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    Re: Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    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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    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!!!!

    Read an article on Yakima Bait today concerning Sacramento River Chinook.

    Under the on anchor section they felt the more you had in their face across their path helped improve strikes.

    I'm guessing the same would be true if trolling?

    But I still maintain most of my hits come on the outside rods! Lol

    Mike

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    Re: Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    I take advantage of every rod we can legally run, and frequently run 6 when the kids are on the boat. One thing that greatly helps prevent issues with double stacks on the downriggers and a pair of top lines is to extendable booms. The Cannon digi trolls extend to almost 6. This means that the stacked lines are almost 20 apart (6+6+8), leaving plenty of room to run two top lines directly off the transom.



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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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    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!!!!

    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!!!!

    I use four rods unless I'm solo. Put two long ones with good back bone straight out the sides and two straight out the back. Never noticed any particular best rod position for strikes.
    Here they come!

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    Re: Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    My buddy an I always run 4-rods and, yes it can be an issue with tangles, fish on crossing lines etc. But it also happens that we've had a fish bite one rod and one or more of the others also gets taken down... Double!! - Triple!!! - Quad!!!!. Not often, in fact hardly ever these days, but when it happens it's EPIC and I wouldn't want to miss that opportunity.

    This year with 4 fish in the boat and 6-7 take downs thus far, all but one or two came on one of the side rods... I'm not fish smart enough to know why.

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    Re: Trolling with Four Rods!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Waterdog View Post
    When running 4 or more rods you need the people in the boat to know exactly what to do....................
    Yes you need a good deckhand on board to help. I have a good crew of guys that I go out with.
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