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rnvinc
04-23-2017, 01:10 PM
Here's a post I did many years ago and this new forum is a good place to keep it for future discussion ...


I spider rig contour lines...

Early in the year ... Before the water reaches 55 degrees...I'll be following creek channel ledge contour lines...
When the water reaches 55 degrees.. I'll experiment with contour lines parallel with the bank...

I'll pick a depth I think the fish will be in and stay on that contour line for several hundred yards....
If I don't pick up any fish... I'll move the boat over 2ft deeper or shallower... And either backtrack my previous pass or continue on down the new contour line...

Once I find what depth the fish seem to be targeting... I'll stay on that contour line until the fish quit biting or until I want to move to a different area and start all over...

Spider riggin contour lines gives the benefit of setting the baits on the shallow side of the boat to a certain depth... And setting the baits on the deeper side of the boat to a certain depth and covering several hundred yards of water without constantly adjusting bait depths...

Rickie

Tracker81
04-24-2017, 06:12 PM
If you don't mind can you explain what you are meaning when you say contour lines? Some of the beginners might not know.

rnvinc
04-25-2017, 12:00 AM
If you don't mind can you explain what you are meaning when you say contour lines? Some of the beginners might not know.

Contour lines are the consistent depth lines showing on mapping card data Chart views ...

The lines follow a specific depth... regardless of how far from the bank that specific contour line runs ...

rnvinc
04-25-2017, 12:07 AM
Contour lines are the lines showing on mapping card Chart views ...

These contours lines show a consistent depth along the line...regardless of how far from the bank the specific contour line runs...

Crappie are a depth oriented fish species ... Following contour lines until a pattern develops allows targeting this aspect of crappie habits ...

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Rickie

Tracker81
04-25-2017, 12:48 AM
Awesome explanation. Thanks. All that will definitely help someone in there learning experience. If anyone else can add some details or anything new please do. There's alot of people asking about how to everything and anything on finding crappie.

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kfi
05-05-2017, 08:47 AM
Question for the OP: Are you using iPilot link follow contour feature while spider rigging and if so can you stay on course at slower speeds? I have iPilot link and find that following contours at slow speeds doesn't work to well. I have high sided deep V so it gets pushed around in wind. Anyhow, just curious.


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rnvinc
05-05-2017, 10:00 PM
Question for the OP: Are you using iPilot link follow contour feature while spider rigging and if so can you stay on course at slower speeds? I have iPilot link and find that following contours at slow speeds doesn't work to well. I have high sided deep V so it gets pushed around in wind. Anyhow, just curious.


I use a Fortrex cable steer ... but that new Ultrex sure does look interesting ...

I try to always spider rig into the wind ...which makes boat control somewhat easier ...

Rickie

Quailtail
05-08-2017, 09:59 PM
Good information in this thread. My first spring for spider rigging. It has been a learning experience for sure.

CliffordN
05-15-2017, 11:41 AM
I certainly understand the concept of fishing in varying depths of water, but how do you decide if you are running the jig at the right depth under the surface, which introduces another variable? Are you marking fish before you decide to follow that contour, to determine that they are there?

Tracker81
05-15-2017, 03:50 PM
The way I spider rig on contour lines I might mark fish at a spot and troll 20 minutes before I mark again. If fish are at say 15 ft I will put all 8 lines from 10 to 15 ft. When I get 2-3 fish at the same depth I will put all them to that depth. Crappie feed looking up, so you do not want your bait under them. That's how I have done it for 15 yrs and all ways works for me. Hope it helps u understand Lil better.

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rnvinc
05-23-2017, 08:06 PM
I will generally run baits 2-3ft of bottom ...until I get to a Brushpile ...Then I will raise the baits to pass just barely over the brush ...

And this also applies when I'm riggin ledge contours ...

If the top of the ledge is 10ft and the bottom of the ledge is 15ft = shallow side baits are ran at 7-8ft ...and deep side baits are ran at 12-13ft ...

And this is the "search" part of riggin contour lines ...

Once the fish start hitting at a certain depth = I put the boat on that depth contour and set all baits to coincide with that contour ...

Rickie

chippo
11-05-2017, 12:01 PM
https://youtu.be/vzy5YrRJah8


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chippo
11-05-2017, 02:01 PM
Question for the OP: Are you using iPilot link follow contour feature while spider rigging and if so can you stay on course at slower speeds? I have iPilot link and find that following contours at slow speeds doesn't work to well. I have high sided deep V so it gets pushed around in wind. Anyhow, just curious.


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Are you keeping your motor down?


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