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Thread: What are the best crappie jigs?
03-05-2012, 06:38 PM #11
gotbuck, I like roadrunners, too. and always have some crappie nibbles, too. but I can't saw exactly what my favorite jig would be. I do prefer a hook that will bend out when it gets snagged, though. and I like the solid body tubes over the hollow ones because they hold up better. some days the crappie want that bait sitting still and those days I switch to a feather or hair jig because the water makes hair and feathers "breathe" when they are sitting still. as far as color goes, ya gotta have a little of every thing. the color they like will change with the winds. oh and when jiging, remember that crappie almost always are looking up and they naturaly feed up. so they tend to hit on the drop, and then swim up some. you wont always feel that thump, watch for limp lines when they should be tight.
and don't be too proud to buy a few minners! go ahead and tip your jigs with them and add a nibble if ya have to. some days that is the difference between a skunk and a limit.
03-05-2012, 09:43 PM #12
Man there are as many choices of crappie baits as catfishing rigs. Been leaning to maribou type jigs for pole dabbing as I just think the maribou in the water does the trick as it twitches. Lots of great suggestions guys. You guys ever slip float them and when would I use that setup? The water I fish for catfish has some standing grass areas that I think will hold crappie, the water is dingy, or muddy most of the time. I assume I would use a bright color, chartreuse or white? Maybe use a small grub on the hook? What do you think? Thanks.Fire at will, which one's will? Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk
03-05-2012, 10:39 PM #13
you just never know on the color but in dingy water I usually start out with black and chartruse or black and orange. red also has a dark profile in dingy water. road runner heads sometimes really help in dingy water as do larger jig bodies.
as for slip floats, they are a tool to keep close, those days when crappies are spooky and/or deep, a slip float saves the day. I keep a rod rigged with a slip float to cast to any stick-ups or brush while I am slow trolling or jigging along a bluff. sometimes I just let it drag behind the boat.
I also ALWAYS have 1 pole in a rod holder fished straight down over the boat while your jigging. just set it about 6-10 ft deep, add a nibble or minnow or both, put rod in holder and just keep an eye on it. you will catch a lot of "bonus fish" like this and some big ones too.
03-06-2012, 06:31 PM #14
i like to use the panfish assassin 2" curltail minnows in silver, chatreuse glitter, limetreuse, electric chicken, etc. have caught thousands of crappie on these. they are about 2 bucks for 10 or 15. i use 1/32 oz jigs because i cast out and reel in along shelves, and the lighter jig weight lets me keep the jig at a more consistent depth. something that is a blast when they are on their beds is a red and white streamer fly if you have access to some clearer water.
03-13-2012, 08:05 PM #15
I've been reading about the Alabama Rig used for stippers and bass. I found them for crappies. I found a web site that sells the raw materials to make my own. Hopefully they'll produce!!
They come in different configurations and you have to check your state's law about how many hooks you can have. Like here in CA you can only have three hooks. So you can either, have three arms or have five arms and use two as dummy so your bait ball looks bigger. I'm very anxious to get out there and try it!!
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03-13-2012, 10:26 PM #16
the down side is that it was bulky to cast, and my design tangled up on the cast a lot. not to mention the extra snaggs. and once I got a little better at swimming a jig, I just quit using umbrellas because I caught just as many fish. if you really want to load the boat with slabs, try trolling crankbaits along a wooded bluff or a rocky point.
03-15-2012, 09:09 PM #17
Well its been a week of crappie chasing, monday its 12, tuesday its 22, wednesday its 30, thursday its 24 I'M TIRRRED,---now I've been with people---no ILLEAGLE--SICK BIRD CHITTTT HERE--anyway for anyone who likes to fish whatever is going on--red roadrunners, charturse roadrunners, JOHNDEERE GREEN 2" grubs and ROOTBEER grubs, TABLEROCK AND STOCKTON, 58* both of them, they are about 3 weeks ahead of normal but it is what it is, better get out there and get em, cuz its fix'n to head to Truman RIGHT NOW.
03-25-2012, 08:33 PM #18
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I have been having good results with BPS squirmin' squirts tipped with a crappie nibble. I used them uder a crappie bobber and give the rod 3 subtle twitches about every 15 or 20 seconds.
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03-26-2012, 12:23 PM #19
I think it all boils down to what you are comfortable with and the environmental conditions. and a little luck