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Pushing Crankbaits for crappie?

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By lhumphre - Posted on 14 May 2010

I've experimented the past two years with pulling crankbaits and have enjoyed some success. I generally fish with four rods from the side of the boat or 4 straight out of the back. Speed is generally around 1.7 to 1.9.
I've heard several mention pushing crankbaits and was wondering if you guys who fish this way could explain your set up. How many rods do you typically push and how do you have the cranks rigged?

Ray's picture

I am not experienced with this method but I have been studying it to try this year. I plan on pushing 4 poles straight out the front like spider fishing with a rig like a capps/coleman rig with an 2oz. weight- swivel- 3 ft. leader then the crank.
The advantages will be as I see them the ability to fish in smaller areas because it takes a big area to turn around when pulling cranks. Another advantage at times will be the ability to troll the crank baits more slowly.
Hope this helps.


mwinter's picture

Im interested in trying this. What kind of crankbaits do you normally use for pushing?


Ray's picture

Mwinter. Most are pushing the bandit 300 series crank baits. I also like the XPS deep models baits that look almost identical to the Bandit baits but cost 2.79 instead of 4.29. Good luck and let us know how you do.


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