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What's the best setup/way to troll for crappie?
I don't know but I'm ready to figure it out! duck season can end anytime now so I can get my boat set up for fishing. I'm in the process of trying to design a carpeted deck that I can drop in my xpress and secure it with the accessory rails but then remove it for duck season. Also making some rod holders for spider rigging. I'm ready to catch some crappie
 

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this is the way I fixed my pole holders, works good without costing much. fine a old non-working trolling mtr. cut the motor off at the shaft and then cut it off at the handle/control. cut a piece of 3/4" sq. tubing at whatever length needed{24"-36" }, now center the tubing on the mtr. shaft where handle was. use a couple "L" brackets and screws. Now buy a couple feet of 10" pvc from a well service or plumber{scrap pcs. is fine the thicker is better} cut a 2" slice off the pvc pipe, then cut that piece in 1/2 this will give you a curved piece that you cut a notch on one end and drill a 1 1/4" { or whatever size you need for rods} on the opposite end. in the center of this rod holder drill a 1/4" hole and attach it to the 3/4" sq. tubing. the adjusting bracket on the shaft will allow you to tilt the rods up and down back and forth plus you now can use it on any boat.
 

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this is the way I fixed my pole holders, works good without costing much. fine a old non-working trolling mtr. cut the motor off at the shaft and then cut it off at the handle/control. cut a piece of 3/4" sq. tubing at whatever length needed{24"-36" }, now center the tubing on the mtr. shaft where handle was. use a couple "L" brackets and screws. Now buy a couple feet of 10" pvc from a well service or plumber{scrap pcs. is fine the thicker is better} cut a 2" slice off the pvc pipe, then cut that piece in 1/2 this will give you a curved piece that you cut a notch on one end and drill a 1 1/4" { or whatever size you need for rods} on the opposite end. in the center of this rod holder drill a 1/4" hole and attach it to the 3/4" sq. tubing. the adjusting bracket on the shaft will allow you to tilt the rods up and down back and forth plus you now can use it on any boat.

Could you post a picture of your rod holders?
 

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I don't know but I'm ready to figure it out! duck season can end anytime now so I can get my boat set up for fishing. I'm in the process of trying to design a carpeted deck that I can drop in my xpress and secure it with the accessory rails but then remove it for duck season. Also making some rod holders for spider rigging. I'm ready to catch some crappie
Me to brother! But duck season can take its time leaving...

How many poles should I normally run on a 1548 boat?

In early march, is jigs or cranks baits better to use? Ever use minnows?

Just trying to wrap my head around this before I start designing a plan for my boat.
 

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Me to brother! But duck season can take its time leaving...

How many poles should I normally run on a 1548 boat?

In early march, is jigs or cranks baits better to use? Ever use minnows?

Just trying to wrap my head around this before I start designing a plan for my boat.
I plan on taking a lot of pictures when I build my deck and starting a thread about it. As far as spider rigging, I think one person will usually use 4 poles out of the front that are 12 or 14' long. If you are trolling from the side of the boat, you would use a 14', 12', 10', and an 8' to seperate each one by a couple feet. If you have somebody to help you could run more rods, but 4 rods is all I want to deal with, then maybe have one in my hand to cast as I'm trolling.
 

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trolling for crappie

started trolling for crappie over 20 years ago,have two boats set up for trolling.get my rod holders off ebay from a guy in ga.cost 8.00 each, have 16 on one boat and 20 on the other one.i like to use 9' to 12' steelhead rods,troll a 1/32 or 1/16 oz jig tipped with small minnow and several color skirts till i find a color they seem to like best.must lakes i only troll from 2 to 6 ft deep and try to stay in about 10 ft of water or less. most years catch over 2000 good crappie,got 2699 last year.it takes awhile to find out what works best for you and the water you fish.good luck grumpy2
 

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We troll on poinset alot. Spider rig 4 poles to the right, 4 poles to the left each with 3 hooks on them. 2 people up front watching 8 lines. Live minnows on the top hook and jigs tipped with the dead ones on bottom. Then a person watching 2 poles on the back with the same set up, one on the right one on the left. Find some stump fields and hit em hard!!!!
 
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