crawler harness speed

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  1. wingster51

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    When trolling downstream with a crawler harness, what speed range on the gps are you going? I will be fishing mid river.Thanks and stay safe.
     
  2. ebijack

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    Depending on where in the middle river. Or anywhere in the river. Just fast enough to get your blade to slowly spin.
    Typically a touch faster than the current.
    Using smaller blades like #4 helps/is easier to get them to spin.
     

  3. backtroller 99

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    2 ounce sinker line at a 45 degree angle and you will be close, adjust to what fish want. 2.1 mph is close to
     
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  4. 50incher

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    Ballpark anywhere from 1.8 to 2.4....think we usually do best @ 2.3....buddy was doing good last year using #3's, going a tad slower, 1.6 ?....I tied up some 3's for this year....cheers....
     
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  5. Uncle Boopoo

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    Last year we did really well on 3-4 oz bouncers in the deep water. 1.4-1.8mph. Wind direction can make a big difference too.
     
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    Very helpful video. St clair river but same technique
     
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    Good video and advice. Thank you all and stay safe
     
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    In the river, vary the speed until the fish start biting. Generally the warmer the water, the faster you go, and you’ll have to start upsizing weight to keep up. A good starting point is about 0.5 mph faster than drift speed. If they still aren’t biting when you can barely keep bottom contact with 3 oz of weight, start going slower. If you’ve got a strong wind at your back, often you’ll need to use the trolling motor to slow you down.
     
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    To get me going faster then the current, I set my minn kota on 2 setting to start. Just that bit of extra push gets the blades spinning on the harness. Then I adjust accordingly, sometimes up to a 3 1/2 or 4 setting sometimes I leave it at 2. I don't pay attention to the GPS speed because you are looking for a relative speed increase to the water speed. An as others have stated, the water speed could vary widely depending on where you are at in the river and the wind (don't forget the wind is another variable).

    Marty
     
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    1mph faster then the current speed , that speed varies everywhere on the river. No certain number, fast enough to keep blades moving is best way to do it and not go by a speed.
     
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    My speed would range from 1.1 -1.6 mph on the gps. depends on water depth, color, wind/wave, and if you use a gas or electric trolling motor.
     
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    I agree 100% gator, it's amazing how a spot can be so slack water, even when you think it shouldn't and fast in others....not that I know the actual current speed in any given "spot" lol....remember wind too....

    Drop your line over the side, see if blade is spinning,?... OK....check speed (which we couldn't do for MANY years) LOL....then use whatever weight keeps you in contact with bottom....not more, not less....more doesn't really hurt though, outside of "rod feeling", just keeps you closer to the boat, lol....

    30' or + we use 4oz....under use 2oz & up....even when your making bottom contact, speeding up or slowing down can cause strikes....esp. speeding up, even just a turn....I know I'm forgetting 1 thing, lol....OH !!….you can get them into current as well, it's a lot slower and takes a lot more time because you cover a lot less ground, but it does catch fish, just ask Bob !....

    But you know all this, no ? ;)….GOOD GRIEF let's get fishing !!….cheers wingster !....
     
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    The water on the bottom is flowing slower than the surface. Even if the blade isn’t turning at the surface, there’s a good chance it is down on the bottom.
     
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    Actually never thought about that, lol....guess it must not matter ?, as long as it's spinning.... faster is better ?....all I know is we've tried a lot of things….in the beginning, we just drifted, no depth sounder (no such thing) and with a north'ish wind we always moved faster and would like my brother likes to say "we'd drop whatever we were doing and fish" & always did better, lol....

    Later still no depth sounder, we always used the weed line/growth as an indicator of depth....because Walleye didn't bite till the lilacs bloomed (brought up from time to time) but also very real in the old days, 50'-60's-70's....and caught fish going how fast ?!?!! I have no clue....

    All just fishing and all good, imo….cheers....



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