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How To Fish A Crappie Jig?


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#1 jmed999

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Posted January 10 2012 - 02:25 PM

I've always used minnows on a bobber when fishing for crappie. How do you fish with a crappie jig to catch crappie?

Do you just cast the crappie jig out and steadily reel it in like a spinnerbait, drag it across the bottom or what?

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Posted January 10 2012 - 02:40 PM

Pretty much, you got it. Cast them out, and count them down to where the fish are, and reel them in just fast enough to keep them at that depth. Need to speed up to trigger bites, step in weight. Usually it's the opposite though, and you go lighter for slower retrieve. Do not try with suspended smallies, it doesn't work on them either. :P

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Posted January 10 2012 - 02:54 PM

Thanks for answering. What do you mean, "step in weight"? Thanks!

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Posted January 10 2012 - 02:57 PM

Sorry, step up, as in heavier.

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Posted January 10 2012 - 02:59 PM

You can use bobber as well with jig and let the motion of the water wiggle the jig. With bobber on also reel in 5' or so stop repeat.

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Posted January 10 2012 - 03:01 PM

DO you use a bobber with using a crappie jig?

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Posted January 10 2012 - 03:01 PM

You can use bobber as well with jig and let the motion of the water wiggle the jig. With bobber on also reel in 5' or so stop repeat.


Ok...thanks!

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Posted January 10 2012 - 03:08 PM

Fixed bobber for depths less than the length of the rod, and slip bobber and a stop for greater depths.

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Posted January 10 2012 - 03:13 PM

Do you use a beetle spin the same way as the crappie jig?

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Posted January 10 2012 - 03:29 PM

I dont. Jigs for me are verticle slight twitches up/down. Beetlespins around through brush timber structure moving.

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Posted January 11 2012 - 09:39 AM

I dont. Jigs for me are verticle slight twitches up/down. Beetlespins around through brush timber structure moving.


Agreed. I got a BPS crappie Jig Kit for 20 bucks, and I just cast them out near the timbers then twitches them a bit.

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Posted January 11 2012 - 09:44 AM

You guys are missing out NOT swimming a micro jig. It's a near motionless retireve, sort of like using hair jigs for smallies. Back when NY had a closed bass season, I caught a ton of crappie and gills this way. It was a lot easier to stay on them than any vertical presentation.

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Posted January 11 2012 - 11:38 AM

You guys are missing out NOT swimming a micro jig. It's a near motionless retireve, sort of like using hair jigs for smallies. Back when NY had a closed bass season, I caught a ton of crappie and gills this way. It was a lot easier to stay on them than any vertical presentation.


I am going to give this a try, and just retireve it slowly.

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Posted January 11 2012 - 11:55 AM

Crappie jigs aren't just for crappies, LMB and peacocks love them, not to mention lookdowns, jacks, and runners in sw. I soft jig them and swim them. I use light bucktails and tied jig heads with about 3-4" streamer, which work excellent jigging or swimming( steady retrieve with a slight pulsating motion).

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Posted January 11 2012 - 12:15 PM

I cast and count slow retrieve so slow if you can slow down your reeling to fast I use 1/32 single jigs if there real deep I'll tie on two jigs 18" apart it works for me
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