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  • Throwing jigs for Crappie

    Posted by deputyedwards2525 on March 23, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Ok, in the past all I have done is drop shot minnows for crappie. I want to learn how to use artificial baits to catch crappie. What kind of jigs do you guys like? Color? And rod and reel? The main thing I want to learn is how to throw jigs I feel like you can cover more ground

    shad3036 replied 10 years, 2 months ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Brian

    Administrator
    March 23, 2014 at 2:12 am

    I like to cast a 1/16oz and 1/32oz Crappie Magnet Double Cross jig head with a Crappie Magnet(you will be receiving some in the mail since you just sign up to the forum). I know a lot of guys like the longer ultra light rods, but I like a 5″ or 5 1/2″ ultra light rods with a small spinning reel and 4-6lb line. I like to fish boat docks in creeks and coves. Try to find the docks with brush underneath them. Cast down the side of the dock, let it sink a little and the retrieve slowly until you feel that “tick”!

  • rayzor65

    Member
    March 23, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I fish for crappie and 90% of the time with jigs, I would be glad to show you how. Where do you put in at on OH?

  • deputyedwards2525

    Member
    March 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Usually station camp creek….. only crappie fished olé hick a handful of times. Usually stay on priest because I went on a couple trips with Brian and he had us hooked out there. But would love to learn more on olé hick.

  • jawshome285

    Member
    March 31, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for the tips…. This is my first season attempting catch crappie. So far, I have had mixed results with most coming on minnows. However, I have been throwing the jig quite a bit but with not much luck. So here is my question, I come from a bass fishing background where you let the worm or jig sink to the bottom and slow retrieve it bouncing it off the bottom. From what I am reading, it sounds like I am doing it wrong. Should I cast out, let it sink 6-8 feet and slow retrieve it in instead of bottom jigging? Sounds like that is what I am hearing.

    Thanks for all the help!

  • rayzor65

    Member
    March 31, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    It really depends on what you are fishing and depth, right now I’m catching fish on fallen trees in around 8 to 10 fow, I rig my jig up weedless (simular to rigging a worm up weedless). I cast to the shore and start reeling very slow, pulling the jig over branches. Most times the “tick” comes just after the jig goes over the top of the branch and starts to fall. Other times its like I clear the structure and the fish come out to catch the jig, those are usually more of a “thump” or the line just feels heavy, set the hook! If I’m casting to a rocky or rip rap shore I just bring it back on a slow retrieve. A lot of the times they will follow it till you start bringing it up then hit it so don’t slow retrieve just 10 feet then crank it back in, you’ll miss a lot of fish if you do. I also like to use Stren original gold hi vis line (4 to 6lb), there are a lot of times I see the line jump but never feel the bite, again set the hook.

    Good luck,
    Ray

  • jawshome285

    Member
    April 1, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks Ray, that helps a bunch. This is my first rodeo with crappie so I am just trying to take in all the information I can. So far, its kind of slow, but I know we really haven’t hit the spawn yet.

    Thanks again.

  • shad3036

    Member
    April 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Ray, how do you rig crappie jigs weedless? Do you do that with crappie magnets or something similar? What kind of jig head do you use? How wide is the hook? Do you bury the hook in the plastic somehow? How do you set the hook hard enough with 4lb line to get it through the plastic and in to the crappie’s mouth quick enough? I am really interested because I have thought about it several times. I get tired always getting hung up. Pictures would be great. 🙂 Thanks for the help. Dave

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