July 27th – How to fish the Crappie Magnet
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,
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