The Jigger Pole was another set-up we used. My brother has used this set-up for a number of years. He is extremely good playing and landing crappie with this technique. I am still in the learning stages here, but I must admit it is a lot of fun learning. Here the individual uses a long graphic rod usually 9 to
Another method we were using was trolling. This is where you simply cast the lure out as far as you can and then begin to move the boat using the trolling motor allowing the lure to sink slowly. As you move the boat the lure which can be anything from a crank baits to soft lures such as the curly tail jig we were using to attract a hit. This technique will work year round and can be really effective when the fish are scattered and hard to locate. We landed numbers of crappie and large bluegill doing this.
The last method on Sunday morning was the spider fishing technique. Here the individual simply lays the jigger pole or rod down in the boat with a certain amount of line out to correlate with the bottom or the depths the crappie are feeding at and let’s the boat move slowly; but the best way to do this is to rest the rods in rod holders off the front or back of the boat. The holders can hold up to 8 rod or more rods front and back. In turn the word Spider comes to mind because of all the rods spreading out at the front and back of the boat emulating a spider’s legs. One can really load the boat with the spider when the fish are in a feeding frenzy. We used this technique today, but my brother didn’t have the holders set up at the front or back of the boat so we laid the rods down in the boat to get the same effect, and it worked. The waves created from the wind today gave the tube jigs we were using a slight up and down motion, which was deadly and produce some
Really important to know where the treetops and stomps are by using an indicator, we landed some nice crappie here with the Jigger Pole
This is one beautiful lake and extremely clear which can make for some tough fishing. The fish in this lake have seen it all, just like Smith Lake my home lake.
The Curly Tail 1/16 oz. smoke and glitter worked here just like it did last Saturday on Smith.
One can't put a lot of pressure on a crappie when trying to land it, because their mouth area is paper thin
Color plays an important role when crappie fishing, notice the tube jig we had to got to today. This jig was used on the jigger pole Spider fishing
My brother with just one of the many slabs he landed
The Curly Tail jig we used with the Micro Light set-up
The end result, some of these crappie reached the 13" mark.
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