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bama647
11-05-2006, 03:54 PM
it appears i may be missing out on catching fish because of the depths that ive been fishing.just got back from a trip and only caught 3 throw backs. the kicker is i ran into a guy i new on the boat ramp and he had 15 over 10 inches. he said he caught them between 6 and 8 feet deep(bait). last 2 trips i made i never went below 4 feet with mine and didnt catch anything to speak of. maybe some of you vets can tell me alittle about a typical scenario of finding the right depth to fish at. i have no electronic equipment so i may be at a disadvantage. particularly is there an average depth you start at . i usually use minnows but do try so jigs but havent had sucess at that either. i may just have to find a local pro to go and show me the ropes.

painterfish
11-05-2006, 04:12 PM
ya bama i know the feeling sucess comes slow sometime i would watch where everybody was fishing and try different depths

skiptomylu
11-05-2006, 04:31 PM
One good way to locate the right depth is trolling 1/32oz and 1/16oz. jigs around the grass where you get some depth changes along a shore line, maybe even off of a creek. Troll the different depths until you fins some hitting and keep going over that depth back and forth. Slow with you troll motor use the 1/32 oz. from 3' to 10' and if you find them over the 6' give some 1/16 oz a try.

bama647
11-05-2006, 04:56 PM
i know in the spring theyll go pretty shallow. but in the fall is it different? are there days when they will go shallow? or is maybe 3 feet plus the shallow as it gets?

abarkley
11-05-2006, 06:11 PM
sent you a pm

jhef
11-05-2006, 06:32 PM
hey holler at me , i fish every weekend, fish at night every sat. i live in decatur (right down from you), id be glad to take you out with me...cant gurantee youll catch a limit but maybe we both can learn something new..

abarkley
11-05-2006, 06:34 PM
hey holler at me , i fish every weekend, fish at night every sat. i live in decatur (right down from you), id be glad to take you out with me...cant gurantee youll catch a limit but maybe we both can learn something new..
are you catching any at night on wheeler now? i've considered night fishing some on friday's after work, but never have done it in the past.

bambam
11-05-2006, 08:00 PM
it appears i may be missing out on catching fish because of the depths that ive been fishing.just got back from a trip and only caught 3 throw backs. the kicker is i ran into a guy i new on the boat ramp and he had 15 over 10 inches. he said he caught them between 6 and 8 feet deep(bait). last 2 trips i made i never went below 4 feet with mine and didnt catch anything to speak of. maybe some of you vets can tell me alittle about a typical scenario of finding the right depth to fish at. i have no electronic equipment so i may be at a disadvantage. particularly is there an average depth you start at . i usually use minnows but do try so jigs but havent had sucess at that either. i may just have to find a local pro to go and show me the ropes.

I set up several rods and wait for a bite, after a couple you can target a depth and make adjustments to the other rods. We use a depth finder too, that helps get you in the right neighborhood. We also drift for cats around here (SC) about 1-2' off the bottom.. Usually works real well.. In shallow waters I'll use A cork or bobber. Hope this helps... Bam..

bama647
11-05-2006, 08:14 PM
i have tried that to an extent problem is i dont have rod holders and have been fishing in a pretty good current so its hard to manage more than 1 pole.thanks for the tips maybe i should try some rod holers and alittle easier fishin hole.

truefisher
11-06-2006, 02:45 AM
Get out of that current and find some slack deeper water pools.......if you ahve a vexilar or "flasher" use it, if not get one..............when you loctae them on your flasher, that eliminates the where??? Now the what, offer them glow jigs with plastic tails or small to medium emerald shiners on a glow jig hooked just behind the dorsal........stay over them and vertical jig thm {quietly} watch your flasher and your jig.....fish the top of the school, pulling fish off the top as opposed to going down into the school and disturbing it when you start yanking out fish. If they are moving and feeding stick with them with the flasher and keep your presentation options open until you hit the right offering, you'll be icing slabs in no time. My favorite this time of year is a small gold hali tipped with a whiskered Loby or a Maki flea........they can't resist!...............LOBY;)

GRIZZ
11-06-2006, 04:10 AM
If you don't have a fishfinder to watch the bottom then you need to look for other fishermen and be a monkey (one of my terms for guys on the lake who copys what I'm doing - you know monkey see monkey do) Almost everything of worth I've learned about crappie fishing was from watching better anglers than myself and asking questions. Take Jhef up on his offer and pick his brains.

jhef
11-06-2006, 08:39 PM
not much to pick, but ill see ya saturday night.....i been fishing a little water reservoir, its a trolling motor only lake......not much pressure and i have never seen anyone else fishing at night on this little lake, but it has some of the biggest crappie i have ever seen, i always catch atleast one 2 pounder...plus its super quite with no big boats zooming around you....bama call me friday night and well get some times set up to meet...i got plenty of equipment and tackle so just wear some warm clothes (i hope it stays cool)..