Only my second year trolling cranks. I noticed a lot of what I think are short hits. I would see a board go back and then it would do nothing there would be nothing there, my question is can I do anything to stop or reduce this?
Are you trolling with braid or mono line? If you are using braid, try switching to mono on a couple of rods, and see if that solves your problem. Also, be sure your hooks are real sharp. I hope this helps ya.
also alot has to do with speed, if your going slow the fish can shake or spit out the lure and the hooks wont set due to slower speeds, trust me we all have missed alot of fish due to that factor, the only other thing you can do is when you see that board starting to move pick up that rod and have tension on it
Tired post spawn walleye tend to short strike it's because they are just flat out negative and tired and they are just nipping the bait and not hitting it with convication. When it happens to you it happens to everyone, believe me I've taken notes on this. Yesterday was one of those days, the ones we did land fell off in the net and were barely hooked and had a couple chinned as well. Pre spawn fish last weekend in colder water were crushing it. It's what negative walleye do! One thing you can do is drop the bait back to them they will often hit it again (expecially HJ's since they suspend) they will also hit a short hit spinner that you feed back to them as well.
We brought in maybe 15 post spawn females today that fought like all they cared about was getting the bait out of their grill!! Most had 1 piece of the back treble in the front jaw! Like k said sometimes it just happens!! I find on short strike days switching to
Ur mono rods helps
We call them "swings and misses". It happens anytime you are slow trolling. The less aggressive fish come up behind the lure and want to investigate it. They come in real close and sometimes the Reef will kick out and wack them in the face, stickin a hook into the side of their head. They react with a big head shake and are gone. You see the board jump back a foot and that's it.
Or they push on the lure with their head and get hooked on the outside of the mouth. The board goes back (maybe 10') and just about the time you reach for the rod the fish kicks hard, gets slack line and releases himself.
The best you can do is, get on the rod and put some pressure on the fish as soon as possible.
If you're reaching for the rod when you see the board shot forward, release the free spool and let the board float back while you count off 4 seconds. Sometimes they'll attack the lure more aggressively. We call these fish come-backers (this works better with harnesses).
When we were casting, some days half the fish were come-backers.