Sunday, September 8, 2013

Landing Crappie in the Summer Months


I went on one of my classic crappie fishing trips this week in Mississippi with my brother. We were using the Spider Fishing technique, which my brother has perfected to the next level, when it comes to landing crappie. We both thought it was going to be extremely slow, because of the time of year, because one doesn’t land that many crappie in the summer months. Fall, spring and winter are your better months.

 
This boat is the perfect vessel to spider fish from. Notice the rod holders in the back and front. For ease of fishing my brother added two high back arm rest seats that will enable you to fish all day without tiring. Four long 11 ft. poles out back and four from the front, all are rigged with the color jig that my brother has determined will attract the hit for this time of year. I have my own personal guide and get to fish from one unique boat rigged to the tilt for this type fishing.
 
First crappie of the morning on a black/purple tube jig tipped with a crappie nibbet, a killer combination. Notice the rods out front. This is the easier fishing I have ever tried; because all one has to do is sit and watch the tip of the rod. When the tip goes under you simple play the fish down and boat it.
 
Another nice slab on the purple tube jig; these fish are not only fun to catch, but the table fare is unreal.
 
The only crappie on the crayfish color, everything else was on the dark colored jigs. Yes color does make a difference especially on slow days in the summer.
 
The shallow part of this lake is still cover with lily pads all along the edges and in the back. The Legion spent 11,000.00 to eliminate the pads in the early spring with no success. They are discussing distributing a herbicide on the pads which is suppose to kill them for good.
 

These are part of the group of 16 we kept to dress for a big fish fry later in the fall. I think the crappie is best of the best when it comes to eats mixed with fries, slaw, hush puppies and of course ice cold tea or your favorite brew.
 


14 comments:

penbayman said...

A great outing and an even better future meal!

Kevin Frank said...

I still haven't tried crappie yet. It's strange that a fish with a reputation for tasting good would be named crappie.

Brk Trt said...

Bill I can attest to the super fighting ability of the crappie. They can really bend a fly rod.

Bill Trussell said...

Pen
Catfish use to be my favorite fish table fare, but after eating crappie my taste changed. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
Your taste buds will change your mind, delicious. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
A different kind of tug on the end of your line, really a blast on the long rod. Thanks for the comment

Bill said...

Crappie and walleye are some of the best eating fish hands down in my opinion. You don't often hear much about fishing for crappie this time of year, looks like you guys had a good day. Those seats on the boat sure do look comfy.

Bill Trussell said...

Bill
Rare to land crappie in the summer month; but with the spider technique you are one up on the fish. Fishing 8 rods at one time is always an advantage as oppose to one rig. My Brother has mastered this technique to perfection. If we had been fishing the one rig set-up; as opposed to the sider technique the results would have been less fish landed or no fish landed al all.
The seats are an added plus especially with the arm rest that was added. Thanks for the comment

J. said...

Good job Slaying those crappie bill! I'm going to have to try those crappie niblets!

Atlas said...

You guys did great! looks like a blast.

Bill Trussell said...

J
I would not go crappie fishing without the nibbets. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Atlas
Lots of fun with the spider rigs. thanks for the comment

The NOCO Nympher said...

Great trip Bill! Glad you and your brother were able to get out on the water together, spend some quality time and land some nice fish!

Bill Trussell said...

Noco
I can't even begin to count the numbers of fishing trips we have made--all good!! thanks for the comment