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trolling crankbaits to catch fish
« on: September 07, 2019, 07:44:37 AM »

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 us???
« Last Edit: September 12, 2019, 11:11:13 AM by Curt - RI »

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Re: trolling crankbaits to catch fish
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2019, 12:13:52 PM »
My eyesight is not what it was but it was never that good to read that  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: trolling crankbaits to catch fish
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2019, 11:12:41 AM »
My eyesight is not what it was but it was never that good to read that  ;D ;D ;D

 (giggle)

I just edited it to make it legible. For some reason, when @senkosam posts, a lot of his text comes out like that, so small it can't be read. I think he might be copying and pasting it into the forums, which causes the text to carry some kind of oddball formatting over with it, making it micro-sized.  :o

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Re: trolling crankbaits to catch fish
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2019, 12:43:22 PM »
Noted. I'll be sure font size is larger when copy/paste.

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Re: trolling crankbaits to catch fish
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2019, 09:57:12 AM »
Noted. I'll be sure font size is larger when copy/paste.

@senkosam For some reason it only seems to affect some of your text, not all of it.