I guess the one thing that got my attention about spider fishing aside from the amount of fish you catch and lose is the leisurely way you do it. You are not casting, but merely sitting and watching the tips of the rods for a hit. Sometimes it can be a very light tip of the rod and other times the entire tip of the rod goes underwater. Of course, when this happens you set the hook and play the fish down with the long rod. It kind of reminds me of landing a fish with a long fly rod. I was really looking forward to this trip and my brother Bobby really showed me the ropes when it comes to this type of fishing. He had been telling me about him and his fishing buddy Joe catching numbers of crappie spider fishing over the past weeks and I am glad I got to see it first hand. I can't close without mentioning my sister-in-law's Mamie's chicken and dumplings, which was delicious, and of course as always the buffet food. Both made the trip.
The unique thing about this boat is the versatility---it is equipped with the crappie stands and bluegill pole stands to fish on the bottom with live bait. Notice the long rods extending from the stands.
Nice slab under the umbrella, that sun is a killer without the shade of the umbrella
Watching those rods and waiting for that hit!!!
One of three groups we landed and dressed for a huge fish fry later in the fall.
One of the many nooks we fished, the water was super clear and the surface temp was at 90
The crappie is one colorful fish, some are darker than others
We used a variety of jigs to land all the fish we kept. The tube jig was the main lure, in different color patterns. The brighter the colors the better attraction.
Another group fresh out of the ice chest, with the fillet knives ready. Expect to lose as many fish as you catch, why because of the hook set. You lose a lot of the fish that is hooked on the side of the month which is a paper-thin membrane. The top part of the mouth is the perfect hook set, which is the toughest part of the crappie's mouth.
Nice female taken from a creek channel, landing a fish like this on the long crappie pole is a blast.
The top photo of the underspin reel and the long rod is ideal for this type of fishing. Also pictured is one of the micro-lights we use in the spring and fall with curly tail jigs. Just another way to catch this awesome fish.
I just had to show you some of the cattails on this lake, they were in full form. We ended the trips cleaning over 45 slabs for the big fish fry. Sorry for some of the blurred images, I am still getting used to my new camera, my last one got dumped in the Sipsey River the other day trout fishing below the dam.