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  • Trolling crappie

    Posted by rayzor65 on May 31, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I got on the water at 5:30 am and fished till the first jet ski buzzed by which was 10:30. I trolled curly tails in black/chart and pink/chart till about 8:30 when the bite slowed down. I was running about .8 mph in 10 to 14 fow and caught around a dozen plus with 6 being keepers, descent size but nothing impressive. I then rigged to push 4 crank baits from the front and pulled 2 out the back. Between 8:30 and when I wrapped up I put 7 more in the well, the crank bait crappie were all bigger than the crappie caught on curly tails and I only caught a few that weren’t keepers on the cranks. Best cranks were a chart/black and the pink/black, I was pushing at about 12′ deep in 16 to 20 fow running 1.2 mph, pulling I was running about 10 feet deep, I caught 4 of the keepers pushing and the rest pulling. All in all it was a good trip, 2 best fish were 14″ plus.

    Have a great day,
    Ray

    rayzor65 replied 8 years ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • chawchaw

    Member
    May 31, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    What are good crankbaits for trolling crappie
    I usually just do 1/32 crappie magnets but would like to try the crankbait
    How do you get it down 12 ft ? How big of baits

  • Abe

    Member
    May 31, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks for the report. What do you mean by pushing vs. pulling. I have an idea but not certain. I have not done much spider rigging ect. My crappie fishing usually consist of tight lining or a bobber.

  • shad3036

    Member
    June 1, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for the info. I really like pulling crankbaits. Just got the 3 oz sinkers for pushing cranks. Hopefully I will get to give pushing a try soon.

  • rayzor65

    Member
    June 1, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I like to pull either the Arkie 350 or the Bandit 300, I usually let out 80 to 100 feet of line, before I got the line counters I would make a long cast with a long sweep with the rod to get a little extra out, that seemed to work as well as the line counters to be honest. Running 1.2 to 1.5 mph would get me down 10 to 14 feet. Pushing I use 12 foot poles, one rod is 45 degrees pointing forward the other is at 90 degrees. I tie a 3 oz. weight on and then have a 36″ long tag that I tie the 200 Bandit or 250 Arkie on. Running at the above speed the pushing lines will run at about a 45 degree angle with 10 lb line, to run 12 feet deep I let out about 16 feet of line which will put me close to the 12 foot mark. (add 1/3 to the length of the depth you want to run) if you want to run 6 feet deep add a third or 2 feet and let out 8 feet of line. I use the smaller cranks pushing because I’m using the weight to get me down. If you go to Mississippi crappie.com you can read for days under crank bait 101. I like the pushing because of the control following the lake contours. I would suggest scanning the routes you plan to run to make sure you can maneuver around brush or stake beds, it can get expensive quick if you don’t. My go to water depths is 20 to 14 feet starting with cranks at 12 and 10 feet and working up unless I’m marking fish at deeper levels. I have marked fish at 20 feet deep and had them come up 10 feet to get the crank so deeper isn’t better when cranking.

    Have fun,
    Ray

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