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Derek Edge
03-11-2009, 04:05 PM
I am just looking for some more ideas on shallow trolling. Do you guys spider-rig off the front of your boats, with the jigs down shallow or are you long-lining out the back with corks? Is there something that you do different that you have found sucess with?

thankfull
03-11-2009, 04:43 PM
I have a lot of success in water 3-6' deep putting a 16' rod out the side and running a 1/32 oz. jig on 12" - 36" of line. If I am trolling out the back I just adjust the weight of jig and lenth of line to run the depth that I want.

Billy2
03-11-2009, 05:24 PM
A lot of people will tite-line off the front of the boat
with long rods (14-16) ft. In doing this you are trying
to catch the fish before the trolling motor and boat
noise spook them. We are talking 6ft. of water or less.

skiptomylu
03-11-2009, 05:50 PM
If in say 4' or more I just troll 1/32 oz about as far out as I can cast and 6' is probably my most used depth this time of year. Late spring I will move out to 11'-14' (when they are moving out of the shallow water and before the summer pattern has started) and troll the same bait and sometimes use a 1/16 in place of the 1/32, but still catch a lot on a 1/32 oz Roadrunner.

Caught 20 this morning in 1 1/2 hours in 6' -9' of water.

Skip

Jeepster04
03-11-2009, 06:10 PM
I have found that longlining with corks is deadly on shallow water crappie. Saw the new planer corks that are out there and wondered how they would do for this purpose. I currently will fish 14' rods off the front spider rigging and have no problems finding fish, even with a c/c rig. Gotta be quiet though and have a well greased tm or digital steering.

sea-sons
03-11-2009, 07:12 PM
In shallow water, I'll longline troll out the back of the boat with 1/32 and 1/64 oz jigs with triple tail bodies. Works for me. Infact I got about 75 nice slabs (10" -15") we caught the last two days fishing that way to clean tomorow.

blairarnold
03-11-2009, 08:46 PM
How can you throw a 1/64 oz. jig far enough behind you to troll it?

CrappiePappy
03-12-2009, 07:40 AM
How can you throw a 1/64 oz. jig far enough behind you to troll it?

... just cast it out, then let out more line (if you need to). :p

You don't have to even be able to cast a jig, of any weight, in order to be able to troll with it. You can always hand strip line off the reel, until you get the bait as far behind the boat as you want. ;)

... cp :cool:

PapermouthLegend
03-12-2009, 07:57 AM
I troll 1/64 oz. jigs. I have just line holders on my trolling rods. I just strip line up to the first eyelet and count how many times I strip it. This helps me get the same depth each time.

In shallow water I prefer to spider-rig I use my own version though. I put all the rods out of one side of the boat. If I am fishing with someone I put them in the back (of course ;)). The rods in the back I will use a much lighter weight then those in the front. The back rods will be semi-long lining and the front rods will hang straight down. This has worked for me many times.

I like this method cause if the guy in the front or back of the boat starts catching more fish. You both change your tactics to fit what's working best ;)

sparky
03-12-2009, 08:28 AM
A question for those that have already posted. Do you use your electric motor or gas motor? I use a 10 hp and troll in water from 3-10 feet and found that the noise from the motor doesn't bother my catch ratio. I use a 1/8 or 1/4 jig and curly tail and troll up to 2 mph hour depending upon water temp.

PapermouthLegend
03-12-2009, 08:53 AM
I use the electric trolling motor. About the only time I will use the gas is long lining in the Summer. If I have a lot of line out 100' or better I will use the bigger motor. I mainly use the bigger motor when the walleye start biting. But I will go backwards with the bigger motor, it slows me down a bit.

skiptomylu
03-12-2009, 09:02 AM
Only use my Troll Motor (Elect.) and speed is about .8 to 1.2 MPH.

Skip

Brush Buster
03-12-2009, 01:46 PM
I saw a reply talking about the planer bobbers. I looked them up on BPS and they had some called Woo's Skibob. Catchy name but just wondering if anybody has used them? I may throw out a post just to see.

Billy2
03-12-2009, 04:25 PM
A question for those that have already posted. Do you use your electric motor or gas motor? I use a 10 hp and troll in water from 3-10 feet and found that the noise from the motor doesn't bother my catch ratio. I use a 1/8 or 1/4 jig and curly tail and troll up to 2 mph hour depending upon water temp.

That's quite fast for trolling, I use an electric trolling motor.

ReelfootYankee
03-12-2009, 05:02 PM
I saw a reply talking about the planer bobbers. I looked them up on BPS and they had some called Woo's Skibob. Catchy name but just wondering if anybody has used them? I may throw out a post just to see.Do it!:)

slabbandit
03-13-2009, 02:40 AM
I usually tightline while spiderigging but when I am fishing water less than 4 feet deep I prefer a bobber above my jig/minnow. This is the way that we started out spiderigging, and while certainly not needed, it's fun to do it every now and then.:)