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Shad
01-22-2017, 08:14 PM
I have so many different types of crappie fishing methods that I am trying to do these days. It has got me confused some times when I am out on the water. I am not sure if I should spider rig, long line or what? I need to simplify or at least get my head straight with some guidance from you guys on generally when to use each method. What do you look for when deciding what method to do?

1. What times of year and conditions are best for longlining jigs from back of boat?

2. What times of year and conditions are best for slow spider rigging out the front of the boat?

3. What times of year are best and conditions for single pole brush piles (stumps, etc) straight down?

4. What times of year are best and conditions for pulling crankbaits out the back of the boat?

Javelin 180
01-22-2017, 09:44 PM
I'm interested in this also :popcorn

feeshrman
01-22-2017, 09:57 PM
Good question. No doubt, you can catch crappie on any of these methods at any time of year under reasonable conditions. Pulling cranks is generally a warm-hot weather tactic in my area. Long lining produces best in mid to late spring and summer and fall. Spider rigging can be done 12 months out of the year and single poling is best during the spawn and when the fish are on deep water structure. My advice is to choose one or two of these methods which you believe will work best in your area. Perfect a couple of these methods before trying to do everything at once.


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NIMROD
01-22-2017, 10:22 PM
I only jig fish, cover most times but do find them suspended in summer away from cover and wind up strolling . ''dragging my jigs with pole in each hand ''.

Buckwheat
01-22-2017, 11:02 PM
c/p....

I only jig fish, cover most times but do find them suspended in summer away from cover and wind up strolling . ''dragging my jigs with pole in each hand ''. But now i fish with 12 poles up front and 8 for the back.

CrappiePappy
01-22-2017, 11:09 PM
I actually use 2 "other" methods more often than any of those four. Most often is casting & slow retrieving, done from early Spring (pre-spawn) to late Fall/ early Winter. Second most often used method is "pushing", and I primarily use jigs for that, as well (though I am gearing up for using cranks, eventually). That's done mostly post-spawn to early Fall. Both methods are primarily used by me, because of when & where I fish, and the depth range I'm most comfortable fishing (<25ft deep).

But, to answer "your" concerns ... I would match the technique with the current whereabouts & depth of the fish, not necessarily the time of year or conditions. IMHO, it's more important to "present" the bait at the correct depth & speed, once they've been located. Whether they're scattered or schooled can also determine the correct method to use.

Not all the fish will be at the same depth, or doing the same thing at any given time, so you can still catch fish "shallow" when everyone else is catching them deep. And don't forget the differences in "preferences" between the two species of Crappie. What they eat, the depths they prefer, temps they prefer, water conditions preferred, types of cover, etc., etc. can be very similar or quite different.

Ketchn
01-23-2017, 06:55 AM
I only employ one or 2 methods year round , pitching or vertical jigging and float pitching .....

Erin Brewer
01-23-2017, 11:40 AM
Pulling crankbaits is best during the heat of the summer here when the fish are out deep. The rest of the year all other tactics work. If I can catch em single pole jigging thats what I do. Especially during the spawn. But pre spawn and post spawn spider rigging is alot of fun. I have never long line trolled but there are people doing it while others are spider rigging just depends on what you want to do.

LittleJohn
01-23-2017, 12:43 PM
I do the longlining when seeing the crappie are scatter. By the way this is my favorite method. Spider rigging when the fish is bunch up deep and also spider rig for them when they are real shallow. single pole fishing brush or standing timber. Pulled cranks when started getting hot. Then when it gets to hot this is when I night fish. Another one of my favorites.
LittleJohn

CrappieFlopper
01-23-2017, 02:22 PM
Let the fish tell you Follow the SHAD!

skeetbum
01-23-2017, 07:42 PM
I'll just speak of trolling Crankbaits. A few years back while i lived in TN, I decided to take some of the Bandits everyone spoke of and give it a shot. Over time I tried different colors and brands and depths, then started painting my own. My last years there I was so enamored with it, I just kept trying it as the water warmed in the spring and was surprised at what happened. When the water began to get the fish moving in the spring, before the fish went to the beds, they were staging off of the drop offs and just hanging around. I trolled around til I found the right area to work and trolled cranks in that, and different areas not far away, all the way into the fall when the water temps changed their overall pattern. All totaled I trolled for about 7 months straight with good catches all along the way. Even won a little money in a couple of local tournaments. When most folks were just pulling cranks for a couple of months and chasing fish, I was busy. As I was trolling cranks the last year there, another guy was drifting jigs and getting some 2lb plus fish. No one else was trolling or drifting jigs, but they began to pay attention. There is always a different way to make a style work if you just try.

charlie817
01-23-2017, 08:12 PM
Single pole, vertical jigging year round.

algenco
01-23-2017, 08:38 PM
I do the longlining when seeing the crappie are scatter. By the way this is my favorite method. Spider rigging when the fish is bunch up deep and also spider rig for them when they are real shallow. single pole fishing brush or standing timber. Pulled cranks when started getting hot. Then when it gets to hot this is when I night fish. Another one of my favorites.
LittleJohn

Love night fishing

Shad
01-25-2017, 10:56 AM
Thanks for the responses I got. Much appreciated. This site is great :)