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  • July 27th – How to fish the Crappie Magnet

    Posted by Brian on July 27, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    The past few months I have been promoting the Crappie Magnet! I love them! For the first time I have been able to continue fishing jigs/soft plastics after the spring(I use to always switch to live bait during the summer months). With that said, I want to make sure everyone knows how to fish them correctly. Lets first make sure you are correctly setting up your hardware.

    I like to use a 1/8oz Crappie Magnet jig. These jigs have two barbs on the shaft of the jig head. This allow the Magnet to stay up on the shaft and not fall down while fishing. You can also add super glue to make sure the Magnets never falls down. Now your ready to fish.

    From here you want to find your brush with your electronics. Once you find your brushpile, throw a marker buoy off the side of your boat to mark its exact spot. Idle with your trolling motor to the buoy and drop your Magnet down into the brushpile. Let the Magnet sink all the way to the bottom. Once on the bottom, reel in any excess line. Reel your lure up 2 -3 full turns with the handle so it is 2ft-4ft(depending on reel retrieve ratio) off the bottom and suspending in the brushpile. Now you are in the crappie’s home and in position to get a bite at any time. I like to let my Magnet sit still for 3-5 seconds and then give it a little twitch…. 6″-12″. If you lift your rod too high, or too often, you will decrease your bites.

    Once you get a bite and feel the weight of the crappie on the end of your line, set the hook with a little jerk up and keep pressure on your line. If you set the hook too hard your lose him and if you do not keep your line tight while reeling in your crappie, you will probably lose him as well. As the crappie makes its way to the surface, swing your prize into the boat and do it again! If you go 20 minutes without a bite, move to another area.

    Crappie, Crappie, Crappie,

    Brian replied 10 years, 10 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • tomlida1

    July 28, 2013 at 3:27 am

    So how deep is the brush you typically fish. I typically fish from Hobson pike to dam and either my electronics aren’t working correctly or there just isn’t that much brush down that way. Got a few spots but usually it’s in 5 ft or so. Don’t think that’s doing it for summer crappie.

    Also I’ve had issues with crappie magnet with light line in the wind any tips on that

  • Brian

    July 28, 2013 at 5:09 am

    I typically fish brush from 10ft-20ft. Sometimes the crappie are in shallow brush and sometimes deep brush. Then it is really hot or cold, the deeper trees produce more. I have very few trees below Hobson pike bridge and from my experience there is nowhere near as many as mid and up lake. I would come up a little further and look for trees or you could set some of your own trees out. The trees need to be in that deeper depth to produce this time of year. If you continue to look for brush down there, you want to look for brush in areas where a flat drops off into the main channel. For example, try looking for brush at the end of the bluff wall at “hole in the wall”. Keep your boat in 15ft(right on the drop) and idle slowing until you see a brushpile. I just found one over there a few weeks ago.

    Also, watch my youtube video on “Finding Brush with your Electronics”. This will help you know what to look for.

    I use 6lb line. It works great for me. I would not use anything higher than 6lb(4lb works great too, but it breaks easier when you get snagged in the trees). When you let your bait sink to the bottom and start jigging it, keep your rod down close to the water. This will keep the wind from blowing your line and also give you leverage to set the hook and keep pressure when reeling in a crappie.

  • simplecircuit

    July 29, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Fishing for bass, I see guys fishing in Hamilton creek all the time parked on top of brush piles that should be in 10-15feet at this time of year. Try graphing the 10-20ft range from the old Anderson Road back into the creek. There is a big flat on that side of the creek that seems to have brush planted in several places. With side-imaging, you should be able to find it pretty quickly. Hope this helps.

  • creekcrappie

    August 10, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Sorry this late, but what colors have been most productive this year?

  • Brian

    August 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    A variety of colors have been productive, but I really like black and chartreuse, pearl and purple and chartreuse.

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