Three crappie hooks – when and how to use them

Crappies are an amazing little species of fish that gets lots of attention. It’s small and easy enough to catch so anyone can fish for them. You don’t need any fancy equipment because they can be fished with even the most basic set-up.

Nevertheless, they will put up a good fight for their size and this makes them fun and interesting to catch. They also make a very tasty meal which is another reason why so many people enjoy reeling them in.

When fishing for crappie you’ll need to use light action rod and reel combos along with small tackle. This will help you feel when you get a bite and make it easier for it to take the bait. The mouth of the crappie is very small and thin so you need to use small tackle to match its size. Normally, four to eight pound test line is sufficient to use and number 10 or 12 hooks work very well. Below you’ll find three great crappie fishing hooks to use along with how and when to use them effectively. These will help to turn your ordinary fishing trip into a great, exciting one.

Crappie Fishing Hooks

The fishing hook doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Consider the fact that the hook is the one thing that actually catches the fish and brings it onto shore. The rod and reel helps you catch the crappie by allowing you to place the hook into the strike zone and the fishing line reels it in as you retrieve your
line. However, it’s the hook that holds the fish secure until you get it onshore. When you think of it this way, you can see just how important the crappie fishing hook truly is.

Here are three crappie hooks and a brief description on how and when to use

1. Long Shank Hooks- These are the best hooks to use when you’re fishing with minnows. These allow the minnow to move around more naturally to capture the attention of the crappie faster. The fish can also get the whole minnow and hook in its mouth when it bites so this helps to reduce the number of crappie that bite and then get away because the hook wasn’t secure.
2. Circle Hooks- The circle hooks have a unique design that hooks and secures the crappie making it even more difficult for them to get away. These work best when fishing with live bait such as minnows and worms. These will normally hook the fish in the corner of the mouth which makes it easier to remove them and they do less damage than many of the other hooks.
3. Weedless Crappie Jigheads- These are the perfect hooks to use when fishing for crappies in thick brush, weeds, grass beds and similar areas. They don’t hang up like other hooks and are very effective for catching crappies.

It’s recommended that you have a variety of all three of these lures with you when fishing for crappie so you can pick and choose as you need them. Always check your hooks to make sure they’re sharp and in good condition. You don’t want to use hooks that are rusted, bent out of shape or dull. These will ruin a fishing trip very quickly by causing you to lose more crappie than you catch.

Crappies can be found in all types of lakes, rivers, creeks, streams and ponds. They can be caught by anyone regardless of experience and on even the most basic equipment. They’re not a large fish but they will put up a good fight that keeps you coming back for more. This plus the fact that they’re a great tasting fish makes them a popular game fish.

The hook plays a very important role in the success of your crappie fishing trips. They can actually make it easier to hook the fish, ultimately increasing the number of crappies you catch. Choose your crappie fishing hooks wisely and you’ll see better results each time you hit the water. Always carry extra hooks with you when you head out to the water to go crappie fishing. It’s easy to lose hooks and it would be a shame to have to end your fishing trip early and go home simply because you don’t have extra with you.

Fishing for crappies is a lot of fun and something the whole family can do together. It’s a great way to spend quality time with your kids enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery. However, it’s important that you follow all
safety rules and pay close attention to your surroundings when fishing. Any body of water creates a dangerous environment so you should always be careful when on the water. You don’t want your fishing trip to be cut short due to an accident that could have been avoided.

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

One Response to “Three crappie hooks – when and how to use them”

  1. greg mingle says:

    what size circle hooks would you recommend?

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