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    Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    I have been with those that troll 4 rods, I have seen lots of Videos of guys trolling 4 rods. So what i'm getting at is: It seams just about every time, its the outside rods that get hit. Anyone catch any thing on the Back Rods? Plus with 4 cut plugs swinging a 3' circle, seams like way to much going on in such a small area? I have done way better with just 2 outside rods!!! Your Thoughts!!! Robbie

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    Re: Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    I usually run 4 rods with my boat.

    Spinners, cut plugs, kwikfish, and flatfish with no dodgers/flashers.

    Have fished with friends in their boats using 4 rods with cut plugs, dodgers/flashers.

    I have to agree the majority of the hits/fish have come on the outside rods.

    I guess sticking with 4 rods makes me feel like I'm increasing our chances???

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    Re: Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    Food for thought, a lot of guys up north tend to run longer rods, on the front 9'-10'6" at almost 90 degrees, then their inside rods are leaned back. Figure you got a 8' gunnel width, that's giving you some pretty good spread on the outside rods, time your rods load a little, with some decent spread between offerings.
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    Re: Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    Hmmm, interesting. I've run 3 or 4 rods when I've had some extra folks along and those particular days it was the inside rods that got all the hits. Ya got me.

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    Re: Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    I run 4-5 rods all the time and the bites come on any of the rods. The back rods I'll run the line out further then the outside rods. The fifth rod in the middle will be the furthest one out. I stagger all the line length by 15-20 feet.
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    Re: Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    I agree as I think about it almost all my salmon have been on outside rods, not sure why that is. When running 4 or more rods you need the people in the boat to know exactly what to do when you get a fish on or a snag, especially in the delta and rivers. I also find running 4 rods on a lake isn’t usually a problem but running 4 rods in the delta during salmon season with the zillion other boats and crowded conditions out there is a hassle I generally don’t want to deal with.
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    Re: Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hookem2004 View Post
    I run 4-5 rods all the time and the bites come on any of the rods. The back rods I'll run the line out further then the outside rods. The fifth rod in the middle will be the furthest one out. I stagger all the line length by 15-20 feet.
    That is some good info. I run 4 rods off my Crestliner with a wide beam and I was always wondering what a good rule of thumb would be for staggering the length to avoid fouling of lines. What recommendations if I'm trolling Silvertrons compared to Kwikfish?

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    Re: Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    I always run 2 rods for each person on the boat..never fish more than 3 on the boat but running 6 is no problem as long as everyone is familiar with the program regarding hookups and snags..2 rods out the back lighter weights longer setbacks...2 out the side medium weights..2 toward the front(midway) of the boat..longer/faster action rods with heavier weights and shorter setbacks...boat traffic and wind sometimes makes it a hassle and we'll downscale but during normal conditions no problem..more hooks in the water more chances one of em will find a fish

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    Re: Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    The outside rods getting hit more while trolling makes sense to me. I imagine as the boat passes over they naturally move away, more so the closer they are to the boat.

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    Re: Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Koke Machine83 View Post
    I have been with those that troll 4 rods, I have seen lots of Videos of guys trolling 4 rods. So what i'm getting at is: It seams just about every time, its the outside rods that get hit. Anyone catch any thing on the Back Rods? Plus with 4 cut plugs swinging a 3' circle, seams like way to much going on in such a small area? I have done way better with just 2 outside rods!!! Your Thoughts!!! Robbie
    I've caught one this year on my back rod

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