Crappie fishing; to most, deliver visions of cool spring mornings with fog lingering over the floor of the lake and burning off shortly after rigging a bobber and minnow to forged to the comb pile and anticipate the Crappie to seek out your bait. Basic Crappie fishing to make certain and really efficient to say the least, as lots of you I’m positive, like myself, grew up fishing this manner virtually solely.
In recent times I’ve come to take pleasure in a brand new approach, for me no less than of chasing crappies. This manner is crankbaits! Within the fall, the place I fish anyway, the shad start operating the shorelines in giant faculties offering slab crappie some alternatives to fatten up for the winter. It’s throughout this time that I’ve discovered that small crankbaits resembling these shad work nice at luring these slabs from construction under or simply the odd cruiser that have a tendency to only comply with the faculties of shad.
My favourite crankbait is any that resembles a shad. Smaller crankbaits appear to work greatest however I’ve switched to a big crankbait with good outcomes when the shad are operating giant. Colour all the time comes up in conversations pertaining to crappie. Personally, I exploit shad colour however I do know of some people who’ve had nice outcomes with crawfish patterns and colours. Chartreuse is one other die exhausting colour for crappie and that’s no exception when utilizing crankbaits.
When the shad are operating the shorelines they have a tendency to run actually shallow. Because of this huge slab crappies, whether or not lurking in the midst of a tangled brush pile or suspended simply off the shoreline ready to pounce on passing faculties of shad, are likely to make the most of the shoreline as a option to save power by not having to chase the faculties throughout open water. I’ve seen the backs of massive crappie as they chase shad in such shallow water. It’s these observations that made me stick to a shallow operating crankbait. In fact there are exceptions and I do know individuals who have used deep runners very successfully and I’ve used them when trolling open water for crappies however that’s one other article for the longer term.
The simplest approach I’ve discovered for catching these huge and sometimes solitary slabs is to only cowl numerous water. Crappie might be had with a bobber and a minnow within the fall and when the shad are shallow however if you wish to goal the large boys a crankbait rigged on a medium mild 7 foot spinning outfit with 6 pound check line is tough to beat. Massive slabs are very territorial and whereas utilizing a bobber and minnow will work positive it should additionally work on smaller crappie as nicely and one finds it arduous to go away when they’re catching fish after fish however as soon as once more this technique is for giant crappie and whereas crankbaits will catch some small fish it undoubtedly cuts the smaller fish takes method down so to give attention to the large ones.
You need to goal any seen construction alongside the shoreline by tossing your crankbait as near shore as potential. I often attempt to set the again treble up on the financial institution. Sure that’s shut however I’ve discovered that the majority of my strikes come on the primary twitch of the crankbait inside a foot from shore. These crappie which are concentrating on shallow operating shad anticipate to get a shot at one proper up on the financial institution so that’s the place you crankbait must be. I fished an enormous log final season and caught thirty huge crappies but when my crankbait landed only a foot from shore I might not get a strike all of them have been caught so near the financial institution that it didn’t appear that there was even sufficient water there to cowl their backs. I observed that the fish have been mendacity under simply out of sight and exploded on the crankbait as quickly because it moved but when the bait landed a foot or two from the shoreline there was no motion. To seek out thirty massive crappie on one brush pile is widespread within the spring however to seek out this one within the fall was particular. I felt like perhaps the fish weren’t schooled up however simply utilizing the shoreline together with the log to lure the shad simply lengthy sufficient to make their transfer. They have been in all probability following the varsity of shad down the shoreline and the log was only a good ambush level for me, the angler.
Usually crappie within the fall are solitary creatures and have a tendency to stake out their very personal ambush level and are scattered everywhere and that’s when overlaying a variety of water is essential. The easiest way to do that is to only cruise the shoreline and forged to each log, stump, rock or stake mattress that you simply see. Let the crankbait float there for a number of seconds earlier than the primary twitch. The primary twitch ought to be simply that, a twitch. Let the bait sit there once more for a pair seconds then pull the crankbait a pair ft with the rod then reel up slack because the bait is suspended just some inches under the floor. Many occasions you’ll really feel the fish as you start your retrieve because the strike went undetected. An enormous slab will really feel such as you hooked an enormous moist sock at first so be prepared and set the hook. Slinging a crankbait for crappie is a number of enjoyable and really efficient too. So in case you are in search of new methods to chase your favourite panfish attempt crankin for crappies in your subsequent journey.