I'm an artifical nut .So I never ever tip it with a minnow. I'll change colors or baits. But we all kneaux how squirrely those fish can be. Kinda like my Wife of 31-years....whatcha get one time may not work the next. Maybe that's why I like fishing crappie so much and marriage can be challenging all the time!!:crazy:
When I was growing up in Ohio, I would tip jigs with minnows most of the time. Once though, a guy showed my uncle and I an artificial that he was using. It was a small white cricket. He was KILLING the crappie with it! We started using that and going between that and minnows.
I'm usually drifting across a lake for crappie. I use a little lead head hook under a bobber sometimes with a skirt sometimes without but always with a minnow on the hook. Minnows are so cheap and plentiful so why not use them? Besides that when was the last time you saw any small pan type fish pass up live bait. I even catch nice size eating cat fish this way, on a regular basis.
Thankx everyone, this poll has helped me alot.I have always used a minnow and bobber. It looks to me like it up to your presonal preferance.the next time I go out I wont stop at the bait shop.It just wont seem right going w/o minnows. thankx again smokey