“Sting Rays” catch crappie? YES!

Big 3 day weekend here in the good ol’ U.S of A…and I hope you’ve carved out some time to go fishin’. As always, I’ve got some sweet crappie fishin’ tips to share…just in time.

This week, 4 amazing jigs for catching crappie liked wild-fire… pay special attention to the “sting ray” bait… a proven winner! And I bet dollars to donuts it works for you too.

Speaking of awesome crappie catching strategies most guys never even hear about, check this out:

Old School Crappie Fishing Secrets From 12 Backcountry Crappie Masters!

Some of this stuff is not for the squeamish, but it’s all time tested, and proven to work because it all uses a crappie’s instincts against it.

Just 3 things out of hundreds you’ll discover:

* How to doctor up any bait (or jig) so it creates a crappie blood lust. It causes crappie to lock on to your bait and HAMMER IT… even if you are fishing next to an expert! (This unique biological trick is so simple you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it first)

* How to fish straight-tailed and curly-tailed jigs to maximize crappie catches (There’s a different technique for each of these… and most guys don’t fish either of them right)

* How to use a pill bottle and a common household item to make “catnip for crappie”… and doctor your baits with it! (Steve got the base formula from an old guy who used it to catch 78 crappie compared to Steve’s 26! Steve has since perfected his homemade “crappie catnip” formula…)

* And so much more…

Check out the rest of what these guys will show you here:

Old School Crappie Fishing Secrets From 12 Backcountry Crappie Masters!

Ok… get your rod ready, and dig into these awesome jiggin’ tips…


All types of anglers all over the nation love to fish for crappies. They are a fun species because they are easy to catch but at the same time, they make it interesting by putting up a decent struggle for their size.

This is why both the novice and the experienced anglers enjoy reeling them in. Plus, they can be found in all types of waters just about everywhere. Therefore, you can find this species no matter where you live.

Using jigs to fish for crappie is extremely popular because they work so well. They are rated the most reliable lure to use when seeking out this species. It’s the one lure that all anglers should carry with them each time they go fishing so, it’s considered an essential piece of gear.

Jigs come in many different sizes and colors and they can be used in all types of water from the clear to the dark murky waters. Jigs can also be used at any depth making them even more versatile.

When fishing with jigs, it’s recommended that you always use the lightest one possible.

You’ll be using the smallest ones available when fishing for crappies anyway but always go for the lightest as well because it will make a difference.

There are many different types of jigs available but there are a few of them that seem to get more attention when fishing for crappies than others such as the ones listed below.

4 Crappie Fishing Jigs:

1. Tube Jigs – Tube jigs are designed with a tapered head that helps to hold the tube skirt on reducing the wear and tear on the skirts. Reel in the tube jig very slowly for the best results and it’s recommended that you use them with extra long rods. These help you get the jig in the strike zone easier. You can change the skirt often until you find the color that works the best and it’s fast and easy to do so you’re not wasting a lot of time switching off.

2. Sting Ray Grub – The Sting Ray grub is an excellent crappie jig that gets results. It was first introduced in the 60’s and has been widely used every since. This jig don’t wiggle around like other types but it will hop and bounce around off the bottom of the lake or river in which you’re fishing and dart around in an erratic manner that gets attention. Rigging the tail vertically will cause it to drop straight down, which is excellent when fishing in deep waters. You’ll get more unpredictable movement when you rig the tail horizontally.

3. Bucktail Jig – The bucktail jig is one of the most basic jigs but they are effective when fishing for crappies. The weedless bucktail is excellent for fishing in heavy brush and similar areas where the crappies are plentiful.

4. Curlytail Grub Jigs – The curlytail grub is another popular jig that can be used with a variety of techniques. Due to its curly tail this jig will wiggle around making it look even more natural and it works great for slow retrievals.

There are many different types of jigs that can be used to catch crappies and since they can be unpredictable at times, variety is good. Every angler should have a variety of colors to experiment with in order to always have something that can attract the crappie, even when they are being finicky. Jigs can be simple in design or very complex. They can be cheap or expensive and some of them are even scented to attract more fish.

When fishing for crappies you need different colors to use in different depths and water conditions. Therefore, variety is obviously a big plus that gives you more options than live baits. This is one of the reasons why so many anglers prefer to use jigs over live bait.

Another reason is because they are not as messy and you don’t have to worry about keeping them alive throughout the duration of the fishing trip.

Learning how to use jigs correctly will make a big difference when you’re trying to improve your fishing skills. Presentation is everything because no fish species will go after any type of bait that does not act naturally.

That’s why it’s recommended that you spend as much time as you can practicing until you learn how to do it correctly. Practice makes perfect, even in fishing.

The more you learn about jigs the easier it will be to see why they are so popular and why most all experienced anglers carry along a variety of them. If you haven’t ever used jigs in the past, it’s time to give them a try.

They are a great option when it comes to reeling in more crappies. Many times, they can entice them to strike when nothing else will.


You know…here’s my plan on Saturday, and maybe it will work for you too. We’re doing a memorial day barbecue this Saturday (tomorrow). I’m going to get all my honey do’s out of the way tonight…get to bed around 10pm…then up before dawn. And I’m out to the lake for a solid morning of fishing. Then…back home to the food, family, friends…and of course a few cold ones.

That’s what I call FUN.

Hope you get a chance to enjoy, and try the fishing tips above…

And of course, all the wild, wacky, and amazingly effective family secrets here:

Old School Crappie Fishing Secrets From 12 Backcountry Crappie Masters!

All the best to you and yours…

Gone Fishin’,

Bob Cross

Easy tricks to “blow away” average crappie fishermen…

Ah… good ol’ Friday is here again, my old friend. And this week, I’m serving up a solid dose of crappie fishing tricks you can use to make everyone else jealous!

That’s right.

The average crappie fisherman won’t be able to touch you. The key is to pick ‘n’ choose a few of these to test in your favorite spots. Don’t try to do it all at once. And don’t let the article fool you. The “average crappie fishermen” isn’t doing 10% of the stuff below.

Before I start, just look at a few of the other secrets my buddies are using:

Old School Crappie Fishing Secrets From 12 Backcountry Crappie Masters!

…to “lazer focus” on crappie…

* How to “attach” an unbeatable color combination to any Marabou jig, for a wickedly effective presentation they can’t resist.

* A common bass presentation that drastically increases your odds of catching trophy-sized crappie in sunny, clear water conditions. (Hint: this works like a charm because of how natural light reflects off of it underwater.)

* The amazing “crappie pulling” technique any serious fisherman can use to almost guarantee a crappie limit — for everyone on the boat! (Joel got this from pro crappie fishing guru Roger Gant… but you must be in a boat with at least 3 people for it to work.)

…and there are hundreds more, and this stuff will give you an edge you wouldn’t believe.

Nobody is using this stuff because these guys have been in the backwoods for years. And when you’re catching fish for survival, you don’t give up your best stuff.

Well… they did for me.

You’ll get the full story why here:

Old School Crappie Fishing Secrets From 12 Backcountry Crappie Masters!

Here are the crappie catching tricks for this week:


Crappie fishing is very popular partly because they are one of the easiest species to catch. They are the perfect species for all types of anglers because they provide enough of a challenge to make it exciting but anyone can reel them in. They don’t require as much skill as some of the other species and you can use even the simplest of gear to catch them.

Crappies are found all over the nation in all types of lakes and rivers so no matter where you live, there is sure to be crappies in your area. The fact they are so abundant and can be caught most any time of the year is another reason why they are so popular. They are a fairly small fish that averages around one or two pounds.

They are often called papermouth because their mouths are so thin that if you pull the line too hard when setting the hook, it will pull right through.

4 Useful Crappie Fishing Tips To help make all of your crappie fishing trips a more fun and exciting one, here are 4 crappie fishing tips that can be very useful:

1. Learn as much about this simple fish as you can. For instance, crappies are a school fish so they always travel in groups. Therefore, when you get that first bite, there will most likely be many more behind it. Crappies do move around a lot so having an idea of where they will be located during each season will help you find them faster.

2. Anywhere there are structures located in the water makes the perfect place for vegetation to grow. Where there is vegetation, there will be crappies because all types of baitfish will be hiding out in these areas and the crappie will be seeking them out.

3. When crappie fishing, depth is very important because crappies are depth sensitive. Therefore, they seem to stay at the same depth throughout the lake or river where you’re fishing no matter where you are on the body of water. Once you find that depth, you will be more productive.

4. Jigging is one of the most popular methods to use when fishing for crappies because it makes it easy to reach the depth you need each time you drop your line. When jig fishing for crappies, it’s recommended that you use different color jigs to match your surroundings. The color you use will depend on the type of water you’re fishing in, the depth and the time of day. In most conditions, chartreuse, red and green work very well but you can experiment with different colors until you find the one that works in your specific situation.

Basic Crappie Information

Here is a basic guideline that you can go by to help you determine which color would be the best in different situations. Water will have a greenish color after you get down about three to five feet but the deeper you go it will begin to turn blue again.

Due to this color change a pattern was created that works very well. Use reddish color lures in shallow water then as you go deeper try orange, yellow, green, blue and black. White colors seem to work well in any depth.

Young crappies feed on insects and as they age they begin eating baitfish.

Some of the best baits to use to catch crappies are minnows and it doesn’t matter if you use live or artificial ones, they will respond to both. Some of the other baitfish they are attracted to includes crickets, grasshoppers, worms, crustaceans and maggots. Spinnerbaits, small poppers and streamers are also great options when fishing for this species.

Crappies can be unpredictable sometimes so it’s always a good idea to have a variety of lures and jigs with you each time you go out. The more variety you have the easier it will be to find something that the crappie will be interested in. This will help to make each fishing trip more productive and exciting. After all, the whole point of going fishing is to relax and reel in as many fish as you can.

The more experienced you become the more you’ll begin to see how everything affects the way crappies and other fish species respond, even the weather and the temperature of the water.

Crappies can see better in cold water so you should use smaller fishing lines and hooks to prevent them from seeing your gear and being scared away.

When the crappies spawn in the spring they can be found in slow moving shallow water around structures where they can build their nest. In the fall, the crappies don’t swim together in large groups like they do other times of the year. They may still be in small groups but they are more spread out than usual and in the winter they will go to deeper waters.


Yep…the average fishermen does “some” of the stuff above. But not all of it. Not even close. Maybe 1 or 2 things at best.

So… how do you get a leg up on everyone else?

Do more of it.

And of course, test this stuff:

Old School Crappie Fishing Secrets From 12 Backcountry Crappie Masters!

You’ve got 12 months to put it all to the test.

See you next Friday.

Gone Fishin’,

Bob Cross

P.S. Things are going to start heatin’ up soon…and the game will change once again.

I’ve been writing this fishin’ “rag” for 2 years now… and I’ve been picking up more tips and tricks each and every year.

Get ready for some great summer tactics!