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    Hello everyone I have had a good year so far pushing minnows. I was at Academy Sports and saw a bunch of Bandit 300's I've never heard of anyone pulling cranks on Clarks Hill , it seems like a fun way to fish just wondering if it would be worth trying those bandits aren't cheap or should I just stick with pushing minnows. Thanks
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    I have pulled em on Wylie with decent results. Seems like every type of fish like em. Good luck to ya.

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    I tried pulling cranks one year, caught more bass than anything else, dont know where them cranks are now....

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    if you happy with what you catching keep at ==if not turn loose the $$$ and try something new don't hurt to experiment
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    Ive read a lot of reviews on pulling cranks over the years. To get an abundance of different colors and sizes you gonna spend ALOT OF BUCKS on lures not to even mention the possibility of getting set up with rods, baitcasting reels, rod holders for the back of the boat, braided line for all those rods, etc. And even at that I really didn't see that many more fish caught from folks that were pulling cranks in the same water where I was pulling jigs. Therefore, I just stuck with pulling jigs year 'round.
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    Don't forget the precision trolling app. Gotta buy EACH lure you plan to run. I'd say up your electronics like with a humminbird 360 and get stuff that you can duel purpose and improve your current fishing abilities.

    Buy a few things that would let you practice at pulling cranks like Shakespeare ats15 linecounter reels, few bandit 100,200,300.

    But in all honesty it would be cheaper to add longlining jigs instead of cranks.


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    I have spent many hours pulling cranks on the Hill. White crappie will hit cranks faster than blacks but both can be caught. I like to use cranks once the water warms into the 80's and work the deeper waters from midway of a creek run back to the main river. Most times you will find a sweet spot/depth and be able to have a good catch. If you have a weak heart you may not want to pull cranks because you will lose some, I have had days when loosing 5 would happen.
    I pull six rods with 10 lb braid and use line counters. You need to know how much line you have out. Myself on most days I pull two 300 on the two center rods, 200 on the next two rods and 100 on the two outside rods. All cranks pulled with the same amount of line out. You will cover the water column pulling like this plus you can pull closer to the bank without hang ups if you decide to fish the banks.
    As for charts go to the Bandit home web site and search depth chart, they have one for all their cranks or at least they had them. If you don't see them let me know and I'll post a pic of my chart. For the speed 2 mph is the speed I use all the time. A good trolling motor set at 5/6 and a strong set of batteries will get you through half a day or over pull at this speed. Colors, dark in the early morning and lighter colors as the sun get high in the sky.
    Don't over think pulling cranks, put them in the water and enjoy the time on the water. Pulling cranks isn't for everyone as you will like it or not so start out with a small amount of cranks and if you enjoy pulling you can add to your arsenal. There are many other cranks that will work besides Bandits so keep a eye out for sales on cranks.
    Hope this will help you in deciding if you want to pull and gives you some helpful info.

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    Thanks for posting this question. I have spent a lot of time reading http://www.crappie.com/crappie/missi...-cranks-101-a/ . Pulling cranks seems to be all the rage in Mississippi but not so much here in SC.

    I've decided to try (invest in) this approach for several reasons: 1) I've been fishing Secession for the last month and it seems that during the day the fish are suspending around 15 to 20 feet in 25 to 30 fow and my jigs just aren't getting down to them 2) I actually like the idea of catching multiple species 3) I'm can dual purpose rods and reels for catfishing, which I want to learn. The down side is Secession is "stumpy" so the cost could become prohibitive. Also, I've not caught a white crappie on Secession. In either case I can still catfish which Secession has in abundance after the draw down.

    I've got the gear on order and will let y'all know how it goes.
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    Good to hear Secession is back to norm, been wanting to come up for a day. Is it near full pool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaRay View Post
    Good to hear Secession is back to norm, been wanting to come up for a day. Is it near full pool.
    It's been full pond for awhile but I wouldn't say it's back to normal. They dropped it 24 feet (the upper end was just a creek) and I think the fish suffered. I've caught a few nice crappie but most have been very small and all the bass have been very small. I've caught more nice cats than anything. I think there was a kill of the larger slabs and bass with the cats fairing much better from all the available food. And the spawn seems to have been off, the water levels and temp were rapidly rising while the other lakes had fish on the beds. The crappie have already gone deep to the main channel. It might be a year or two before the populations recover. All the guys I've talked with say it's not what it was last year.

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