There are a lotta wild ideas for catching crappie out there. Some of them work…some of them don’t. This issue is all about a little tactic that really works like a charm for creating a crappie “honey hole” you can milk for months.
(Hint: sometimes the simplest things will get the best results.)
And of course… once you put this tactic to work, there’s even more stuff that will take it to the next level.
(Here are 3 out of hundreds…)
* Alan’s million dollar crappie fishing technique (I finally got him to give up his #1 secret that has NEVER failed him!)
* A deep water “drop ‘n pop” technique for easy back door catches… when everyone swears a spot is fished out
* A secret ingredient to put in your bait water that instantly transforms minnows into little crappie magnets! (In our tests, these spiced up minnows out-pull regular minnows by 3 to 1)
I’m going to use the last one to the hilt, because I’ve used it before, and it’s stunning how well it works.
This stuff has never let me down, and these guys know what they are doing.
It won’t matter what rod you use, because you’ll use this stuff to find crappie, click their brains’ into “attack mode”…and haul in the big uns…
These old school masters make it hard NOT to catch a big one. I can’t wait for you to put it to work.
Let’s dig into this tactic that will have you “catching crappie in a barrel”…
Crappie Condos are actually artificial brush piles used to attract Crappie to the area in which they are placed in. Crappie flourish in areas in which the most cover is available. Providing artificial cover should aid you in locating Crappie. Crappie condos can be built out of several materials, and are often sunk in the water using concrete.
However, before building and sinking your own Crappie condos, be sure to check with your local parks and wildlife office, as some areas and states have outlawed them. You can visit the physical office, call them, or even visit their website to obtain this information.
Build your own Crappie Condo To build this specific Crappie condo, you will need the following items: ?Old Plastic Buckets- You may have these laying around. If you cannot find any, you can buy new buckets from any local outdoors store, painting store, or department store. If you know anyone in the painting or drywall industry, try asking if that have any old buckets available.
* Bamboo- Find bamboo stalks of varying lengths. You can typically find these stalks at your local outdoors store, building supply store, or plant nursery. If you are lucky enough to be near a patch of bamboo, you can consider using those stalks, with permission from the land owner.
* Concrete or Sack Crete. A 50 pound bag will typically cost around $3.00 at your local hardware or building supply store.
Hint: you may want to consider making your Crappie condos on your boat, or near the place where you launch your boat. Depending on the size of your Crappie condo, you may find it difficult to transport the condos to the area you are sinking them.
Begin by placing about 3 inches of water in the bottom of your bucket. Mix in your concrete, but leave it a little soupy. Make sure you mix the concrete all the way through.
Cut your stalks in various lengths. Make sure to cut the stalks below a knuckle, as it will give you added support within the concrete.
Place the first stalks angled out. If you are having trouble keeping the stalks in place, set your bucket between trees or even between your porch rails.
Use rope or bungee cord to connect the stalks to these supports. This will allow you to hold these in place while placing more stalks around them.
The next stalks should be placed in various lengths and angles. The more “bushy” your Crappie condo is the more cover it will provide, and since Crappie love a lot of cover, there will be potentially more Crappie near your condo. You may also want to place a bungee cord or rope around the brush to hold it in place while the concrete dries.
Allow the concrete to dry overnight if the weather is warm, or two nights if the weather is cold. You should have already decided where you want to place your condos. Because of the sheer size of each of the condos, it may be difficult to transport more then one to the spot at once.
When you get to the point in which you want to place your condo, anchor your boat. Be careful as the shifting weight (50 plus pounds) may cause your boat to rock. Move your bucket to the edge of the boat and drop it straight down into place. Do not worry about the bucket tipping or landing wrong, because once you drop it, it will drop similar to a parachute.
You should be able to catch fish from your bamboo Crappie condo within just a few weeks of placing it.
It’s always such a pleasure sending you this newsletter.
It’s a great reason to get up early on Friday mornings because I love to talk fishing…and I love to hear (and see) what you’re catching.
I believe all fishermen have a certain bond that non-fishermen just don’t understand — and I consider it my duty to help people get more enjoyment out of fishing.
Catching lots of big crappie is one way to get lots of enjoyment out of it… but it’s really more than that.
Appreciating nature, companionship, and the thrill of the hunt… a very primal thrill…engrained into our instincts.
Get out there and enjoy every second… and I’ll be back next week with a bunch more crappie catching tips…
P.S. Get out there as soon as you can, with the right tool for the job… and I know you can kill it!
And I want to see pictures.
And when you use these old school secrets:
Hold onto your hat!