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goofy1
11-27-2011, 09:24 PM
What type of water? Is this where you just put foot on trolling motor along channels looking for crappie? Getting spider rigs for my boat to at least give my wife a rod holder so she don't have to hold long periods. But this type of fishing if I know how and it works would be great way for my wife. Thanks

feelay
11-27-2011, 10:23 PM
Crappie Fishing #1 - Buggs Island Lake - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_cfDXlmhsc)Here is one of many videos on spider rigging on youtube.

rnvinc
11-28-2011, 12:20 AM
Spider riggin can be applied in many types of water....

http://www.crappie.com/crappie/archives-stuff-we-dont-want-loose/84702-crappie-degrees.html. This article gives good info about where crappie should be...

Early in the year I'll be spider riggin creek channel ledges out in the mouths of the bays...

As the water warms... I'll be follwing these creek channel ledges farther back into the bays as the fish start moving towards their spawning grounds...

As the water warms more... I'll be spider riggin depth contours following the bank in 10-18 ft of water...

I'll pick a depth I think the fish are at... And I'll follow that depth for several 100 ft parallel with the bank...if I dont pick up any fish... I'll move shallower or deeper 2 ft.... And follow that depth contour for several 100 ft.... Still no fish... Change depth contour again....

Once I find the fish's preferred depth for that day... I'll continue following that depth until I'm done or until the fish quit... Then I change depths again until I find the fish's new preferred depth...

As the water warms more... I'll be moving shallower but still following the depth contours parallel with bank...

I'll continue getting shallower as the water warms until my outside poles on the bank side of my boat are nearly in 2-3 ft of water... My boat will be in about 7ft ...

Cold fronts may run the fish back out into deeper water at anytime so I may actually spider rig back out in deeper water from the normal progression of the fish moving shallower towards the spawn... But this is just temporary until the fish start moving shallower again....

After the spawn I follow the water depth progression noted above but in reverse... Following the fish back out to the mouths of the bays....

Rickie