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crappiekeith
05-13-2009, 09:36 AM
Hey guys ,just stopping by to share on what's happening up here in northern Mn. where we have had about 3 weeks of open water.
I started fishing 4 days after the ice went out with water temps around 40 degrees. It's up to about 55 now and the slabs/gills are being caught with small hair jigs that are 64th - 80th oz.
They are being found in 8 foot or shallower.
Here's my Dad on his 1st outting last night with his 1st slab of the season.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02656.jpg
We caught near 200 last night.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02665.jpg
The gills are starting to show up too.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02634.jpg
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02636.jpg
All you guys know Baron Von Crappie...ie MT.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02641.jpg
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02646.jpg

Here's Moosehead with a nicer male.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02608.jpg
like I said the gills are starting to move in and so are the seeds.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02609.jpg

crappiekeith
05-13-2009, 09:44 AM
Since there's only so many pics a guy can post I'll do seprate posts to continue the season working from present to the later.

We did take a break for Mooseheads kids to do some sucker/walleye fishing.
We hooked a few new fishers I'm thinking.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02633.jpg
Last I heard the 1 tyke wants to take me to school for show and tell.
LOL
A family friend that I work with at the local radio stion was out for a day.
He was like a kid in a penny candy story with a C-note in his pocket.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02591.jpg
Those males are turning black...
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02597.jpg

I did take a break from ice fishing for some steelheads and smallies.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/openwater09018.jpg
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/openwater09016.jpg
but back to the crappies.

Here's mark 10 days after ice out.We started the day with a 49 degree water temp and the air was 38 degrees.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02555.jpg
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02561.jpg
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02573.jpg
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02576.jpg

crappiekeith
05-13-2009, 09:47 AM
Not a fish was caught on meat.No minnows or worms.
Light little bobbers 2-4 test lines and my jig were used with every fish shown in this post.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02543.jpg

It's been a great season so far.
I bet I've seen better than 1000 crappies caught not to mention a bunch of bass,gills,perch,pike,walleyes and suckers.
I'm hoping y'all have a great season this year.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-2-2009/DSC02549.jpg

crappiemax
05-13-2009, 01:19 PM
great pics, thanks for sharing.

Fatman
05-13-2009, 02:59 PM
thanks CK

Fatman

shipahoy41
05-14-2009, 06:27 AM
Keith,

You have a great dad. I can see where you get your passion for fishing now. Thank you for sharing this experience. Take care my friend.

jaxsprat
05-14-2009, 01:42 PM
Title says Float-n-fly but I see no fly rod so I assume?? U are just using spinning rod with a direct tie to a fly? with a float as a weigh for casting?? I have always heard the term float& fly but would like to know Ur setup to try some flies etc..................Is Ur fly a fly or a jig type or??????/thanks

LedHed
05-14-2009, 02:23 PM
CK
Way to work it with the UL jigs!!!

No carne (meat)???????

crappiekeith
05-14-2009, 05:14 PM
Most guys here know I tie my own 64th,80th or 100th oz hair jig.
So T.H.E....Totally Hot Everyday Jig under a bobber with a UL Grandt rod and 2 or 3 test copoly Gama line.

I supose I should have said float-n-jig to be specific.

Would you believe it snowed this morning?

Our waters are just warming up to a point that those pannies are sliding in for a short bit then they migrate back out to the deeper warmer water for the evening.
No crapps were found last night on this new lake I've been hitting but the gills were on fire.!
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h209/palisade1kid/5-13-2009/DSC02679.jpg

jaxsprat
05-14-2009, 10:21 PM
U said it right I just wondered how it was done thanks

shipahoy41
01-30-2010, 07:24 AM
U said it right I just wondered how it was done thanks

The technique works quite well on those suspended fish. It is designed to present a jig at a speciific level where the fish are and keep it there until it is bit. The waves give the jig all the action that is really needed. It was originally used with craft hair jigs, however a kip tail or marabou jig is extremely effective too.

WhitePerchJerker
01-30-2010, 11:23 AM
Those fish have some great color.

Herewego
01-30-2010, 11:54 AM
nice catches

skeetbum
01-30-2010, 01:06 PM
Send some to TN, I've been gettin my nose bloody from the Crappie kickin my butt.

Fatman
01-30-2010, 01:32 PM
Great technique for all fish although I've never seen a ball shaped bobber used, usually it's a teardrop shaped one but whatever works is what ya use!!!!!!

Fatman

Phantom309
01-30-2010, 04:49 PM
Looks great guys ! !
Great looking country too ! !

gone_fishing
01-30-2010, 07:11 PM
How on earth do you have water temps at 55 up there down here we got ice on the lakes.

slipbobber
01-30-2010, 07:19 PM
Global warming?

mytyt
01-30-2010, 07:21 PM
Check the date of the first post.

"G"
01-30-2010, 07:53 PM
Check the date of the first post.

Yep...old news but still good info. :D

sea-sons
01-31-2010, 07:22 AM
I too have had good luck on crappie and bluegills with float and fly. I tied some 1/64 and 1/80oz flies with rabbit hair and they were deadly on those rascals fished that way.