View Full Version : Crazy catches - crappie on what?

02-13-2018, 01:33 PM
Forgive me if this was posted elsewhere but I thought it might be fun to see some of the strangest things you have caught crappie on, to show how aggresive they can be sometimes.


About 35 years ago we had a springfed pond behind the house in Ky and one night fishing a jitterbug for bass I had a good one hit. I fought the fish to the bank and after I lipped her and brought her into some better light I realized it was a giant crappie! I grabbed a bucket quick and her tail hung out and I measured her at 18.5" and fat as a tick!!!! I showed my parents and brother and then I put her back.


About a month later I was fishing a plastic worm in the same pond and BUMP'. After a short battle her she comes again, the same monster! I still couldn't get over how wide she was and THICK!! I think my biggest was about 14" up until that year and BOOOOM, she blew that out!

My neighbor had let me take 6-8 crappie from his pond to put in my pond, and had been razzing me about taking all of his fish. I quickly filled the bucket and ran her down to his house rang his doorbell and Mr. Hammond liked to-messed-the-bed when I walked outside as I dumped that giant crappie in his little 1/2acre pond. Then I looked at him and said, " think this makes us EVEN for me taking 6 dinks." I still remember his mouth hangin open and his wide eyes.

We had to sell the place and move on later that yar and I never did find out if Mr. Hammond caught that big girl, but I'd bet my last $20 that she is mounted and hangs in his house as a testament of friendship between 2 neighbors.


02-13-2018, 03:03 PM
Cool story.

02-13-2018, 06:10 PM
A hook embedded within a ‘Sponge Bob Square Pants Bandaid”............ cut into the shape of a grub........... to prove the point.........it won me lunch and beer. :cheers2

02-13-2018, 06:39 PM
Lol �� Slowridestu!

Pac in Arkansas
02-13-2018, 09:30 PM
I've caught them flipping a jig n pig for bass several times. Ditto with a suspending jerk baits, spinner baits & rattle traps. But the weirdest catch was when I wasn't even fishing. I was going to spend the night in the boat & was setting anchors fore & aft. I had a rattle trap hanging from the tip of a pole & the bait was at least a foot out of the water. I heard a splash & saw my bass rod about to go overboard. That had to have been a very hungry crappie.

02-13-2018, 09:37 PM
Caught them on rattletraps, spinnerbaits, while bass fishing. While bream fishing, crickets and red wigglers.

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02-13-2018, 10:50 PM
I caught my bigest crappie (4#) on a 12" black worm. :yikes

02-13-2018, 11:17 PM
I have caught Crappie on a bare hook while putting the Crappie I had just caught in the live well. I set the rod down with the bobber and bare hook hanging over the side and almost lost my rod. This has happened more than once but only once on a bare hook, the others have been with a jig on.

02-13-2018, 11:24 PM
Caught one on a plastic frog in the Lilly's once. Also seen a catfisherman catch a few on liver in his boat slip few years back.

02-14-2018, 12:01 AM
I've caught them on meal worms (intentionally), and once on a 4" plastic Crawfish (Bass fishing) ... and had a buddy catch one on a 1/2oz Spinnerbait (also Bass fishing).
Even caught some on Flat A crankbaits, trolling for Hybrid Stripers ... but that was probably 30yrs ago :yikes & probably well before trolling (pushing/pulling) cranks was a Crappie catching technique that was known to many people.

02-14-2018, 02:08 AM
I have caught Crappie on a bare hook while putting the Crappie I had just caught in the live well. I set the rod down with the bobber and bare hook hanging over the side and almost lost my rod. This has happened more than once but only once on a bare hook, the others have been with a jig on.

I've done the exact same thing, except it was a huge Bass.

02-14-2018, 02:51 AM
Caught a 13 1/2 inch crappie while catfishing 38ft deep on the main channel at Pickwick with a night crawler fishing on the bottom.

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02-14-2018, 05:36 AM
When I was a kid we went on a fishing trip to NW Wisconsin. My younger sister was wiggling her fingers in the water over the side of the boat. All of a sudden she screamed when a crappie latched onto her fat fingers. My grandpa saw it, grabbed the net and scooped up the fish.

02-14-2018, 06:06 AM
We had 2 separate incidents last year where we caught crappie on a barehook hanging in the water,kinda funny when on other days you have to throw just about everything at them just to get a few bites.

02-14-2018, 12:23 PM
My biggest was caught while bass fishing on a 10 inch plastic worm. It was a memorable day. My buddy and i doubled on longbeards in the morning. Caught well over 100 bass and My biggest crappie.

02-14-2018, 12:32 PM
One of the biggest black crappie I've ever caught came on a buzzbait on KY Lake. Caught one once on cut bait while catfishing too. Also plastic and real worms.

02-14-2018, 12:39 PM
Corn. Was carp fishing in a river. 6-8 kernels strung on a hook. I caught it while reeling in. It may of had the look of a yellow crappie slider to the fishy

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02-14-2018, 01:04 PM
Some great posts!! LOL!!!

02-14-2018, 08:36 PM
I've caught crappie on jerkbaits and crankbaits, my buddy sent me a picture of a nice crappie on an Alabama rig a few weeks ago.

02-15-2018, 05:25 AM
Casting a husky jerk on rip rap while bass fishing, I pitched toward a bush that was partly underwater. You know, twitch, twitch, pause and THUMP!! 5 times. Pulled 5 good crappie on 5 successive casts and never turned another crappie on that bait ever again, and none of us in the boat caught any other crappie that day. But those 5 fish pumped us all up that day.

PawPaw "gene"
02-15-2018, 07:53 AM
I have a friend who runs catfish lines catch some 2 pound plus crappie on Ivory soap more than once.

02-15-2018, 09:06 AM
This crappy must have been really p.o.'d when this 5" bass swimbait trespassed into its strike zone!