The big meal is a comin’!
Nothing like a big feast, football, and family, not necessarily in that order.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
You probably won’t hear from me before the big day, but I sincerely hope you are able to spend
it with friends and family you care about.
Just in case you get out fishing over the next few days. (You are making some time for your favorite hobby, right?) I wanted to talk about a few little tricks that will instantly trigger more crappie strikes off your jigs.
Today I’m going to go through each one, and I want you to USE this information the next time you go fishing for crappie.
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Now…let’s get on with this weeks tips.
Many people have trouble catching crappie on jigs, especially when the fish get sulky.
This will sound over-simplified, but the difference between going home empty, or filling a fish basket up is simply proper techniques for the prevailing conditions.
During the spawn, anyone can catch crappie, on just about anything, but in Post-Spawn mode, crappie tend to be moody and uncooperative.
Many times, they will suspend at a certain depth, without regard to cover, and refuse anything unless it just about swims into their mouth on it’s own. Here are some tricks that will boost you harvest next time.
First, let’s talk about equipment. If you are going to be a serious year-around crappie angler, there are a few thing you MUST have. You’ll need a boat, of some kind.
It needn’t be a $14,000 Tournament boat. Any dinghy, skiff, canoe, kayak, inflatable, Jon Boat, or even a Float Tube will work in many instances
I use a Kayak, Canoe and Float-Tube, myself.
You’ll need a depth-finder, but the portable units work fine. Next, the main rods you will need are crappie poles in 10′, and 12′ lengths. They can be true poles, or have reel seats. B & N makes several great models.
You need a ultra light reel and 4 lb. test Trilene. I use nothing else for crappie.
As to jig selection, you can fill a tackle box up quickly (and you no doubt will) with the plethora of different heads and bodies available, but to start with, I’d keep it simple.
Nothing outfishes the plain-old 1/16th oz. marabou jig. They come in all colors, and combinations, and are dirt-cheap. Next, I’d have a good supply of small tube jigs.
And, a good assortment of twister tails rounds out the well-equipped arsenal.
The best colors are Chartreuse and Yellow, with white being a good second choice early in the season. In murky waters, use lighter and brighter colors. At night, use all-black.
Top all this off with a good brand of scent, like Smelly Jelly, or Berkley Baitmate, in Minnow and Shad flavors.
Now, what to do with all this gear? Here are the proper techniques to use in different situations.
Still-Fish-For some reason, a lot of people think that a jig is not effective unless it’s moving. This is definitely a false assumption.
When crappie are moody, they get ultra lazy, and will refuse anything moving fast enough to have to make them expend any energy to get it.
Sometimes people fish right in the middle of a large school of crappie, and never get a hit, because they are moving the jig.
After locating a school with your depth- finder, watch them for a minute. If they are stationary, chances are they are moody.
Now is the time for still fishing a jig.
They will usually suspend near the thermo cline, which can be anywhere from 10-20′ deep in most places. Take your 12′ rod, tie a jig on the end of the line, then hold the pole straight up and down.
Let line out until the jig is even with the butt of the pole. This is all the line you need out. Now drop the jig straight down, and just let it set. Every few minutes, you can slowly move the jig around a little.
Soon, a crappie will slam the jig.
Down-Jigging – After a cold front moves through, the barometric pressure will go up, and the crappie will be uncooperative.
They will usually go to the bottom in 10′-15′ of water, with their noses tight in cover. Hover your jig about 1′ off the bottom for several seconds, then, suddenly and sharply, drop your rod tip 2-3 inches, to make the jig drop sharply.
The sudden drop often triggers strikes from fish that were too lazy to hit even a stationary jig.
Slow -Rise -When down-jigging doesn’t work, allow you jig to suspend 2-3 inches off the bottom for a few seconds, then slooooowly raise your rod tip up about a foot.
Hold it there for around 15 seconds, then sloooowly allow it to drop back down. Be ready to se the hook at anytime. Crappie will usually hit the jig on the rise, or fall.
Finger-Popping-in situations where the fish are a bit more aggressive, you can trigger strikes b grasping the line above the reel between the thumb and forefinger, With you free finger repeatedly ‘flick’ the line, making the jig ‘dance’ underwater. Any crappie watching the jig can’t resist nailing it.
High-Hopping-when crappie get inactive immediately after spawning, here is a trick to entice them a bit. Drop your line to within 2 inches of the bottom, and set it set for a few seconds.
The sharp[y pull up 2-3 feet, and let the jig fall back down. This can trigger some Vicious strikes.
Studying your quarry helps a lot. Learn about crappie habits, and use these techniques and you will seldom get ‘skunked’.
Ok, there you have it.
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!
‘Till next week…