Crappie techniques, part one of two

Steve Coleman using a float for crappie

Steve Coleman using a float for crappie

Do not be confused by all the “jargon”. Each technique below features a link to a video or piece of equipment. If I can do it, you certainly can.

It is just that. This is as simple as casting a light spinning outfit with a Road Runner on the end. We often find crappie this way, especially around structure like points. Casting around submerged cover will often out-fish other techniques. Try the ESP #E60PLS rod for the best results.

Dock shooting-
This technique is like shooting and fishing at the same time. Lower the 1/32nd or 1/16th oz. Road Runner to the first guide. Now pull the Road Runner between the thumb and forefinger down to the first guide. Point and shoot. Do not attempt this technique with just any spinning outfit. A special rod like the B’n M Sharpshooter is perfect. Watch Russ shoot docks in this video.

Float fishing-
This is another simple technique with perhaps the same spinning gear as casting. However, you will be suspending a minnow or jig above the structure or around cover. While this is not a year-round trick, it can be deadly.

Jigging- (Some call this one-poling)
This one is like flipping for bass. This is a vertical presentation where you simply lower the minnow to the structure or cover. You will want to “tap” the brush while not snagging it. Rigging a drop shot minnow with the weight below will reduce the snagging. Sensitivity is extremely important here. The best pole for this technique is the B’n’M, Sam Heaton Jigging pole. I prefer the “bottom seat” configuration so the entire handle is against my arm. (More contact means more sensitivity.)

Crappie expert, Russ Bailey

Crappie expert,
Russ Bailey

Shallow jigging-
This is mostly a spring or fall technique. It combines a tiny float with a Road Runner around lily pads and shallow cover. Russ’s Crappie Wizard Pole is perfect for this. You simply lower the jig by a pad and slowly jig it to the next pad.

Next week we review, long lining, side pulling, and spider rigging.

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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4 Responses to Crappie techniques, part one of two

  1. richardmax22 says:

    In all my years of fishing, I have never targeted Crappie. When I have caught them it was totally by accident. I am usually found bass fishing for either large or smallmouth. But because I practice catch and release with the bass, that doesn’t mean I don’t love fresh water filets as well as the next guy. So this time of the year I target yellow perch, stocking my freezer with perch filets. Though the bass fishing wanes, the perch will bite right on through the winter, and I take my boat out whenever the weather permits.

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