5 fishing tactics to become a crappiemaster

Crappie fishing is a sport that anyone can enjoy regardless of age or skill level. Crappies are a small species that’s fairly easy to catch. They usually average about one pound but under the right conditions, they can weigh around five pounds. For this reason, they are the perfect species to fish when on a family fishing trip or when teaching someone how to fish for the first time.

Since they’re small, they don’t require any special gear to fish for them but they are a spirited fish that will put up a good fight for their size so they’re a lot of fun to catch. They also taste great so many people catch them to enjoy a delicious meal.

Crappies go by different names depending on where you’re located. Some of the most common names are croppie, papermouth, white perch and slabs. There are two types of crappie referred to as the black and white crappie. They are very similar in appearance but the black crappies are darker in color and they have a few other distinguishing features that make it easy to tell them apart.

If you’re a serious angler with the goal of becoming a crappiemaster, then you’ll need to learn all you can about this species. This will help you discover new ways to reel in bigger crappie more often. Talking to seasoned anglers who have years of experience can help you become better at crappie fishing because they can tell you some of the things they’ve learned through the years. However, nothing beats trial and error so the best thing to do is get out there and fish as often as you can.

Here are 5 crappie fishing tactics to practice that can help you become a crappiemaster:

1. There are a number of techniques that can be used when fishing for crappie. The most popular are still fishing, jigging and casting but many anglers also troll and drift fish for this species. Try different techniques until you discover which one is working the best for you and the location in which you’re fishing.

2. Fish with jigs, streamers, spinnerbaits and small poppers when not using live bait because these are similar to the foods they are attracted to naturally. If you do use live bait, fish with minnows, small threadfin shad and worms.

3. Fish around brushes, weeds, docks, stumps, trees and grassy areas because this is where crappies hang out in search of food.

4. When you find a school of crappies, don’t drop your line into the middle of them. This species scares easily and this will cause them to scatter. Start fishing along the outer edge of the school and slowly move inward as you catch fish after fish.

5. You can catch crappies anytime day or night. This is one of the reasons they are a popular game fish. However, when you’re trying to reel in more fish or the biggest ones, try going fishing right before dusk and stay out until around midnight or go fishing in the early morning hours before dawn. This is when they tend to be the most aggressive and you’ll have better luck.

When fishing at night, use a lantern to attract baitfish to your area and the crappies will follow. They have a tendency of following their food around. Remember to keep the bait slightly above the fish. Their eyes are on top of their head so you’ll get more bites by doing it this way.

When fishing in a new area, take a few minutes and talk to the locals. They can help you find the best places to fish for this species and some may even be willing to offer you a few good fishing tips for the area.
Crappies are an interesting species that can be caught from the shore or from a boat, whichever you prefer. Wherever you choose to fish, it’s important to watch your presentation. This species can see very well and they won’t strike at anything that looks odd or out of place.

If you’re reeling in the bait too fast or if the hook is sticking out of the bait, they will ignore it. Crappies can even see you if you’re fishing in cool, clear water so don’t get too close to the strike zone. Since they spook so easily, it don’t take much to send them in the opposite direction.

The last thing that you need to do is go fishing every chance you get. Crappie fishing, like other sports, takes practice. The more you go the better angler you’ll become. You’ll learn little tips and tricks that will make you a better angler. You’ll also learn the area better and this will help you know where and when to fish for the best results. Before long, you’ll become the crappiemaster in your area.

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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