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  • Finding Crappie Brush Piles Without Electronics

    Posted by nickbaumhardt on August 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Brian!

    I’d like to locate good brush piles for crappie, but i do not have any electronics on my small john boat. I’m aware of the various brush piles/fish attractors that the TWRA have set up that are marked with a piece of PVC pipe coming out of the water. My question is this – can i just fish any of those TWRA brush piles and have a good chance to find crappie? are there certain ones that seem to always produce? How should i approach fishing for crappie without electronics to help?



    Brian replied 10 years, 10 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • simplecircuit

    August 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    This probably sounds crazy…
    If you’re looking for brush piles, one of the best ways to find them is to fish a big deep diving crankbait in areas where you know the depth. You will without fail start to snag up in brush in the “likely” places – near drops, on points, along flats. I would try throwing a Strike King 6XD on braid, that way you are digging down to around 20ft deep and will be able to pull free if you are snagged in brush as opposed to rocks. For the rocks, bring a plug knocker with you. I accidentally find brush piles all the time when throwing my favorite or most expensive crankbaits… Hope this helps.

    also, you could always plant your own piles.

  • Brian

    August 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I agree with simplecircuit….it is old fashion, but that is how they used to do it. Another strategy is to look for items nailed to trees on the bank….cans, red reflector tape or ribbon. This indicates brush that someone put out directly in front of that marker.

    If it was me, I would save up for a cheap depth finder or try ebay.


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