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Discussion in 'Crappie Fishing' started by catfishhunter17, Jul 19, 2007.
what size minnows do you all use ????just wonderin
I usually use 3" shiners or 4" creek chubbs.:0a23:
3-5" threadfin shad
the smallest minnows the bait shop has. usually around 3".
4 to 6 inch blue back herring. I usually cut them in half when I use them. Sometime I do fish the live though.(whole)
I'm with tufffish. For crappie I get whatever the bait shop has. I don't want any that are too small (less than 2").
does any body catch crappie on creek chubs?
I like them down to 1 1/2 inch on Toledo Bend. If you are stuck w/ a bunch of small shiners and the crappie like the bigger stuff, try tipping a jig w/ a shiner hooked thru the lip this will work sometime.
I fished with a guide here a few years ago. He used "Little Reds", he said that was the best crappie minnow. They are to hard keep alive in hot weather and usually the bait shops stop having them in the hot weather for they can't keep them alive.
Here nothing over 2". 1 1/2 " is better.
I dont think what we use would be considered minnows since some are close to 3 inches. We use plenty of air and ice in hot weather!!! Just throw a soda bottle in deepfreeze and instant cooling power and tastes good later on!!:tounge_out:
The local bait shop refrigerates their water but when it gets hot they stop selling Little Reds. They have regular crappie minnows all summer.
Wow! How big are the Crappie where you guys are? Do you have any pictures of them?I saw Mr.Fost's 5 lb.record Crappie from the Santee in the 50's.I don;t think it could swallow some of these baits.We have a little native guppy in the south east US.It is a top water minnow.The females get to around 2",have a white belly with a black dot on each side and give live birth.These potbellied female minnows are some of the best bait I have ever used for all fish from small to large.All types of Bream,Crappie,Bass,Catfish,Pickerel,perch,you name it will hit this little minnow.I think they are a type of "fish candy".I have caught 6 lb.Bass and 10 lb.Bowfin on these little minnows.They stay alive well too under harsh conditions.Heat is our biggest bait killer down here be it Minnows,worms,Crickets or grubs.The only way that I have found to keep minnows alive in hot weather is to rig a bait well or tank to pull in river water and overflow back overboard.This is not hard to rig with a garbage can,a pump on a hose over the side when you are still and a overflow hose.Hull fittings picked up at BP.will work for the hoses.Tubing run out the back of the boat and stuck down just under the bottom of the boat will force water to bait with a boat on a plane.I love you Brothers and Sisters.peewee
We usually use a Feathered Jig head with a Crappie Minnow ( which is about 2 inchs) and have been doing a pretty decent job in pulling out 15 and 16 inch crappies we usually limit out which is 10 each so about 30 of them aday. a few years back we where pulling 2 lbs white crappies out of a chain of lakes by our house in 2 foot of water using the same set up. The 15 and 16 inch crappies are around a lbs and a half
Rosie Reds, they work GREAT for crappie.
Otherwise, we normally get mediums which are about 2-3 inch minnows.