Re: nite crawler harness question
I tie my harnesses short. If I had to guess I would say they are around 10" from second hook to loop. IMO they become more of a hassle to store when you tie them longer. Depending on the application, I will also run a minimum of 3-4' of fluoro leader.
As far as weight, I wouldn't use slip sinkers and recommend using a fixed type of weight such as an inline, bottom bouncer, or even a 3-way rig. You can also use dipsy divers, jets, or riggers depending on the depths you are trying to hit. Remember as a VERY GENERAL rule of thumb that 1oz of weight will get you down 8-10' while trolling around 2mph.