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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-22-2012, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Do you fish them like a jig, or a spinner and are they productive
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Re: crawler harnesses

depending on depth, you can run them off a bottom bouncer while trolling.
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Re: crawler harnesses

Thanks guys ill have to give them a try
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Re: crawler harnesses

I mostly use them drifting. They work much better with some wind drift compared to a still day. If it is too calm I slow troll. Try to keep them near the bottom. If you troll them make sure you use a swivel.
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Re: crawler harnesses

Can anyone give me a brief description on how to rig your line for slow-trolling crawler harnesses? I was planning to give them a try next year in Quebec, the spots on the lake I fish usually hold walleye at about 10-15 feet down. I've always used Rapalas to troll in the past.

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Re: crawler harnesses

It depends on what equipment you have and how deep. I have trolled them off of downriggers (good depth control) but I am sure I miss some bites this way. I tie my harnesses with size 2 wide-gap hooks to get a better hookup ratio. Recently, I have been other lures instead of harnesses when I am trolling because the harnesses have to be trolled very slowly (like 1 to 1.5 mph). There will also be short strikes on them at times and sometimes a third hook will make a difference.

I think the most common method of trolling them is off of a three-way swivel. On the bottom ring of the swivel you tie a length of monofilament (12-18") and tie a bank or walking sinker at the end of it. The weight should be adjusted for depth but a 3/4 oz to 1 oz is a good starting point for 15' depths with medium line and a medium trolling speed.
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Thanks for the tip!!

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Re: crawler harnesses

We used them in Quebec this year. Hooked them to a 1 ounce bottom bouncer and trolled them. We also used Rapalas on the bottom bouncers and did better with them. Depending on what you are using for bait (crawler, leech...), make sure you get the right harness. Harness with 3 hooks works best for crawlers and make sure the crawler is strait. They expand quite a bit when trolled.
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Re: crawler harnesses

DFP mentioned he did better trolling Rapala minnows. I have had similar results. I really like crawler harnesses when drifting and I usually start out that way. My biggest walleye have come on harnesses. But when I start trolling I normally switch lures. I have had some success with rapala minnows and thundersticks, etc. but my favorite trolling lure is a michigan Stinger spoon in the scorpion size. I run them of of downriggers and troll the fast by walleye standards - around 2.5 mph. When you get a take the fish stay hooked.

Some people will say I am crazy using riggers but they can be used even in somewhat shallow water. I have had luck running the 8 feet down in 12' of water, etc. You can certainly get by without them but if you have downriggers give them a try. Also, jet divers are a good product. I prefer them to trolling weights.

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