Square Bill Problems
Posted April 27 2012 - 11:09 AM
The only thing that was bothering me was when I was fishing square bills in 4-6 feet of water. After about half the cast they were digging into the mud on the bottom. Now once they dig the bottom the hooks immediately pick up some kind of moss or algea and lose there action. Now the remander of the retrieve becomes ineffective. I bought KVD 1.5, H2O(rattle & non rattle), 6th Sense, and now the Rapala DT 3. I bought the DT 3 because its rated to go no deeper then 3 feet. I figured this would be perfect but that wasnt the case. Even the DT 3 would dig the bottom in 5 feet of water. I even went as far as checking the depth by dropping a lure straight to the bottom and measuring how much line went down to see if my depthfinder was off. It was reading correct, 5 feet on the depthfinder and 5 feet on the physical check.
So yesterday I decided to buy some new line. I figured that had to be it. I went with mono over floro obviously because of the buoyancy. I spooled up 12lb Seaguar Senshi(.011 diameter) and tied on the DT 3. Now here is the strange part to me. With this new line it only took me a few cranks to start digging into the bottom in 5 feet of water. It dug right away with the rod down and with the rod parallel to the water.
Now the only thing I can think of is that most of these squarebills run deeper then what the specs say they do? I would never imagine that something that seems to simple could become so complicated. Can someone recomend a good square bill that runs no deeper then 3ft for me please? 2-3 feet would be ideal for me in this area. I have the Manns Baby - 1 but would like something to go a little deeper so I can bounce off the cover. Any suggestions on what brand/lb test line I could use to make these things run to spec? Or any other suggestions to help solve the problem would be appriciated.
Posted April 27 2012 - 11:24 AM
1) use thicker line. Cranks dive deeper with narrower line, and shallower with thicker line
2) raise/lower your rod tip to help control dive depth. In this case, keep raising your rod tip until you get the desired bottom contact
3) get a shallower running crank
Posted April 27 2012 - 11:34 AM
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Posted April 30 2012 - 07:40 PM
Recently I've been fishing the 1.5s and 2.5s in 1.5-3ft of water packed with grasses. I keep my reel at my face level with rod tip at 11o'clock, just enough depth to tick threw the top 3-5" of grass. When I feel the wobble cease I give it a nice POP and free it up. When the grasses are closer to the surface on slack tide I will throw the Mann's SB's
Posted April 30 2012 - 08:35 PM
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