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    Default Pulling Cranks 101

    OK, I can see lots of comments here and there on this subject, but haven't found a discussion that starts with 1-Here's a lake, you will need one of these, You get the picture. I need to know what type rod, reel, line, bait, rigging, drift sock, and anything else I didn't list. Not asking for your honey holes just the basics. Thanks for any help. And, this is DonDon's fault!!:D
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    Hope you got plenty of MONEY Maj. It's costly my friend. When it gets right, I'll show ya but here's the basics. First FIND THE FISH. Deep summer patterns on the 3 COE lakes, Grenada, Sardis and Enid where the fish are suspended 12-25 foot deep are what you're looking for. you'll have from 4 to 8 poles out at a time and it's alot easier if there's 2 people in the boat. That way when you get a fish on, someone can steer the boat. not a have to but it makes it easier. I know I was pulling 6 on the rez early this summer and had to steer and reel in 150 foot of line, about got some bad tangles. Longest line out is the very back, the get shallower as you go forward in the boat. Most times this past summer, I had the very back one's out to as much as 175 feet, then I come back about 20 to 30 feet with each set of poles. Go SLOW and take your time, from around 1.5 MPH to around 3 or so. The norm for me is about 2 MPH. Simple once you learn to make big long sweeping turns. I had 4 or 5 poles all tangled together more than once this past year. The sire must be having problems right now but tvshow


    has 2 good videos from Sardis with Kent Driscoll. Think at one point they had 4 fish on at the same time. the first one they tell you alot about rod position, baits and things like that. very imformative. I tried to look at the video but it wouldn't load for me

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    Here is how I have mine set up I use linecounter reels Okuma Magda Pro 15dx

    The poles are B&M West point crappie poles 2 @ 12' & 2@ 8' the short poles have been replaced with some uncle bucks 5' crappie rods. Because Bigger made fun of my little crappie rods The 5 footers work better too.

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    Some good info here...thanks. Most of the time , I am fishing smaller lakes than you guys so I push my cranks a lot instead of pulling them.
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    Thanks guys. What kind of line would you spool onto those Okuma's & how do you actually rig the baits on? Anything special like swivels, etc??
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    Maj I use 10# test and I tie a snap swivel on mine so I can change out baits easy to switch colors. Those reels hold a bunch of line so the best bet is to buy some cheap line and use it for backing for the first couple of hundred feet then put you about 100 yds of good line on there and you will be good to go. There are some Bandit depth charts on here somewhere and thats what the line counter reels are for it tells you how much line to let out for a certain depth.


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    Here is the depth chart. http://www.crappie.com/crappie/archi...pth-chart.html
    I use 30-8 power pro line but where I troll there is alot of structure that loves to eat crank baits. If I fished the Big 4 all the time I would use 10 lb mono like slab said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slabologist View Post
    Maj I use 10# test and I tie a snap swivel on mine so I can change out baits easy to switch colors. Those reels hold a bunch of line so the best bet is to buy some cheap line and use it for backing for the first couple of hundred feet then put you about 100 yds of good line on there and you will be good to go. There are some Bandit depth charts on here somewhere and thats what the line counter reels are for it tells you how much line to let out for a certain depth.
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    Little info from JWhite.
    Crappie.com - Crappie Fishing Information and Adventure - Crankbaits for Crappie



    Tons of trolling info but mainly for walleye but if you sift thru it some good info. lots on boards.
    http://www.walleyecentral.com/articles/





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