trolling crankbaits with 1oz inlines
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 .