Crappie Fishing Basic Gear

When you are crappie fishing, be sure to think about the line. I like monofilament line because it’s usually clear and blends in with the water color. There are other advantages as well, many other lines are not compatible with most reels and will simply burn through the guides on your rod with ease. My suggestion is, if you are fishing for crappie or other pan fish, to stick with smooth very low friction line like a monofilament.

When choosing a test for you line stick to the minimum. The lower test will allow you to tie better knots and give your bait better movement, but these are also more susceptible to nicks and breaking. Trust me in that you can reel in a five pound fish with three pound line if you are patient. So be sure to pick a line weight that suits your needs. Also if you have a large capacity barrel on your reel and are using a light line try filling the first half of the barrel with heavy weight line.

All that is left is the hook. The whole trick to catching a fish is in the hook without a hook your bait really won’t do much. Regardless of how you dress your hook I still suggest a single barbed hook. When the hook is set properly it really does very little injury to the fish. Don’t set the hook like you are trying to yank the lips off the fish but rather just get the hook through the bait and the lip of the fish; usually with pan fish a simple flick of the wrist is good. Don’t choose a hook that is too large for your target but be sure to get one small enough they will take a bite.

With the basics out of the way you should be able to start fishing for the perfect crappie.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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