trolling crankbaits with 1oz inlines
Why snap weights for cranks? Is leadcore not an option? Today's leadcore will give you 7ft per color on top of the depth your lure is running anyway. It is much easier to make depth adjustments on the go and dial in the feet needed to get the reaction of the fish. Snap weights have their place when it comes to crawler harnesses but cranks and snaps are not for me.
Brian Settele created an in line weight system that he patented 10 years ago that I use. The weights cannot come unsnapped when you hit bottom and are super simple to put on and off when fishing solo.
Maybe call him if interested at his guide service. I dont really have pictures available, but the system is just a weight on end of heavy gauge bent wire...you then loop your line on it in a way it can slip off when you want, but not from any other inline pull forces like a fish or snag. Pretty ingenious actually.
I prefer to use snap weights over inlines when I'm pulling cranks . Seems I can control the depth better . When I'm using spinners I normally use inlines unless the waves are very big . Then I would switch over to snap weights to keep the surging down . It really depends on how deep you are fishing . I've pulled both on Erie and Green bay . Snap weights are so much easier to use then inlines (for cranks) . I was just up on Green bay for a week and did a little practicing with inlines and cranks . Ran about 6-8 feet in between the weight and the crank . I run longer trolling rods (9 & 10 footers ) so I had no problem reeling in and netting fish . The problem came on S turns when I would stall the inside boards . The weight would drop and the lip would get full of moss or mud and the lure wouldn't run properly . Stalling the inside boards almost always will trigger bites on the stalled boards or the outside boards that speed up so I am constantly changing speeds and stalling to trigger bites . Over on Erie when I'm trolling deeper water it's not so much of a problem (harder bottom?) . Precision trolling book has depth charts for snap weights but it's more of a general (get you in the area) chart . I've found that time on the water and keeping good notes is better . Inline weights and spinners is generally every 2' of line out brings the spinner down about 1 ' (40' of line out about 20 ' down (AT 1MPH) . Wind picks up or you're going faster you'll need to let more line out to reach that 20' level . Again time on the water and keeping good notes helps me there . I was running 65' out in 30 fow and the spinners would only touch on the S turns . When I would pick those back up off the bottom is when i would get bit . Let the fish tell you what they want . I'm constantly changing speed , weights , line length , blade colors , lures til I get bit then change some more . Time on the water and experimenting makes you a better fisherman . Let us know how you do .