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    Spotlock is great for a lot of things, but itís been my experience that you absolutely cannot spotlock close to crappies unless they are 20ft deep or more. As seen on my livescope you will spook them every time and keep them moving around. What are your thoughts on this? I never realized how spooky crappies were until I got livescope

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    Depending on how pressured they are for sure. I will spotlock while shooting docks if there is a slight breeze for the motor to lean against. A lot of the times I will use the remote to hold the boat allowing for a more stealthy approach.
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    Spot lock is fine for taking a fish off or retying but not much good for actually fishing from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pab1981 View Post
    Spot lock is fine for taking a fish off or retying but not much good for actually fishing from.
    On my home lake Iíve spotlocked in twelve feet without spooking the fish. Especially when thereís a little wind. I used my 2d sonar on my ultrex just a few days ago on them. Used a seven foot rod tight lined in the cone and had a blast.
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    I fished with a guy who used spot lock very effectively in water as shallow as 15’ and we were vertical jigging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaunc View Post
    On my home lake Iíve spotlocked in twelve feet without spooking the fish. Especially when thereís a little wind. I used my 2d sonar on my ultrex just a few days ago on them. Used a seven foot rod tight lined in the cone and had a blast.
    Itís not about the spooking, itís about not having control of the boat. Am sure plenty of people catch fish good at times like that sitting on a bunch of aggressive fish but you wonít get away with it a lot of days on our lakes the way the bait needs to be presented.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pab1981 View Post
    Itís not about the spooking, itís about not having control of the boat. Am sure plenty of people catch fish good at times like that sitting on a bunch of aggressive fish but you wonít get away with it a lot of days on our lakes the way the bait needs to be presented.
    Thatís why I said on my home lake. Itís a heavy recreational lake and the fish donít spook as easily as Kentucky lake or others Iíve fished.

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    I have seen them spook at 15ft deep and not move a inch in 4ft of water. Heck I have seen them swim directly under a boat to avoid the sun. They are some finicky critters.
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    I sit a minimium of 15 ft. off of fish & out to around 40 ft. if needed.
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    My home lake is heavily pressured and also very recreational during that time of year.
    Spot lock definitely spooks fish!!!
    I canít get within 15 ft of them most of the time.
    Now I stealth my way to the fish.
    Hardly ever use the remote unless I am pushing minnows.
    I consider the lake being always pretty clear to stained. Iím sure muddy and dark tea colored water would easier to fish but nothing like that around here. Iíve tried rods as long as 16 ft and still spooky.
    I have to stay up to 20 ft away and pitch to them.
    I still love spot lock for changing baits and eating a sandwich or just taking a break.


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