3 Secrets to Catch Huge Crappie

Crappies are a fun and interesting game fish that’s sought out by all types of anglers. They’re a rather small fish so any crappie weighing over three pounds is considered to be huge but some of them can weigh close to five pounds. If you’re seeking out one of these larger fish, there are a few secrets available that can help you become more productive.

Catching crappies is fairly easy. They don’t require any special gear and since they can see so well, they are attracted to colors. Therefore, using jigs is normally very effective. You’ll also find that fishing with minnows, live or artificial, will yield excellent results. This makes finding the right bait easy because they will often strike at most anything. Still, sometimes, they can be very picky and you’ll need to experiment with different baits so always carry a variety of lures with you each time you go fishing.

It doesn’t matter if you’re fishing for the white or black crappie. Applying the 3 secrets below can help you be more productive when you want to catch a huge crappie:

1. Crappies hang out around weeds, grassy areas, stumps, trees, brush, rocks and similar structures. Normally, anglers look for the larger structures so they can increase the number of bites they get. However, when you’re
searching for the larger crappies, you’ll want to look around some of the smaller brush where the baitfish is plentiful because this is where they’ll be hanging out in search of food.

2. The size of your bait is very important if you want to catch huge crappies. You’ll need to make the bait larger than what you would use when fishing for any size crappie but still small enough for it to get the bait in
its small mouth. The best way to determine what size to use is by fishing with normal size bait and when you get a bite, determine the size of the crappie that took the bait. If it’s one of the smaller ones, then go up in size a little at a time until you start getting bites by some of the larger crappies. If at any point you stop getting bites altogether, you’re probably using bait that is too large for this species and you’ll need to go back down a size.

3. Crappies do move around a lot because they tend to follow the baitfish around. However, they normally follow the same patterns based on the time of year and the water conditions. Once you begin to learn the area and the paths the crappies take, you’ll be able to find them faster and spend more time reeling them in instead of searching for them. Keep track of when you find a school of crappies by noting the location and the weather conditions at that time and it’ll help you know where to start the next time you’re fishing in
similar conditions.

It’s important to remember that when you use larger bait, you reduce the number of bites that you can get. This is because the bait will be too large for the smaller fish to take so only the larger crappie will be striking your line. For this reason, you can automatically expect to get fewer bites but when you do get one, it will most likely be from one of the larger crappies.

Normally, when you get one bite, you should get more because this species is a school that swims together in groups. The best gear to use when fishing for crappies is the ultra-light rod and reel set combined with the lightest weight fishing line and smallest tackle possible.

You’ll want to use the smallest tackle you can get by with for two reasons. One is because they can see so well that if you use large tackle they will see it and swim off in the opposite direction. The other reason is because they have such small mouths that large tackle won’t fit into it good enough to hook the fish.

The temperature of the water will play a major role in how the crappies respond to your bait. They’re naturally more active in certain temperatures than others and they can see better in cold water, which means you’ll need to be more careful not to spook them away when fishing in cold water. Nevertheless, they can be caught in all temperatures, which is one of the reasons this sport fish is so popular. You don’t have to hang up the fishing rod when cold weather sets in, although, they will be more active in the spring and fall than at any other
time.

If you want to catch huge crappie, then put the 3 secrets mentioned above to work for you and take some time to learn all you can about this species. The more you know about crappies, the easier it will be for you to reel in a nice catch. Combine this knowledge with lots of practice and who knows, you may be the next person to reel in a new state or world record for crappies.

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