View Full Version : Road Runners?

03-20-2012, 08:36 PM
Do many of you use Road Runners for trolling? I've used them for casting some, with mixed results. How do you fish them?

I'm looking hard at the Road Runner Pro 2.0 Jigheads cuz they have the willow blade AND the barb that keeps the plastic on better (IMO). I assume the Road Runners do better with curlytail grubs or the crappie thunder type grubs.

03-20-2012, 08:50 PM
I don't intentionally fish road runners for crappie but have caught crappie on them while fishing for white bass. this weekend we were using the ones with maribou but lost the couple we had, I some heads I had bought somewhere and some twister tail grubs so we used them and was pleasently suprised by catching two limits, sorry, white bass, not crappie.

03-20-2012, 08:59 PM
I troll with them all the time with 2 inch curly tail's and do very well with them.Seem's like that little flash make's a difference.

03-20-2012, 09:29 PM
We use them 75% of the time. They work well with the BG Stroller's and the Slab Slayers. We use the ones with the barb and we like the willow blades!!

M R Dux
03-20-2012, 09:39 PM
I've just started using them longlining and they are the ticket on sunny days. I use the 1/16th and 1/8th with willow or colorado blades and 2 inch Hot Grubs.

Crappie Vermonster
03-21-2012, 08:10 AM
I like to cast them but I know people that troll them with good results. My fav thing is a 2" gulp minnow grub it has that great smell the fish love put it on the road runner tail up the only problem is pike love them to

03-21-2012, 08:37 AM
Hmmmm .... I've limited out on 1-2lb Crappie at Ky Lake 3 times -- caught near limits of 1-2lb Crappie at Green River Lake a few times -- put a serious hurtin on'em at Taylorsville Lake (Ky) & Watts Bar Lake (Tn) -- and caught quite a few from various other lakes ... all while casting a Roadrunner (& some while trolling one). I have a rod/reel dedicated to using for casting a Roadrunner. I'm pretty sure that puts me in the catagory of a Roadrunner fan Rofl

I'm partial to the marabou version ... 1/32 & 1/16oz ... but I do have the heads, and have customized them with various blades, so I can (& eventually will) use them with plastics.

... cp :cool:

03-21-2012, 09:53 AM
what speed do you troll the roadrunners at?

03-21-2012, 10:09 AM
I like to use them longlinning with BG Stroller's at around 0.8 mph. They work great!

Sandwich Maker
03-21-2012, 10:20 AM
I really like to vertical jig in the spring with them, when the crappie are shallow. Flip past the cover and let the RR fall into it. I think that at times the blade flash will make a big difference. Like crappiepappy, I like the maribou best. Wally Marshall is deadly shooting docks with a 1/16th RR with plastic bodies.

03-21-2012, 10:40 AM
I will cast them. Fish them real slow.

03-21-2012, 12:38 PM
I longline with 1/16 and tipped with minnow and push out front with twin hooks tight line with roadrunner on the bottom hook and do very good over brush piles.

03-21-2012, 12:50 PM
Probably my absolute go to bait. They are so versitile as noted by so many on this thread. They can be fished with so many plastics and the maribou are great! Whether casting or trolling, slow is the key. Jimmy Houston said if you think you are fishing it slow, slow down some more. Just enough to get the blades turning and that doesn't take much. It is great when the slabs hammer a roadrunner! If fishing them in lots of cover, be prepared to lose some although the light wire hooks do bend fairly easily which saves some.

03-21-2012, 03:01 PM
Thanks all! Good info. They look like they'd be great baits. I have a few but have never really used them much.

M R Dux
03-21-2012, 03:03 PM
I usually find that 1.0 mph works best for me longlining roadrunners.

03-21-2012, 03:04 PM
If I had to pick one bait for spring crappie it would be a gray road runner. Great for crappie white bass and walleye.

03-21-2012, 03:08 PM
Most people do fish a RR way to fast.

03-21-2012, 03:57 PM
HMMM lets see! I longline 10 poles and ALL of them with 1/16th oz Roadrunner pro's. I slow roll 1/16th oz roadrunner pro's. So yes I love them little things. Once in a blue moon I will pull or cast a BPS ballhead with spinner as well, not often though. I wish they made them pro's with some colorado blades and some of both in nickle or chrome finish. Love em with BG Stroll R's, Cajun Critters and Southern Pro curly tails.