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Line for pulling crank baits for crappie

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By Anonymous - Posted on 04 June 2010

I am going to be trying pulling crankbaits for crappiei in a couple of weeks for the first time. What size line do you need to pull crankbaits. I usually fish with a 8 or 10 pound monofilament line and not sure that will work.

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Hey toiciana welcome to the site and thanks for joining. I'm using 12 pound P-line to pull cranks. It works fine and is strong enough to handle those catfish and green carp you are bound to catch when trolling crank baits. That said I am going t change lines soon and I want to try something different. Next I am going to a Hi-Vis 10 pound line of some brand. When I am pulling cranks and get a crappiei on 100 feet back it would be nice to be able to see the other lines so I can work the fish around them. With the clear line I can not see them. I am going to try 10 pound line because all the depth charts for crank baits reference 10 pound line and to get the baits down to deeper depths smaller line will be more effective.


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