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  1. I have a 2002 Merc 135 Optimax with stainless prop and it will troll down to 1.8 mph or so at about 560 rpm's but the motor is not really designed for trolling. I use it pretty much only for getting from place to place. I can use it for trolling into significant wind if I have to but if done for extended periods of time it will load up and you can tell it by the "carbon" smell when it is blown out afterward. I have a 9.8 Tohatsu for trolling and that is what I use 99.9 percent of the time and a 9.9 Johnson before that. My thinking since buying the 135 Opti and boat new is that I want to extend the life of the engine so very little trolling with it has been done.

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  2. Ugh! Yes no fail proof way to get them off but easier on wire. I keep some paint stirring sticks or cut up rulers with a three inch piece of heavy duty velcro (the rough part of it) at the business end to help scrape them off....helps. The roller tips help bunch them up at the tip too.


  3. Ah the spineys usually look like "prickly pears" while the fishhooks usually ;look like cotton wood and turn grey and smell to high heaven  and are hardest to get off the line. The spineys can usually be removed easier.

  4. Of the three weights the fish shape will probably track straightest

    15 to 50 ft for spoons, 4 - 15 ft for flashers or attractrors with fly or spoon depending on circumstance, targeted fish, depth run,  etc.  I usually shorten the lead the deeper I go.

    Deepest lines usually should be closest to boat but that may not be the riggers; wire divers may be your deepest again depends on circumstances and what you are targeting and running for lures etc..

    Easiest way to run multiple lines from riggers is to use sliders. It has been covered multiple times on here so may want to search for the info.


    I'm sure others may have other ideas or different info but this is off the top of my head for starters.

  5. I'm with Frogger and Longline. Not sure how much weight you are running but maybe also going a bit heavier and go with a torpedo or shark shape as they will resist fanning out more horizontally. The round cannonball type in the lower weight range especially had a tendency to do that and even spin around in strong current sometimes depending on what you were running for a setup. I ran them for over thirty or more years and since switching to the shark type and torpedos have never looked back and have zero problems with them. My Black releases have always been on the cable itself. In the old days when I tried hooking up to back of the weight itself and ran an attractor of any type the blowback was awful; not so when run from the cable. I'm talking about weights in the 8-12 lb range (common in previous years) and I believe the heavier weights used today (15-20 pounds) may be a different story.

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