View Full Version : Trolling Cranks-How Much Line Out?

08-05-2006, 01:31 PM
I bought a dozen bandits and have read all of the trolling articles. I'm ready to try it. I am in Florida and my main lake averages about 8 feet deep. I bought 200s and 300s. I need the lure to run at about 7 feet. I'm going to start with 8 lb test because I just put new 8 lb line on 4 reels. I'm going to start at about 1.5 MPH. Will somebody please tell me how much line I need to have out at this speed to get these 2 lures to 7 feet. If anyone knows the name of book (and where to buy or order it) that shows this info, I would appreciate that info also. Thanks in advance.

08-05-2006, 01:49 PM
Glenn, try this linl to Baandit Lures. information on depth range. There is a way it can be calculated, but I done know how.

08-05-2006, 01:58 PM
Glenn, you have an e=mail.

08-05-2006, 02:36 PM
Thanks Gracie. Steve-I did not get an EMail from you. Would you please try again at: Glenn2399@AOL.Com. Thanks.

08-05-2006, 02:46 PM
Thanks Gracie. Steve-I did not get an EMail from you. Would you please try again at: Glenn2399@AOL.Com. Thanks.

Thats where I sent it before, will send you a couple of PM's.

Darryl Morris
08-05-2006, 03:18 PM
From my experience, using the 300's with as little as 50' and as much as 150' of line they will bump bottom at 14' and hang up in 12'. You're probably going to find that the 200's will work better for you in the shallower water.

unknown 5
08-05-2006, 04:02 PM
Yeah, I agree with Darryl. 300s will be dragging the bottom too much in 8' of water, 200s will too, most likely. Watch your rod tips closely and you can see when they are on the bottom. Actually, bumping the bottom across a point is not a bad thing, I have got a lot of strikes just as the crankbaits starts to hit the bottom. Not always crappie though.
I may try some 100s, I think the 200s may run too deep at times.

08-06-2006, 10:15 PM
Must... Absorb... information.

08-07-2006, 09:41 AM
2000 series bandit with 10 pound mono will run 8 feet with 30 feet of line out.With 8 pound youre going to run alittle deeper.

unknown 5
08-07-2006, 04:51 PM
To elaberate more on trolling 100s, in the lake where I do most of my fishing, this year's shad crop are working the surface alot. Going 8' deep with a 200 may be too deep for the crappies that are working these shad schools. A 100 that only runs 4' deep or less may generate more strikes.
There are folks who may do more trolling than I do, I do it after I fish other methods first. I haven't seen anyone who has been running 100s but I think they may match up with this year's shad crop better than 200s which may run under the schools. Any thoughts from someone else?

J White
08-07-2006, 05:42 PM
As much as I like Bandits... if I were faced with water that shallow,
I believe I'd either try 100's or something else. I have heard a lot of
good things about the smaller shad raps, they don't run deep enough for
me, but might just be the ticket in shallower waters . The smaller grappler shad might work too, or small Rapala minnows, or :D lots of choices.

08-08-2006, 08:39 AM
Thanks all. I see I have a bunch of experimenting to do.

unknown 5
08-09-2006, 06:26 PM
Keep us informed on your experimentation. I am trying a variety of things until I find something that works well. I can sit in my yard and watch the crappie slashing through this year's shad crop schooling on the surface. Something that imitates them real well has got to work.

08-10-2006, 11:38 AM
Glen,you could do what is called a BUMP test,First take the hooks off then find a stretch of 7 ft water and just experiment with certain amounts of line out and the proper speed in which you troll. When it starts to bump or drag the bottom,you got it,,you just have to remember the speed and how much line you had out,,I seem to forget this often.I also troll plugs for striper and count the number of times the pawl travels back and forth the spool to get the plug the depth I want it to run.I troll 1/16 oz jigs around.8to 1.0 mph by the gps,they run close to 10 ft with my setup.

unknown 5
08-10-2006, 11:54 AM
Bearclaw, I am interested in your trolling for stripers. Please give more information. I caught an 8.2 pound striper Tuesday on a crappie rig but I wasn't trolling. As well as that striper fought, I wouldn't mind catching one on a crankbait while trolling. I did catch an 8 pound channel catfish today while trolling crankbaits. He was fun also. I troll for crappies but I don't mind catching other species, especially when they have some size to them. I will post some pictures later on today.