Fishing for crappie may seems simple, but there is always unique gears required for different fishing species. Conditions like depths, species, structure and weather produce better result when angler switches their methods. This article will break down some of the most popular techniques and strategies in order help you start catching like pro angler. Many anglers preferred to stick with one technique and become successful by being master of it, while some preferred to switch gear and tactics as per water conditions when planning for crappie fishing.
Classic Bobber & Minnow Rig
This is one of the most common and easiest way to get the crappie throughout the year.
Most of the time it is best to use a fix bobber set a foot or two above the minnow attached with number 1 or number 2 Aberdeen hook. You can either use the minnow without weight to let it swim freely or add an split shot to keep the minnow at certain depth and prevent it to swim freely here and there.
A typical long range fishing rod ranging from 7 feet for casting and 10 – 12 feet for flipping into covers works best for bobber & minnow setup.
Anglers are using jigs for getting fish in different conditions, which makes it an excellent in most of the cases. For crappie, casting and presenting vertically your jig is best way to catch crappie.
For the aggressive fish near brush piles, anglers likes to cast past your target and retrieve it with 1/16 ounce jig having soft plastic body over top of the brush pile.
If the above mentioned tactic doesn’t work for you, adjust your boat position the over the brush, then drop your jig straight down into the cover, letting it settle down in the striking zone until a crappie bites it.
Best suitable gear suggested for jigs fishing is a 6 1/2 foot medium action rod & an spinning reel with a 4 to 6 pound fluorocarbon line.
This rigging method allows you to troll jigs or minnow with 14 to 16 inches rods off the front of your boat. Anglers who using Spider rigging method must hold multiple long poles. This is the best way to catch crappie and bass.
The widely used setup of spider rigging having two jigs or minnows tied with number 1 or 2 Aberdeen hooks with different lengths above a heavy sinker.
How To Fish For Crappie With Crankbaits
The 2-inch medium-diving crankbait is a great way to catch crappies in open water. After finding schools of fish, select your favorite color and try out one for size! You can either hold it with rod holders or bring the whole package by using an extra handle on each reel seat – they work just like trolling rods but help you maintain control when casting across entire pads instead of targeting specific spots. If there are other anglers around who have chosen very similar baits as yours then stick together so everyone has plenty bait left over after catching their limit; this will make competition easier since nobody wants.