I've often thought about exactly this. My boat had caught one fish off the the back rods in the last 2 years and more than a dozen off the sides. The one that did hit the back HNS the outside rod, I tacked left with the TRS and then the back rod on the same side got her. So in my book, only 1/2 fish credited to the back.

I run my side rod shallower than my back rod. My buddy runs his two about the same depth. We both still just hookup on the outside ones.

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