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1 hour ago, Walleyedmike said:

Great articles RPS! Has been a while since I first read them. Might have been on the old Stockton Lake Forum?? Anyway, back then I tied several harnesses like Chucks. Next time I get to Stockton, I'm gonna try one again.


Yes. I posted there. I miss Marty and I haven't seen Scott in years.


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I also use flipping reels. A left hand and right hand. That way I can hold both rods if it gets deeper flipping switch, shallower use my knees to crank. Power Pro with mono here as it floats along with the floats on the spinners. 1 1/2 weights mostly. With second person fishing in back 2oz in front and 1 1/2 in back. When bouncing I use transom lss to watch bouncers. My 2 cents

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On 5/20/2021 at 11:41 AM, Smithvillesteve said:

Great info here boys! I have just started using the bottom bouncer technique and have caught a few. Still learning. 2 questions Lmtout:

1) you claim you use half a worm. So do i. I cut off the 2nd hook on the setups i buy. Do you use 2 hooks with half a worm on each?

2) I bought a used boat about 2 months ago. I went to Stockton last week and used my Minnkota Terrova 24 volt trolling motor into a light wind. I went down to one light on the tester pretty quick, 2 hours. Had to go to 4.5 to 6.5 on foot pedal to maintain 1.0 to 1.2 mph. What kind of batteries do you use and do they last all day? Can you recommend the qualities i need in a Interstate lead core battery? Amp rating? Reserve Capacity? My monies are limited so I cant afford the expensive batteries. 

thanks for the info boys. Great to see you at the OA tournament RPS. 


I've had pretty good luck with Everstart 29DCs from Walmart. $100 and you can get them anywhere. Batteries aren't what they used to be, seems like you're lucky to get a couple seasons out of them, regardless of the price.

I've got two 29DCs and a Terrova 80 and can pull cranks all day at 2MPH on speed 5-7. 

For heavy trolling you really want some stout batteries, no smaller than 27s. 29s or 31s are ideal IMO.


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On 5/18/2021 at 12:56 PM, Teeshirtslave said:

When bottom bouncing,  do you see a difference between electric trolling motor,  or using outboard?   I guess the root of my question is does the sound of the outboard motor affect your success? 

I'll have to say I've only been walleye fishing once in my life and it was up in Canada and we would bottom bounce for them in 6'-10' of water using the outboard to troll with and it didn't spook the fish at all on a remote lake that doesn't see many boats.  Not sure if Missouri fish spook easier but I wouldn't think so with the boat traffic on our lakes.

-- Jim

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. -- Doug Larson

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