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Hanr3
09-24-2009, 10:04 PM
How many of you Cast for Crappie and what is your favorite technique, lure size, color, time of the year, water temp, and define your preferred location, etc? What do you do when the bite turns off?

It's a Crappie forum and I have seen a lot of BS threads, plus saw one saying there isn't much new in Crappie Fishing. Im betting there is a variety of techniques being used for Casting. I am going to post the same for other forms of Crappie fishing.

crappiefarmer
09-24-2009, 10:34 PM
Crappiepappy is the man on this one. I'm sure He will chime in. CF

deathb4disco
09-24-2009, 11:00 PM
there isn't much new in Crappie Fishing.


When it comes to casting (which I do 99% of the time), I tend to agree with that. I've been using Charlie Brewer's "do nothing" technique for over thirty years. It still works year-round and for all species.

I'm sure there are days when other methods are better, but I've always enjoyed this style of crappie fishing. It's very relaxing and productive.

fichere
09-25-2009, 04:14 AM
When it comes to casting (which I do 99% of the time), I tend to agree with that. I've been using Charlie Brewer's "do nothing" technique for over thirty years. It still works year-round and for all species.

I'm sure there are days when other methods are better, but I've always enjoyed this style of crappie fishing. It's very relaxing and productive.

what is charlie's technique?

CrappiePappy
09-25-2009, 05:55 AM
what is charlie's technique?

... has been tweaked time and time again, but Charlie Brewer's idea was simply .... cast out, retrieve slowly, and don't add any action to the lure.

The Charlie Brewer jighead is flattened, which helps make the lure "glide" thru the water ... his little plastic worm is small & thin, and has no built-in action of its own. His "intention", in creating this lure, was to imitate a minnow ... and the technique came from the idea that most minnows don't shake/rattle/roll :p all over the place. They normally just glide along, with subtle flicks of their tail, unless startled or attacked.

... cp :cool:

CrappiePappy
09-25-2009, 06:14 AM
How many of you Cast for Crappie and what is your favorite technique, lure size, color, time of the year, water temp, and define your preferred location, etc? What do you do when the bite turns off?


... but, I usually let the conditions/situation, or even the lake I'm fishing, dictate "how" I fish.

The majority of my casting is done using the "do-nothing" technique ... simply put : cast out, slow retrieve back, with no added action to the lure.
Favorite lure size - 1/16oz (but will change sizes when necessary)
Color - most all colors, with chartreuse tail.
Time of year - Spring & Fall, mainly. (due in part to the location & depths the fish are using at these times)
Water Temps - 60's - 70's
Preferred Location - submerged wood

What I do, when the bite turns off : slow down even more, or fish deeper, or change locations, or add live bait to my lure selection, or switch to the pursuit of another species, or pack up and call it a day :p

... cp :cool:

deathb4disco
09-25-2009, 08:13 AM
what is charlie's technique?


Crappiepappy summarized it well. I would just add that the method can be used with any jig: marabou, hair, plastic, ball head, pony head, etc. It's all about the technique, not the bait itself.

Charlie's website has a very detailed article on the technique. Because of its length, I won't post it, but you can read it online here:


Charlie Brewer's Slider Company Inc. - 1-800-762-4701; 931-762-4700 (http://www.fishingworld.com/Slider/Details.tmpl?ID=120655418962849501&Cart=12538842308918370&SKU=Crappie%20Information)

78mudbug
09-25-2009, 09:10 AM
i fish this way also.throwing past my target and reeling very slow past it.sometimes i just cast and reel back slowly.sometimes i cast reel and tick it every now and then.sometimes cast let it sink and pull a few feet and let sink again and watch the line for a tick . u just have to figure out how they want it.one day they will want it moving constantly and the next day they will hit it on the stop or the tick or fall.its all up to the fish

wwwUncle
09-25-2009, 02:59 PM
i fish this way also.throwing past my target and reeling very slow past it.sometimes i just cast and reel back slowly.sometimes i cast reel and tick it every now and then.sometimes cast let it sink and pull a few feet and let sink again and watch the line for a tick . u just have to figure out how they want it.one day they will want it moving constantly and the next day they will hit it on the stop or the tick or fall.its all up to the fish

Same for me. Works the year around so long as there is open water :) (no ice on top :().

Ken Jones
09-25-2009, 04:51 PM
Sounds like good advice from most.

skeetbum
09-25-2009, 08:06 PM
I'd like to take a slightly different tack on what's been said and give you a play by play of one cast. Pick where you believe the fish to be. Are they deep or mid depth or shallow? You want to present to where they are and keep the lure in that zone for as long as possible. Cast past this spot, close the bail and take enough turns to create a slight bow in the line without moving the lure too much. Now I let it fall, never taking my eyes off the line. Crappie frequently strike from underneath and cause the line to go slack, or do something you didn't tell it to do. If they're shallow I slowly crank to keep the lure in the zone, but mostly I will take a turn or two on the reel and let it fall again. Twitching now and then, or shaking the rod tip imparts small movements that are the ticket on some days. Set the hook from the wrist, and try to keep your tip close to level with the water to allow enough room to lift and set the hook. My rod tip is about 10 o'clock when the fish are deep so I can watch the line better. Thanks for the read, sorry if it's lengthy.

dedawg1149
09-25-2009, 08:09 PM
nice read

Hanr3
09-25-2009, 09:28 PM
Thanks for the techniques and Charlies method. I look forward to adding it to my arsenal.

rnvinc
09-26-2009, 08:17 AM
Thanks for the techniques and Charlies method. I look forward to adding it to my arsenal.

That's what it's all about...having several methods in your arsenal that you have confidence in where you can change methods when another method is not working under a certain set of circumstances......

Hat's off to you Hanr3 for trying to increase your arsenal of fishin methods....

crappieGod
09-26-2009, 07:03 PM
95% of the crappie I catch is casting. I use zebco Z02 reels on a ml casting rod with 8lb test clear ande line, these are the only jigs you need, 1/16 or 1/8 pink or red led head, bass assassin 2" curly shad in rainbow trout or fire cracker. I use 1/8 up til Dec then go to 1/16 until mid april.

BigSandyRookie
09-26-2009, 10:03 PM
Man!! Reading Charlie's article makes me want to hit the water! Problem is....water is high here now...:(

Redy2Fish
09-26-2009, 10:25 PM
HanR3: Bottom line on casting and the other techniques you asked about as well: Find 'em, figure out what they want, give 'em what they want, put 'em in the boat. If they are actively feeding, it's quick and easy, if they are not actively feeding or are finicky, you may still be able to catch them, but you must be patient and keep at it. If they are not biting, hand grenades or dynamite will still get you a few!

Hanr3
09-27-2009, 01:02 PM
HanR3: Bottom line on casting and the other techniques you asked about as well: Find 'em, figure out what they want, give 'em what they want, put 'em in the boat. If they are actively feeding, it's quick and easy, if they are not actively feeding or are finicky, you may still be able to catch them, but you must be patient and keep at it. If they are not biting, hand grenades or dynamite will still get you a few!

Some of those other techniques I had never seen or heard of before. I typically slip bobber fish. If the bite is slow or the fish are scattered I needed another technique. I like the casting and reeeling in real slow technique. Typically if the Crappie bite is off I'll go Green fishing (Bass). I want to enter tournaments, however I dont catch fish consistently enough yet. Rather I dont catch sizeable fish consistently enough yet.