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  • Precision Fishing by Brad Wiegmann

    There are just two kinds of crappie anglers. One kind of angler goes out and covers lots of water in search of crappie. The other goes to a specific spot and fishes.

    Professional tournament angler Steve Brown and his tournament partner Gerald Overstreet Jr. are second. When they go fishing itís about controlling the boat and fishing a specific spot where they have located crappie. To fish this way they use two different techniques.

    ďWe will stay off the brush pile, tree top or stump and cast to it. Itís so important not to get overtop the cover or you will spook the crappie. To do that we will cast to the cover with spinning gear and artificial lures,Ē said Overstreet. Of course Overstreet and Brown are using LiveScope to locate and see the crappie in the brush pile, tree top or stump.

    They like casting 6 foot BíníM Poles SharpShooter ( rods with spinning reels lined with 6-pound Gamma high vis fishing line using 1/16-ounce Road Runner ( and Bobby Garland (www.lurenet/brands/bobby-garland) Baby Shad. Their go to color combination is pink Road Runner head with a Bobby Garland Cajun Creek. Sometimes they will change colors, but will be quick to change their technique if this technique is not producing crappie.

    ďSome days the crappie just want that moving lure. Here on Wetumpka Alabama Power controls the flow for power generation and flood control itís like a light switch being turned on and off when they go to biting up here on the Alabama River here in Elmore County. The best thing about fishing up here on the river is there are lots of crappie and we have caught them up to 3 pounds,Ē said Overstreet.

    If casting to the crappie isnít working they switch over to live bait fishing. ďThis is where it getís interesting and really productive most days, however, our approach has evolved with LiveScope being a big part of it. Truth is we have actually simplified it beginning with the number of fishing rods and lures. We now only use 4 rods and 4 lures at one time when live bait fishing,Ē said Brown.

    In the past, Overstreet and Brown would put out 8 rods sometimes with double rigs out hoping that they were around the crappie and at the right depth. The traditional 2D sonar and Side Imaging were helpful to get them around, but not precise compared to LiveScope for seeing brush, tree tops, stumps and crappie.

    ďWe use just four 16 foot BíníM Poles Buckís Graphite Jig Pole (BGJP Series) up front with 2 on each side of the trolling motor. Having a space between the 4 rods allow us to better identify our lures and keep the lures from getting snagged. Plus keep all the lures in the right strike zone along with reeling in and landing a crappie,Ē said Brown.

    For this technique they use their own rig similar to the BíníM Poles Capps and Coleman Minnow Rig which an angler can use thatís pre-tied. Slide an egg sinker up the line then tied on a swivel, 12-inch lead and tied a 1/0 gold or bronze hook. Size of the egg sinker depends on wind or current as the line must be vertical when fishing.

    Keys to success when fishing this way is keep the line from swinging under the boat or away from the boat. Also go slow and when you think you are going slow enough go a little slower. The point is to be sitting far enough away from the crappie without spooking them, but keeping the boat still and minnows in the strike zone.

    Catching the biggest and targeting them does have Overstreet and Brown concerned about the population of the larger crappie. ďAll of us as fishermen need to be conscientious of taking big crappie out of our reservoirs. Itís important to leave a healthy population of the bigger crappie and harvest the 9- to 11-inch crappie when legal for eating,Ē said Brown.
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    Comments 3 Comments
    1. "G"'s Avatar
      "G" -
      good read
    1. Barnacle Bill's Avatar
      Barnacle Bill -
      Good info too.
    1. Gansett's Avatar
      Gansett -
      Great article Steve. I changed my way of fishing this year. I now fish with minnows (as I always have) and casting jigs. My thought was that I was limiting myself by fishing blow downs/brush piles/man made stuff. By moving around I fish a lot more area, and if I find them I can also use live bait. I should have done it a long time ago. In fact it came to me while watching Richard Gene on You-Tube. I don't have Live-Scope, but use two Gen 3 Helix 10's I'm waiting for Humminbird to come out with their version. As you know, they have developed it; but, they are taking their time in getting it out. In fact, their latest flyer has it. I'll just wait. Anyway, looks like you are moving up in the professional crappie world. Good for you.
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