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BuckCreekMike
07-12-2010, 04:11 PM
I have trolled with roadrunners with varying degrees of success, but I have never really trolled cranks. Has anyone done it at LOZ, and did you have any success? I was at LOZ this weekend and got out on Sunday morning at about 9:00 and fished for an hour or so and only caught 2 crappie, one of which might have benn a keeper. Admittedly I wasn't trying really hardcore, but it was still surprisingly slow. I did have a few bites that I couldn't connect with, but after my "research" on my dock I'm about 95% sure that they were dinks that either don't take it all the way or just hit the tail b/c they can't get it in their mouth. I am interested to hear from anyone on the trollong, and maybe even what situations you would troll in.

mr. baker
07-13-2010, 07:33 AM
300 series bandits on the points will do it.

moswampy
07-13-2010, 12:46 PM
there is a thread somewhere on CDC on depths of the bandits vs. length of line it is nice to know where your bait is trolling to eliminate water. I do better on crappie at speeds around or a touch less than 1.5mph. using gps and your finder work nicely even better if they are all on one system. I have been working with some trolling spoons to trail a crank. Have had mixed results, now that is warming up nicely my trolling patterns may improve some.

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Bruce Carp
07-13-2010, 02:07 PM
Mike, I had never tried them but two weeks ago and i had only boated a few fish in three hours. In the next two hours pulled in over 35 fish using three Bandit 300's. going 1.5 mph. they worked and i was impressed. turned a light day into a good day.

BuckCreekMike
07-13-2010, 04:26 PM
Mike, I had never tried them but two weeks ago and i had only boated a few fish in three hours. In the next two hours pulled in over 35 fish using three Bandit 300's. going 1.5 mph. they worked and i was impressed. turned a light day into a good day.

Would you just fish them in areas where you have caught fish before, or on points like Mr. Baker suggested?

tab
07-13-2010, 05:50 PM
Fished the lake july 5th pulling 300 series bandit crank baits. It didn't take long to catch two limits of crappie and 10 keeper large mouth which I threw back. A 300 series runs a foot deep for every 10 feet of line plus 2 feet. So if you have 200 feet of line your bait is running 22 feet deep.

Pistol Pete
07-13-2010, 06:54 PM
What size line and how deep?

BuckCreekMike
07-14-2010, 10:08 AM
Fished the lake july 5th pulling 300 series bandit crank baits. It didn't take long to catch two limits of crappie and 10 keeper large mouth which I threw back. A 300 series runs a foot deep for every 10 feet of line plus 2 feet. So if you have 200 feet of line your bait is running 22 feet deep.

Do you pull multiple cranks in rod holders, or just in your hand? I assume you use a stiffer rod like a med action bass stick.

Bruce Carp
07-14-2010, 10:10 AM
one crank bait per rod. 10-12 pound test line and let out about 100-120 feet of fine is where they have been. good luck

BuckCreekMike
07-14-2010, 11:33 AM
one crank bait per rod. 10-12 pound test line and let out about 100-120 feet of fine is where they have been. good luck

I assumed one crankbait per rod, the question is if you use multiple rods.

inaboat
07-14-2010, 08:42 PM
We have trolled many a mile at Smithville with the smaller size, 4a I think, bombers in chartruese and or parrot colors. We have boated lots of limits of good fish trolling on the dam and points near the dam. Never have tried the bandits. Usually hit a couple of wallys during the process.

gabowman
07-14-2010, 08:56 PM
I'm curious too. How heavy of rods for the 300's?

mr. baker
07-14-2010, 09:41 PM
I'm curious too. How heavy of rods for the 300's?

It doesn't require a heavy rod. Any medium/light action rod will work.

mr. baker
07-14-2010, 09:42 PM
I assumed one crankbait per rod, the question is if you use multiple rods.

I will troll up to 4 rods by myself. That keeps me plenty busy.

Bruce Carp
07-15-2010, 08:30 AM
we used three rods and that kept us busy.

TAE73
07-15-2010, 09:49 AM
Here are the dive curves for 200 and 300 bandits to help you out. Also there are some good deals on the special tab over on www.banditlures.com

BuckCreekMike
07-15-2010, 09:56 AM
Thanks to everyone that chimed in, I am sure to give it a try.