Saturday, July 23, 2011

Fantastic Crappie Fishing Trip With my Brother-Bobby

I just got back yesterday from the best crappie fishing trip I have ever been on. My brother and I fished the better part of three days on Legion Lake in the Northwest section of Mississippi. The heat and humidity was a big factor in keeping us off the water for the better part of all three days we fished but we still managed to land some awesome crappie spider fishing. Yes, I said spider fishing, which is something I had never done and found out that if you want to cover a lot of water and catch a lot of fish this is the ticket. For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, here is the scoop. First of all, you need to either make or buy four-pole stands that will handle at least 8 crappie poles, ranging in length from 9 to 11 ft. We used six 11 footers and two 9 footers. All the rods need to be spooled with 4 to 6 lb test line and have a good drag system. Four rods need to be positioned at the front of the boat and four rods at the rear of the boat: covering different points in the water, in other words, you don’t want to be fishing the same areas as your buddy in the front of the boat. This arrangement will ensure you cover the maximum amount of water and both individuals catch fish. Jigs are as important as the rods because you are trying to attract the attention of the fish and once you get the attention you use the crappie nibblet to entice the hit. Some fishermen like to use minnows which are fine but the nibblets are much faster and you don’t have to worry about keeping the minnow alive. Having a good depth finder is a must, because you are constantly watching the depth finder to see what depth the fish are feeding. All the fish we landed were caught in water 11 ft. and deeper. You are always checking to see if your tube jig is at least 2 ft. above the crappie, because crappie feed looking up. An absolute must is to have the lure tipped with a crappie nibblet, because most of the time you will never get the hit without the nibblet.
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.


  1. Good work Bill! I like the set up on that boat.

  2. That's really impressive, Bill! Sounds like multitasking at it's finest!

  3. Yes, Bill, that is definitely a new type of fishing that I had never heard of before. Thanks for sharing your techniques and gear. Great looking bunch of Crappies, even better eating!

  4. Jeff
    The thing about this type of fishing is the fact you are catching everything from bass, bluegill, and yes crappie. It is mainly designed for crappie. Thanks for the comment.

  5. Chris
    Yes you increase your chances of landing lot of fish, but you lose lots of fish too, but the losing part keeps it interesting. Thanks for the comment

  6. Mel
    I know some fishermen have never heard of spider fishing and I for one had never done it, but after this trip I am convinced you can increase you catch. Thanks for the commnet

  7. that many lines in the water you really cant go wrong. some say less is more but i say more is more

  8. Blake
    The action really heats up when you go over a school of crappie. Never a dull moment. Thanks for the comment

  9. Now that is some serious firepower. The umbrellas are a great touch...need to attach one to my waders.

  10. Will
    The umbrellas is what kept us on the water for 3 days of fishing. Thanks for the comment