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Old 06-27-2012, 02:35 PM
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Default Pulling Spinners for open water walleyes

Some of you have been a great help getting me started with tips for using planer boards. Thanks. The next thing I'd like to add to my arsenal now that I am loaded up with trolling great is pulling spinner/crawler harness for open water suspended walleyes. I fully understand what to do when pulling a harness with a bottom bouncer but what kind of weights and set ups do you use when pulling the spinners in the open water keeping the bait off the bottom?

I have a couple snap weights already and am willing to go purchase any other gear I may need. My thought is I'd like to pull a combo of bottom bouncers as well as spinners off the bottom so I'm covering the whole water colum.
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:51 PM
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keep it simple

get some 1 oz inline or keel weights.
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:53 PM
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I use inline weights like "Cabela's Keel Lead Sinkers". A general rule of thumb is 1oz weight @ 1mph would be half of your length of line put out. Example: 50'of line would run 25' down at 1mph
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:08 PM
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Depending on how clear the water is you may also find snap weights to be useful. This allows you to put the weight say 20-50 feet ahead of your spinner rig. Reel up to the weight, snap it off and bring the fish in...

I use the inline weights in stained water and snap weights in the gin clear waters.

I agree with keeping it simple to start out with the 1oz weight until you get the feel for running depths. Once you get the hang of that, 2oz and 3oz weight will come in handy with rough water conditions or if you desire a more verticle presentation.

Bass Pro Inline Weights: http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shop...t/42748/143223

Snap Weight System: http://www.basspro.com/Snap-Weight-S...ct/16005/77601


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Old 06-27-2012, 03:31 PM
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Really simple.
Put on your crawler, let out 50 feet of line, clip to the down rigger ball.
Drop the down rigger ball to your desired depth and go fishing.

The downriggers make fishing for suspended fish trivial and absolutely reliable and repeatable.

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Old 06-27-2012, 05:49 PM
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Really simple.
Put on your crawler, let out 50 feet of line, clip to the down rigger ball.
Drop the down rigger ball to your desired depth and go fishing.

The downriggers make fishing for suspended fish trivial and absolutely reliable and repeatable.

REW
Once I have depth and color preference dialed in,the outside lines almost always get the most hits. I would not consider using downriggers to fish - say - 15' down in 45' fow.

I use 1/2oz egg sinkers. Runing depth is somewhere around 4:1. If fish are consistently deeper I go to inlines.

If I were to use my dOwnriggers when fishing walleyes 'round here,I'd use a SWR ( (1 or 2 colors lead so the bait rides below the ball.)
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:55 AM
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Folks fishing inner Saginaw Bay use in-line weights, 1 or 2 oz, and experiment with line lengths & speed to get the depth right. As an example, people fishing 16'-20' of water will use a 2 oz, 55' behind the planer board pulled at 1.4 mph.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fishi...3Bcat104685480
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:20 AM
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keep it simple

get some 1 oz inline or keel weights.
This. You can easily cover depths down to 20 feet with 1 oz. or maybe 1.5 oz.

Really no need for a BB on a planer board in my opinion. If you can't reel in it up/down, you may as well use an inline as they are easier, less obtrusive and won't tangle.

To get started inlines are the simplest, easiest, cheapest way.
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Size weight will depends on depth wanting to achieve. Also how deep of water being fished. Here is a link to the depth chart foR the best inline weights on the market. Try to remember this is about as easy a way to fish as I know, don't get over scientific about it. stagger your leads/depths and duplicate what's working to other rods to zero in on a program.

http://rednekoutfitters.com/inline_t...ght_chart.html
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:15 PM
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I think what I will do is rig up all my spinner/harness rods with the Northland stainless bottom bouncers that I have because they have the plastic quick change clevis on them. Then If I want I can just take the weight off the clevis and clip on a snap weight and fish them off the bottom.

I'm assuming I shouldn't have any problem with line twist as long as I use a good ball bearing swivel?
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