Your not handicapped, because I am also having a hard time. Unless we are both mentally challenged lolLou K,
Can you post a picture of what you are discribing there? I'm having a tough time visualizing what you are trying to tell us. Sorry I"m a little mentally handicapped I guess. LOL. Thanks.
Can you post a pic of this rig ?Single hook rig is the best way to go. I don't want to come off as a know it all, but if you switch to this method, you will never go back to crappie rigs, spreaders, etc.
Tie a 18" to 24" leader - insert barrel sinker 3/4 ounce or 1 ounce...rough days or deep water use 2 barrel sinkers. Tie leader barrel swivel to main line and use the bottom swivel for a #2 perch hook.
The barrels will go back and forth between the swivels and create a clicking sound as you drop the rig to the bottom and pull up off bottom and drop back on bottom to entice a bite. This rig allows you to feel if your minnow is still on the hook due to the drag it creates, you won't miss as many fish in a vertical position as the spreader tips to one side when you have a bite, plus it is faster to get up and then back down when fishing one hook keeping the feeding frenzy going. Try it and you will never switch back.