View Full Version : Which method is better?

05-20-2018, 09:52 PM
About two weeks ago I was in my boat fishing the dam, along with 4/5 other boats probably. The method I used which produced about 40 fish, 30 keepers was going down the bank in shallow water with a pole in each hand with two jigs tied on each line. One pole was 10 ft long and the other 6 ft, and surpsignly enough the 6 ft one did better which Iím sure was mainly due to the jig color.

I went a week after my first trip, only boat there and brought home 19 keepers, this time with the fish wanting the jig color on the 10 ft pole.

What Iím wondering is, did I fish the right way, going on speed 1, holding my poles still or should I have slipped corked and anchored out? There wasnít any specific spot they were holding either day, just near the rocks for the spawn up and down the dam. Iíve never slipped corked, so I wasnít sure when one method would out do the other method.


05-20-2018, 11:06 PM
On one of my favorite lakes the crappie spawn on rip rap. The funny thing is sometimes those fish are 2ft from the bank. The best way to catch them is to use a small floating Rapala minnow bait and work it parallel to the bank. I can't use a slip cork but most of those fish are in 18 inches of water. When fishing deeper rip rap I use a slip cork and a tiny zoom fluke. I think any bait will work but you have to keep moving.

Barnacle Bill
05-20-2018, 11:08 PM
That is one of the many challenges of fishing. Finding out what they want and how they want it. Problem is that can change very fast.

05-21-2018, 05:22 AM
You didn't do anything wrong. You caught fish both days. When you don't catch fish is when you look for other ways to catch
them. The only thing I would have changed is I would have changed the slack pole to the jigs they were liking that day.