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    Default Arkie crappie cranks - lost fish

    Anyone lose a lot of fish pulling cranks with Arkies vs Bandits?

    Lost about 15 today on Arkies

    What’s a good treble hook for crappie cranks to reduce fish coming off while easing them on top to the boat?


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    I never have, no.

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    If you really think that's the reason for lost fish .... you might consider changing their hooks out for Mustad Triple Grip treble hooks. You would probably only need to change the rear hook.

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    Last week I lost several good fish right at the boat but, I had a mix of Arkie and Pico. Another thing is they weren't hitting it hard. I didn't have any that swallowed the bait either.
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    When they are not hitting the bait hard....speed up and they usually will hit harder and get hooked better.
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    I don't use crankbaits very often for crappie, but I had a great season with them in 2018. And I've fished blade baits and cranks for bass and northern pike quite a bit using this same modification with excellent results:

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    This particular hook is a 1/0 VMC Inline hook specifically designed to replace treble hooks with. I even go so far as to crimp down the barb, being a CPR fisherman. Has certainly paid off for me. I do not recall many misses either. JMO!
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    It happens on certain days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhill1960 View Post
    Anyone lose a lot of fish pulling cranks with Arkies vs Bandits?

    Lost about 15 today on Arkies

    What’s a good treble hook for crappie cranks to reduce fish coming off while easing them on top to the boat?


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    Maybe you need a more limber rod ?

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    What G said ! Speed up a bit ! They will hit it harder also might help to put a #6 mustad hook on back!
    The ones we been getting lately have been choking the bait so haven’t had that problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by "G" View Post
    When they are not hitting the bait hard....speed up and they usually will hit harder and get hooked better.
    I'll try that

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