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Troll Cranks for Dog Days Crappie

Troll Cranks for Dog Days Crappie

Todd “Skippy” Hoffman began trolling for crappies after he broke his neck on the job as an ironworker 6 years ago. The injury didn’t paralyze him, but the nerves in his arms and hands were so damaged he could no longer cast a fishing rod.

The only way he could continue to catch crappies was to troll for them. What began as an act of necessity has evolved into a refined and productive fishing method.

It is hard to catch fillet-size crappies regularly on the small, heavily pressured reservoirs he fishes in southern Ohio. But he sacks them consistently by trolling crankbaits on flat lines and behind small planer boards.

He claimed that his best fishing...

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