View Full Version : Would spider rigging benefit me?

02-27-2012, 11:01 AM
As I've posted recently, I feel I'm having pretty good luck on the pond/lakes in my neighborhood. On good days I can catch 10-20 nice sized crappie in a couple of hours. What I'm doing is I'm running 6 ultralight spinning combos (5' rods) on Driftmaster rod holders. I run three down each side, but all three are in the front half of my little 10' Bassraider pond boat. I use 1/16" jigs with a 1/4 oz bullet weight about 18" above the jig. I'm using 4 lb mono line and a 4 lb flouro between the jig and the bullet weight. I use my trolling motor to troll through areas. I don't run it continuously, I bump it. Once I find them I can usually work on them pretty well. What advantages would a spider rig setup give me over what I am already doing? I love catching the fish on those little ultralight combos.

02-27-2012, 12:24 PM
Nothing. Keep doing what your doing if your catching them. What ever is comfortable and easiest to fish.

02-27-2012, 12:44 PM
Reeling in fish is fun on long poles too. But it sounds like your doing fine without them.

02-27-2012, 12:55 PM
Reeling in fish is fun on long poles too. But it sounds like your doing fine without them.

See you are in Cairo. I live up the road in Tifton.

foul hook
02-27-2012, 03:18 PM
I dont think that there is much difference in what you are doing than spider rigging. keep it up . If you are catching you are doing it right .

02-27-2012, 03:53 PM
Thanks. I'm gonna keep on doing it this way then. Wish I could fish more often....

02-28-2012, 01:44 AM
If you want to catch more fish and bigger fish I would buy longer poles and spider rig out the front of the boat. 12 foot rods or longer help to get your baits away from the boat spooking less fish in shallow water and in deeper clear water. I personally use proangler 12ft rods great sensitivity and a strong backbone to hall in slabs. Look at it as another technique you can add to your arsenal! Good luck.

02-28-2012, 06:50 AM
Well...it does give me an excuse to buy more gear. I'm very susceptible to that.

02-28-2012, 07:34 AM
Like Scott said, another technique to add. Personally, I want to learn all the techniques I can. I prefer to fish rod in hand, but I have found that every technique I have tried has its own appeal, including spider rigging.

02-28-2012, 07:51 AM
It ain't broke, does it need fixin?

02-28-2012, 08:55 AM
According to "she who must be obeyed" if she wants it fixed, FIX IT! So I go fiddle with it, pronounce it fixed and go on with what i was doing before :juggle

02-28-2012, 11:37 PM
Well...it does give me an excuse to buy more gear. I'm very susceptible to that.

I think that buying new gear is my #2 hobby, next to my #1 Crappie fishing!!! I am addicted to buying new gear and tackle to try out all the time... gets me in trouble with the better half alot. But you cant take the money with ya so spend it on what you love! Lol

02-29-2012, 05:12 AM
I see no real reason to channge how you fish you are basically spiderrigging just not getting far from the boat. You may not fair as well on other lakes so it depends on what your future plans are.

02-29-2012, 06:17 AM
I think it depends on your personality, are you wanting only to catch fish or do you enjoy trying new things and learning new techniques etc. Nothing wrong with either in my way of thinking. I am retired along with my fishing partner and able to fish a lot depending on the weather so I tend to have a lot of time on the water and may get where I want to try new things at different times of the year, but overall I tend to go spider-rigging most. I spider-rig, pull cranks, long line jigs, cast with a jig and cork and single pole, last 2 mainly in the spawn. About the only thing I don't do in cast jigs (no cork) and shot docks as we only have one that we can fish around on the lake we mainly fish. The most pure fun is single poling because all the bite is felt from beginning to landing. However most of the time spider-rigging is the most productive as the fish are in deep water here most of the time and around cover. The next most productive is pulling cranks in the hot summer time, my least favorite method but best at that time due to the roaming pattern in the hot summer here in MS in my main lake following the shad. All my fishing is with a long pole except for cranking when you have to stagger the lengths to get separation. So I say whatever sinks your cork. JMHO.

02-29-2012, 07:19 AM
Thanks. I need to learn some crank bait techniques.