Winter ain’t over yet. Just hit a cold streak out west… and I’m guessin’ it’s still pretty darn cold in most areas of North America.
So today, some more tips ‘n’ tricks on catching crappie…many of which can be used in the cold with huge success. (Yep, you can use these “soft plastics” for cold weather fishin’…)
So take the tips below and get at least 1 crappie fishing trip in before spring breaks… you’ll be glad you did!
You’ll also be glad when you have guys like this to lean on when you need an old school “crappie fishin’ breakthrough”.
The tricks and secrets contained inside can quickly catapult you to “top dog” status at your local spots. It’s up to you if you let the other guys in on how you’re doing it, or not…
Just 3 out of hundreds of powerful crappie bangin’ tactics included:
* An amazing jig, combined with a special “flip, swing, pop” technique, that suckers the biggest crappie to bite almost instantly (especially around lily pads) (This secret works so well Carlton BEGGED his best friend to tell him by calling repeatedly at 1am!)
* How to use your BOBBER to create the perfect “noise” that attracts crappie like wild! (This powerful technique works best if you aren’t getting any bites – for almost immediate strikes!)
* How to jig chicken feathers one inch ABOVE THE WATER for “arm-breaking” flying crappie attacks! (Wait ’till your buddies see this…)
* And over 100 more…
You can’t find this stuff anywhere else. In fact, it was like pulling teeth to get these old guys to spill the beans on their best family crappie catching secrets.
Luckily, a little coin loosened their tongues… and once they got going, they couldn’t stop…
Ok…let’s dig into the crappie fishing tips for this week.
Go get ‘em.
One of the things that make crappie fishing so popular is the fact that they can be caught by using most any type of baits. Many anglers use live baits when fishing for crappies because these usually have some great results. Minnows and worms are the best live baits used for crappies. But live baits are not the only thing that will attract this species. Soft plastic lures can get the attention of the crappies and entice them to strike just as well as live bait. This is especially true when they are presented correctly.
Many anglers prefer using these lures because they are so much more convenient than using live baits. You don’t have to worry about a special place to store them to keep them alive, they’re not as messy and they can be used over and over again so you don’t have to buy or catch your bait before heading out to the water. Soft plastics lures are a great choice for the novice angler because they are easier to learn with than using live baits would be.
Another huge advantage to using soft plastics lures would be the selection. Technology has made it possible to create lures that are so life-like that at first glance, it’s difficult to tell the difference between them and the real thing. Crappies can see very good but an artificial lure that resembles their natural food source presented correctly, will still capture their attention and entice them to take the bait.
Choosing the Right Lures Soft plastic lures are designed especially to attract certain types of fish. Some are created for bass fishing, some are designed to reel in the walleye and still others are made specifically for the crappies. Take this into consideration when you’re choosing the lures for your next fishing adventure and pick the ones that will appeal the most to the crappies.
Here is a list of the best soft plastics that work for crappie fishing: Worms Minnows Soft Plastic Jigs Craws Grubs Lizards Tube Jigs Shad Frogs Swimbaits Keep in mind that all of these lures come in an assortment of sizes and colors plus many variations of each. This means that there are literally hundreds of soft plastic crappie lures to choose from. This makes it easy to collect an assortment that will work in most any type of water or weather condition.
Choosing the right color to use for the type of fishing conditions is very important. Since the crappies can see so well, the color of the lure needs to match their natural environment in order to attract them. Some basic rules to follow would be to use bright colors when fishing on sunny days, dark colors at night and neutral colors like white can be used most anytime. Different colors should be used for different depths as well.
It’s recommended that you carry a variety of different lures with you on each fishing trip.
As you may already know, the crappie can be very picky at times so you never know what they will be in the mood for when you head out. By having different colors, styles and sizes on hand you can switch around until you discover which one is getting the most bites. This way, you can get the most out of all your fishing trips.
Tips for Presenting Soft Plastic Lures:
There are many soft plastic lures that are excellent when it comes to crappie fishing but the lure itself is not enough to get the results you want. Your presentation is the main thing that will make the difference between a successful fishing trip and one where you end up going home disappointed. Your main concern is to make the lure move in a way that resembles the real thing.
When the bait is moving backwards or flying through the water at unbelievable speeds, the crappies are not going to strike at it. In fact, they are sure to swim away as fast as they can.
Practice reeling in the lure at different speeds and try different techniques until you find the ones that get the best results. Learn a little about the type of lure you are using and this will help you know how it should move in order to resemble the real thing. The more you practice, the easier it will be for you to mimic the movements so you can capture the attention of the crappies easier and faster.
Soft plastics lures are some of the best inventions ever made. They are simple to use and they work great. The next time you go crappie fishing, give one or two of the soft plastics listed above a try. Most likely, you will be pleased with the results. Have a great time reeling in those crappies!
Take some of this stuff, and all the unique, unusual, strike-triggering crappie tips here:
…and go catch ‘em till your arms break.
Then, email me pictures of what you got, and tell me how you caught ‘em.
Can’t wait to hear how you do.
“See” you next week.
Have a good one!