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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-12-2015, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Trolling For Eyes On Erie

For you guys who troll for walleye on lake Erie, do any of you run flat lines? Yesterday was my first time ever up on the lake trolling and it was a little frustrating to say the least. I was running 6 rods, four dipsys and two flat lines straight out the back. I was told to run a deep diver ( something that dives 12-15 feet) and to let out 50 feet of line and rubber band a 3,4,5, ounce sinker to get me down that extra 15,20,25 feet, and to then let out a total of 100-120 feet.(I was told each ounce of weight will get me down an additional 5 feet) Is there any truth to this? The reason im asking is because we didnt get a single hit on the flat lines all day. Im a total newbie to the whole trolling for walleye on lake erie but i am ADDICTED now. We did manage to pick up one eye twenty minutes into the day and lost 2 more at the boat. All three of those were caught on dipsys trolling with renosky lures... Thanks in advance guys
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Re: Trolling For Eyes On Erie

Forgot to mention, we were fishing out of snug harbor, Conneaut Ohio.
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Re: Trolling For Eyes On Erie

We use planar boards with lead core line... Every color gets you down 4 to 5 ft...today we did well with 5 colors of lead core and shallow lures...storm and renosky... We can run 4 lines on each side plus a few dypsies in close...You can adjust depth on the lead core lines by adding or subtracting colors, adding snap wts, or going to a deep diving lure....system works well....
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Re: Trolling For Eyes On Erie

The problem with the flat lines might have been that the boat was spooking the fish... If you were running a flatline with a deep diver you were prob at 15 to 20 ft depth. It is very difficult to catch fish in the top of the water column directly behind the boat.....some guys can do it with electric trolling motors...what kind of boat/motor are you running?
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Re: Trolling For Eyes On Erie

I am fishing off of a 23 ft sea sprite with a mercruiser motor.
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Re: Trolling For Eyes On Erie

You'll need large planer boards with masts or get offshore inline planers (or something similar) to get you lines off to the side. If you can't do that (but you NEED to if you want to get serious about erie trolling) you'll want to get your flatlines WAY back there. I am talking 300 to 400 feet behind the boat. This will give the eyes a chance to normalize and fill back in after your boat passes. Planers are much more efficient, all around though.
Reef Runners, Bomber long A's, old school storms, etc. should dive 20'+ give or take a few feet when being trolled 2 to 2.5 mph. Snap weights and/or inlines are a good way to add depth and running 3-4 oz is not uncommon.

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Re: Trolling For Eyes On Erie

Everyone's input is great, and my 2 cents is that if you are serious and want to be productive trolling, buy yourself the "trolling bible". The precision trolling book. amazon has it. It's a little pricey but is very worth it and after reading it you will catch more fish trolling. I believe fishing 411's Mark Romanack is the author.
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Re: Trolling For Eyes On Erie

we were out this weekend also, ran wire and lead. the lake being flat didn't help matters dipsys did ok early with meat divers on the bords.
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+1 on the bible
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Re: Trolling For Eyes On Erie

My family is from Erie and most all the fish we caught trolling were with crawler harnesses and a weight tied in the middle. When I fished with my grandfather (not the greatest fisherman with all due respect) he would use deep divers behind the boat and we never had much luck. My friend was telling me the steelhead will get the planner boards all tangled up so that's also something to consider and we never used down riggers. If I remember correctly we went out of elk creek.
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