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Old 12-02-2021, 08:16 PM
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Anyone use them on Lake Erie with success or do they hurt the bite? I don’t troll with worm harnesses a lot but when I do I get frustrated with how easily the mono harnesses get tangled up. Thought maybe the stiffness of the wire would make them easier to work with unless they hurt the bite too much. And if anyone does use them, light wire or heavy?
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Old 12-03-2021, 06:04 AM
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I have about a dozen that I made up for Lake Saint Claire. I used a braided wire about the same
size as 50# power pro. It ties easily but not quite as nice to snell as 17# mono.
Wondering why your mono harnesses tangle so much? Are you going too fast?
I troll under 2 mph and rarely have a tangle.
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Old 12-03-2021, 06:16 AM
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It’s not so much me or the boat speed as it is my guests. They sure seem to make a mess of things when they handling the mono harnesses (netting fish, unhooking fish, baiting the hooks, etc.) and the next thing I know there’s a tangle or a knot in the line. Thought maybe the little more stiffness of the wire would help them keep things straight. Maybe I just need better guests. Lol
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Old 12-03-2021, 06:36 AM
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I was having the same problem after catching a few fish on them. I went to a light wire harness and never noticed a drop in bites. they go after the worm after being attracted by the blades I just don't think they check the line for wire. I talked to Vicki at galeforcetackle.com to tie me up some double-bladed harnesses with wire.

the biggest reason for going to the wire was when I made an order with mono or fluro whichever they used I would order maybe 50 harnesses at a time. after about 3 yrs and not using a lot of them I would start worrying about age and reorder. but we only fish 1 week a year on Erie and can use the wire harnesses for yrs without replacing them. the paint on their spoons and harnesses lasts for yrs even when they are being used.

the last couple of yrs we have been doing great on larger spoons and haven't used any harnesses at all. it's been a nice break from using worms. you should try spoons and run 2.7 to 3.0.
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Old 12-03-2021, 06:44 AM
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Thank you. This is good to know. I do run bandits and spoons 95 percent of the time but there seems to always be that month or so stretch in the summer where they can prefer meat some days.
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Old 12-03-2021, 07:33 AM
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Anyone use them on Lake Erie with success or do they hurt the bite? I donít troll with worm harnesses a lot but when I do I get frustrated with how easily the mono harnesses get tangled up. Thought maybe the stiffness of the wire would make them easier to work with unless they hurt the bite too much. And if anyone does use them, light wire or heavy?
The spinner clevis seems to spin better using fluoro rather than mono so fluoro gets me less tangles. To avoid tangles altogether I would not go with wire; but what I would try is a fluoro leader attached to a Walleye Nation Creations Double Trouble Harness which provides an amazing action to a crawler with few tangles. Check out their video.
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Old 12-04-2021, 08:15 AM
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I've found that using 15 lb. fluoro or something of similar test weight pretty much eliminates tangles on harnesses, not only on spinners but also on slow death rigs.
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