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    Being relatively new to crankbaits & crappie, I've now had my taste wet for these effective lures. I'd like to ask to you folks, what color patterns you tend to favor? There are so many to choose from! Currently, the three colors I have are: pink/chart., chart/with orange stripe, and blue/chartreuse.

    Figure on going slow with accumulating more until I become more familiar with their use and presentations. The three I do have now are Arkie 350's, which have been pretty productive for me the last couple of trips. Figure on adding another 3 soon!

    Water here is stained and running around 75 degrees at the surface, if that's significant? We are side pulling these cranks over 16' - 24' of this water. Any other factors I should take into consideration?

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    Well....I like the Pico INT crankbaits....my favorite colors right now are... Bone Orange....Simply Awsum.....and Geezer Clown. I also spray them with Slab Sauce G sauce version.

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    Crestliner, how are you side pulling at give or take 1.7 MPH?
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    Be sure and have a bright orange one, a bright/hot pink one, and a solid black one (silver metalflake optional).

    Just keep them cranks slightly above the depth you're marking the suspended fish.
    Don't be afraid to run them at 1.5 - 2.5mph (as long as your cranks are running true).
    And don't be surprised at catching fish that aren't much longer than the crank itself.

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    Shad pattern is hard to beat if that's a food source where you fish.

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    I start out with a different color on every line and let the crappie tell me what they want. Keep in mind conditions will change and so will colors.
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    Yes,I too would like to know how are you pulling them sideways and your speed,
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    I see no advantage to trying to side pull cranks. I want the mobility to follow contours and to circle back reasonably quickly if I hit a concentration of crappie. With my Bay Pro and 14'-16' rods on each side I'm running a swath almost 40 feet wide every pass with 4 feet of separation between baits.
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    ... but he may have said "side pulling" but simply meant pulling with rods off the "side" of the boat, rather than actually powering the boat thru the water "sideways". Then again .... he didn't say how fast he was going, either, so he may well be "side pulling" but not at the speeds normally associated with Pushing/Pulling.

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    I pull my poles off the sides of the boat in a forward direction though, but was confused also by the comment. Considering I think OP is the one who was posting about true side pulling a couple weeks ago and even had his TM mounted on the side, who knows. I prefer C55's Arkies, and Bandits, you can go to Wlure and get a lot of crank baits very cheap, free shipping if you can wait a few weeks and no sales tax. I got hundreds of them and they all run true out of the pack and catch fish, only problem is the hook guards they put on them are a pain.
    Last edited by Snubby; 07-12-2018 at 04:57 PM. Reason: spelling error

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