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Pulling crankbaits


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By G-3 Fisherman - Posted on 14 September 2008

First off...what is the difference between pulling and pushing? OK...pulling crankbaits, what type rod and reels do I need? What size line? What speed ? Do you troll with outboard or trolling motor?

Ray's picture

Well G-3 this is not a topic I know alot about but the answers seem to be coming slow so I will give it a try. I went with Charlie recently and pulled crankbaits and we used a med to heavy casting rods with baitcasting reels and 12 to 14 lb test line. We pulled 300 series bandit crankbaits with the long lips for deep depth. We pulled them at 1.3 to 1.5 mph and used the trolling motor.

Ray

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OK...I have asked this question on several sites and getting a lot of different answers concerning the rods, reels, and line used. Would 6 and a half or 7 ft, medium spinning rods and reels with 10 or 12 lb. line be suitable? Or do I really need something heavier? What about the heavy 7 ft. ugly sick catfish spinning rods and reels with say 20 lb. line? Sheeesh! one guy told me to use rod and reels that cost over $300 bucks apiece....don't want to spend that much money for sure.

I've spent most of my life fishing...the rest I wasted.

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Yes. I think the 7' ugly stick would be fine and 12 lb line will work. The only issue with the lighter line is when pulling the crank bait at that depth, the strike and initial pull will sometimes break line smaller than 12 pound. You are bound to catch some bass and catfish and at $3 a pop losing those crank baits is no fun. This is what I have (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=6395946) and you can buy the combo with ambassador reel for about $100.00 when on sale. You do not have to cast so, durability and strength is more important in this case. I do not mean to complicate this but if you are planning on pulling say 4 baits at a time consider buying 2 longer rods say 8 feet. This will help separate the baits and give you a wider pass. I pull one on both sides of the motor over the back and one out each side. I have not done this a lot but the set up works great.
On another note. G-3 Fisherman where are you from and where do you fish?

Ray

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I live about 10 miles west of Tupelo, Mississippi. I fish all over north MS. and sometimes go up into Tennessee. I usually fish three days a week year around. I am retired and having fun. I like to fish different methods and like to experiment.

I've spent most of my life fishing...the rest I wasted.

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Welcome to the site G-3 Fisherman. I grew up in a small town Baldwyn close to Tupleo. Sounds like you are really enjoying retirement. Thanks for supporting the site with your comments and questions. Let us know how the crankbait fishing goes and we would really like to hear how you do on the days you fish. We hope one day to have fishermen from all around posting how the crappiei are doing and serve as a resource for fishermen.

Ray

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