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TightLines<))><
02-10-2008, 04:19 PM
Post some of your go-to baits and rigs for when the slabs get lockjaw. I've always gone to the road runner and tube.

CrappiePappy
02-10-2008, 11:34 PM
Post some of your go-to baits and rigs for when the slabs get lockjaw. I've always gone to the road runner and tube.

slowing down the presentation, downsizing the bait, or going "live" is what I've been known to do. That is, of course, if the water conditions are only slightly out of whack ... and not totally messed up. When they are messed up, I usually just don't go there :p
I use the RR marabou, tube jig, and marabou jig on a normal basis ... so, when conditions are good, and I still can't seem to get bites, even after downsizing or slowing the presentation, then I'll offer them something live.

When deciding on what live offering I will offer, availability is my first concern. I'd prefer to offer them something from their own foodsource biomass ... Brook Silversides, Shad, Fathead Minnows, Shiners, or some kind of bug larvae (in that order). If available, I'll use the smallest I can find/get.
Fatheads, Shiners, and larvae are purchased. Shad are caught with a cast net. Brook Silversides are a whole other project, though, as they have to be dip netted during the hours of dark.

Alot of times, when we think the Crappie have lockjaw, the truth of the matter is that we are just not fishing where they are :D --- But, even if that's the case, you're still subject to catching other edible species, or at least something that will give you a tussle ;)

... cp :cool:

crappiekeith
02-10-2008, 11:42 PM
I agree CP!

skiptomylu
02-10-2008, 11:45 PM
Yes I agree smaller is better when they are not aggressive with the bite.

stinkies daddy
02-11-2008, 07:12 AM
I agree, smaller bait will make a fish thats not feeding think "oh what the heck" but my go to is a black and chartruse yum 1.5 curly tail on a 32nd oz jig head

MAINEIAC
02-11-2008, 08:10 AM
Vertical casting will sometimes work when all else fails. Something about the slow rise that will annoy them to bite. Crappiepappy has a good write up on it but I'm not smart enough to move it over here.

CrappiePappy
02-11-2008, 08:14 AM
Vertical casting will sometimes work when all else fails. Something about the slow rise that will annoy them to bite. Crappiepappy has a good write up on it but I'm not smart enough to move it over here.

http://www.crappie.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=35&Itemid=2

... cp :cool:

TightLines<))><
02-11-2008, 11:14 AM
thats very interesting. im a bass angler and although its wise to slow it down when the bite gets tough, ive found that larger baits appeal to bass more. the big bass are not very active to start with because they dont like to waste all of their energy chasing forage. which is why they are ambush predators. the large, slow baits get their attention because they dont have to chase it and they are using very little energy to acquire such a big meal. thanks for the insight.

jwn
02-11-2008, 08:12 PM
Black and yellow tube, but am getting comfortable with just a leadhead and minnow.

Fisherdan
02-11-2008, 08:26 PM
The most important thing for me is to have confidence in the presentation I'm using. That usually means something I have caught a lot of fish with in similar situations. When I have confidence in my system I concentrate better, can fish longer, and its almost uncanny how the bites will happen again.

jwn
02-11-2008, 10:16 PM
I also agree it's what you have confidence in.

OsoFishy
02-12-2008, 02:15 PM
My Number one jig is a 800gl mid south tube witha 1\8 flo orange head and if the bite tough a 1/32 oz Grizzly Jig in the Ranbow or Otis color patterns!!

ad1974
02-12-2008, 04:05 PM
Last year my #1 go to jig was a white Crappie Thunder body on a 1/16 Chart Roadrunner head.I caught fish on this while fishing verticle,casting and long line trolling.Other than that my best producers would be Southern Pro 1 1/2" tubes in Pink/White,Yellow/White,and Black/Chart.Overall all I still caught more fish with Minnows though.

Supracerxtreme
02-12-2008, 05:21 PM
2" white curl tail grub on a 1/16oz jig head seems to work for me almost all the time

SpeckWick
02-12-2008, 07:59 PM
1.5 black/chartreuse YUM curltail on a 1/32 or 1/16 ounce jig would probably be my main "confidence" lure most of the time. I also like a marabou jig below a small float. Forces me to slow down, which a lot of times makes all the differnce when lockjaw sets in. If they are real slow, I'll switch to a slip float with a minnow or a minnow on a jighead and slow WAY down. If the fish are there, they usually can't resist that live minnow dancing in their face. I rarely use much else but one of these three, except some tubes now and then, especially when trolling. I like to keep things as simple as possible so I can have two or three rods set up, one with each so I'm not changing baits all day. Usually if one of these doesn't do it for me, nothing will.