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Thread: No clue how to start fishing for crappie but determined to catch one soon

  1. #51
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6poundtest View Post
    I don't know what a foldable kayak is made of but if you can reach a portion of it from both the inside and outside at the same time, these magnetic mounts are the bees knees. I use one and and works slick if you can't mount something permanently.

    Transducer Mounts | fishfindermounts2

    Looks like you've found some crappie, good job!
    Those magnetic ones would work just fine on mine. Thank you

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    Walden, NY
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    What to consider briefly speaking:
    1. Your lure selection will catch any species in the waters you fish; best jig weights: 1/64 - 1/16 oz/ hook size that fits lure size and light weight for working particular depths slowly. Most important: other than sonar,lures are your best fish finders. Lures get it done regardless of conditions when worked the right way (not a fan of smelly stuff)
    2. Small diameter braid (8#) for best light strike detecion and best hooksets on a med. size reel on a light action 5'6" or 6' rod can fight the largest fish
    3. light ball head jigs allow a longer time at the depth fished. (unpainted is my preference so as not extend the visual lure length)
    4. know your depth via sonar or counting down how long your jig takes to hit bottom; and keep track of any fish seen on the screen. Sonar is your eyes underwater.
    5. know that fish can be caught in depths of 2' to 12'. Where fish are, is #1.6. a slower uneven retrieve using small lures (like the ones you showed) has the highest chances of getting strikes and catching fish of all sizes
    7. Lure color is overrated. Catch fish on a few and stick with them for any conditions or fish species. Color brightness = contast to the background and may come in handy on cloudy days. Even clear plastic uncolored lures can catch fish.
    8. Fish most of the time relate to something: examples: rocky bottoms, weed bottoms, subsurface or above surface walls, sharp drops, pad pockets or lines of pad edges, humps, docks (under or around), stump fields

    Guess not so briefly speaking. Briefly would be using a cane pole, float and live bait while sitting under an umbrella on a dock with a few beers.

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    Apr 2024
    El Sobrante, Ca
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    On one lake that I fish, we catch many fish, and our best fish by “tight lining” right on the bottom That is, casting a 1/16 curly tail jig, with a larger size split shot crimped on about 18 inches above the jig. You might have heard that crappie “only feed up”, but the truth is that crappie feed up, down, and every other way. It just depends on where they are, up in trees, or on the bottom, or suspended in open water before they run in for the spawn. Try everything to see what works on your lake or pond.

    On this particular lake, during the spring, the fish are suspended in open water until the water temp reaches about 65 degrees or so, and then they start cruising into shallow water like so many silent jet squadrons! . . it’s exciting to watch it happen !

    Get to know their movements on your lake!

    On a tight line retrieve, just cast out, let it sink to the bottom, and SLOWLY inch it (drag it) back in. The bite will be a very soft tugging. Do not strike hard, a firm pulling back on your rod is all that’s needed, and you will have him hooked.
    Most of us in my group, use a chartreuse Arkie curly tail jig, with an orange head, but many, many other jigs work as well.

    Of course, we also use the same jigs under a bobber when the fish are cruising up in the water column.

    I’ve even made mini A-rigs (see California rigs) out of very thin stainless steel wire, (and used under a bobber) with small jigs tied to monofilament droppers, and caught them two at a time.

    Just don’t give up, and you will figure out what works on your lake!!
    Last edited by deke95; 04-27-2024 at 02:55 PM.

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