Another big storm… and another weekend of huddling up indoors waiting for things to clear up. At least I can day dream… when I’m not fishing, I’m thinking about fishing… researching different techniques and strategies. It’s not as good as the real thing, but it does get me excited, especially when I find something new to test.
‘Course it’s true that most new stuff I find out about doesn’t work nearly as well as the claims…whether it’s a technique, strategy, or piece of tackle. Once in awhile you discover something that changes the game entirely, and takes your crappie fishing to another level.
And of course, there’s many more sneaky crappie catching secrets and tactics you can test in your local spots as well.
Just check it out:
As you “absorb” all that these good ol’ boys have discovered about catching crappie…
…think about what would happen if you unleashed just a few of these in your local spots?
There are HUNDREDS that will be available at your fingertips once you grab your package.
Here are just 3 I highly recommed:
* The pure white jig that outperforms every other by almost double… but only during a certain 3 weeks of the year!
* How to make your jigs irresistible to crappie in clear water (WARNING: do NOT do this in cloudy water, or you won’t get a single bite)
* How to fill your bucket with 2-3 pound crappie using Catfish Charlie’s “instant hookup” jig secret
Check out what some very happy crappie fishermen are catching with this stuff here:
Now time to get into the Friday crappie slammin’ tips… enjoy!
The way an angler sets up his or her crappie fishing rigs is a personal decision, and there are several ways to do so. However, depending on who you ask, there are preferred ways to rig up your pole for crappie fishing.
What are some of the more preferred ways to set up crappie fishing rigs to catch the most and largest slabs? If you are having a bad day, you may want to try some rigs that many anglers consider last resort crappie fishing rigs. These include the Texas rig, the Carolina rig, and the floating rig.
While these are excellent choices for catching bass, these can be helpful on days when the crappie aren’t biting.
The Texas rig is a plastic bait rig.
You use a line, hook, and sinker, rigging the sinker on the line with the point of the weight facing up. Tie an off-set worm hook to the end of the line, and put your plastic bait on the hook. Because of its weight, the Texas crappie fishing rig is an appropriate choice when fishing pockets, especially in the winter when you’ll find schools of crappie buried deep within these pockets to shelter from the extreme cold.
The Carolina crappie fishing rig requires a main reel line, a barrel swivel, somewhere around six feet of leader line, a weight, a brass (or glass) bead or rattle chamber, and a hook. While there are a lot of parts and pieces involved, it’s definitely worth using, as it will achieve results every time.
Take the leader line (use tester line rated at least 2 pounds less than your main line for best results) and tie one end to an end of the barrel swivel.
Set this aside and take the main line on your reel, putting on the weight first (perhaps a ½ ounce bullet or egg sinker) and following with a rattle.
Tie the end of the main line to the remaining end of the barrel swivel, and tie your hook to the other end of your leader line, leaving you with about a three or four foot leader line.
Bait the hook, and you are ready to go.
This type of crappie fishing rig is the most appropriate to use when working a downward slope that can range from about three feet in depth to about twenty feet because it allows you to stay in contact with the bottom of the lake.
While the Texas rig may work in such a situation, it will lift further from the bottom in deeper waters, making the Carolina rig the most sensible option. In thick grasses, while any of these options will work, the Carolina rig will provide the best results.
The floating crappie fishing rig is probably the most productive on a dry day.
When all else fails, the floating rig is simple to set up and quick to get a bite. Use a small barrel swivel and a hook. Use about three feet of your main line as a leader line, with one end of the leader line tied to the barrel swivel. Tie your main line to the remaining end of the barrel swivel, and tie your hook (try a light wire worm hook) to the opposing end of the leader line, leaving about one foot of leader line to work with.
You won’t use a weight at all with these crappie fishing rigs. You want the rig to have a lot of buoyancy, so don’t use a heavy bait, either – stick with floating worms and plastic artificial baits.
One big advantage of this type of rig is that it is good to use around rocky areas, dams, and levees because it is light enough to float around the obstructions and doesn’t easily become caught or lodged.
It allows for a slow presentation to the crappie, with great results even in forested areas and surfaces thick with vegetation.
So who cares about fishing in the cold? As long as keep as warm as possible, and are armed with the strategies above… no need to wait until spring!
I’d love to hear about some of your crappie catches…
‘Till next week…
P.S. By the way, did you know many of these secrets work like gangbusters, no matter how cold the water is?
These bring the biggest crappie to your “doorstep” in almost any conditions: