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    Actually he is side pulling off his V hull boat. Remember he is in the north east and fish a lot smaller bodies of water than we are used to. And if I'm not mistaken the majority of his are blacks not whites. I bet them crappie don't care wheather it's pulling off the side or back of boat. As long as he can stay between 1.2 and 2.0 he is going to catch fish.
    In those waters I would have 2 for sure a black and chrome and blue and chrome. What ever your bass and pike eat is what those crappie are feeding on so work from those color combos.
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    What Cray said

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    Im new to the crancking scene too. This is what i picked up to start with. Been one time so far and was productive with many different colors. Arkies, johnsons, crappie magic and BnMs. Also some small creme rattle traps.Attachment 310295Name:  0628181059.jpg
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    First of all, thanks for all your comments and suggestions! Just what I was looking for. Yes, we are "side pulling". Here in MA, we are only allowed 2 rods per fisherman. Consequently we wanted to achieve a boat presentation whereby we could cover the widest area possible. Here is a picture of our TM motor mounted on the side of a 16' Tracker Panfish:

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    Walt usually runs the two of his rods with jig/plastic combos of various weights & color patterns. I use to to do the same. Now we're starting to experiment with cranks and I'm using one rod exclusively on cranks and one on either Road Runners or jig/plastic combo. I'd say I'm keeping the crank on that one rod (a 9' B n' M "Difference") about 80% of the time and directly off the stern (parallel to the boat).

    Using a recently added hand-held GPS, we are running all four lines at about .9 to 1.3 mph with the TM set between 30% - 40% power. This gives us about 4 to 5 hours run time on a series 24 DC battery. Plenty for these old bones!

    I don't ever recall saying that we run 1.7 mph or higher? If I did, that must have been a miss-type. If we were running all four lines on cranks, then yes, I would try to kick up the speed that much. But we do so well with the jig/plastic combos here (and yes, we are catching black crappie only), that going faster than the speed we are doing would be counter productive. Like I said, we are experimenting with cranks only at this time - not being fully committed on all four lines.

    Here's a link to our latest post in "The New England States" forum:

    https://www.crappie.com/crappie/the-new-england-states/377591-report-7-7-18-a/

    I hope this added perspective helps explain what we are doing. And THANKS again for your comments!
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    Now that I see your set-up, you are probably utilizing your equipment best with your technique. You might seriously consider reading up on "pushing Cranks". By adding weight to the crank using your method, you can get it deeper without having to add speed. Best of luck.
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    Bill Norman purple back with glitter and chartreuse belly always had a place in my spread. Solid black, solid red, and sexy shad also among my standards. I have run as many as 12 rods but have cut back to 10. Gets busy sometimes. If I remember I will shoot a pic showing my box and colors.
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