves might get them off his tail. Anywho, lots of news today.   The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign   McCain: Congress doesn't have 'credibility' to handle Russia probes    Because this happened - House Intelligence chair discloses classified intel in clumsy effort to validate Trump   Also this earlier in the day -  Former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government."     And in completely unrelated news - remember those Carrier jobs you bragged about Trump saving? Yeah, those jobs are gone. Carrier pocketed the tax breaks then screwed the workers anyway. Great negotiation there. http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/job-cuts-endure-at-indiana-factories-despite-trump-pressure-416511193.html
    •   Who are you addressing this to? I did not make the statement only re-posted it. I also don't find PEATMOSS's comment very humorous as well.   PEATMOSS said: This is still, by far, the funniest thing I have ever read on these threads in a decade.
    •   Anything you post on here from now on has no merit or credibility as far as I'm  concerned.  I wasn't even going to respond to this, but feel what you posted needed to be. If you wish to call my mother a dam, you will, the same as you called another persons mother that. I don't give a rats butt what your political views are, however when you start getting into personal attacks you had better look in a mirror. You don't probably don't know anyone on here personally, yet you attack someone on a personal bases, call there mother a dam and ridicule them because they had a lower portion of a leg amputated due to something they can control, but had no control whether they have the illness and sometime that illness makes you pay a price. BD2 has that illness he can control to a certain extent where he can lead a normal life, however there will be complications and from what I know of him he will accept that. I don't know DB2 personally, I've never met him, I've debated against some thing on this where he and I have had different views, I respect his opinions even though I disagree on many, BUT I SURE AS H--- DON"T ATTACK HIS ANCESTORY OR  ANY TYPE OF DISABILLITY
    • Yea yea all ya auld pharts would  pass out the minute she popped the first button!!
    • Would he get a free hoodie for his efforts?
  • Our Sponsors