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Okay so I already asked a question similar to this one but I kind of want to be more specific as to my situation and what bait I want to use. As a beginner I found this small to medium size pond that does has bass in it, crappie, sunfish and who knows what else. I don't know if that pond has a decent amount of bass in it though. I want to use the 5" Gary Yamamoto Senkos and stick to soft plastics for now. My question is will crappie bite on 5 inch senkos because if there is barely any bass in that pond and the crappie won't bite on that, I will be pretty bored and dissapointed lol. If they won't bite on that what soft plastics and sizes do you suggest for crappie? What do you guys think?

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They will not only bite it but they will steal it off your hook. ;)

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Small white grubs work well for Crappie. One to three inches. Also live minnows are an excellent bait. And the Rooster Tail can be an excellent presentation. :)

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On a 5" senko they will do nothing but annoy the crap out of you. Like Sam said...small grubs or minnows.

Assuming you are bank fishing beetle spins will be great. And you will catch about any type of fish in there on them.

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A 5" Senko is usually too large for most crappie. I pour my own soft plastic minnows (similar to 3" Mann's Shadow), rig them on 1/16 or 1/32 oz jigheads (no collar) and never fail to catch every species in the lake. Bass Pro's 2" and 3" Spring grubs rigged the same way are certain to catch fish.

I you're using spinning tackle, you might want to consider only using light braid (Stealth or Power) Pro in 10# test or less. You'll feel the slightest tick with braid and the fish hook themselves as long as your rod action is light, ultralight or ligh medium. The line casts light lures a good

distance, sinks faster than mono and doesn't twist.

Just remember,slower is better all year round because the longer the fish sees the lure, the more apt to be provoked into biting it. There are hundreds of styles of small multispecies artificial luress that kids 4 years old on up can easily catch fish on. Right place, right time may produce over 50 schooled panfish mixed with bass and pickerel. Never stay in one spot if the bite is

dead in that area. Active fish feed together.

Good luck

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I definately agree on the Beetle Spins! Hopefully you have an ultralight rig with 4-6 lb test. If so, try fishing a 1/32 oz Beetle Spin. Just buy a few in diferent colors. start with solids first though. Try white, then black or chartreuse, and just cast and retreive, giving the bait the occasional pause. Another great bait to try if you're using gear that can cast it effectively (they're only 1/8 oz) is the Strike King Bitsy Pond Minnow! Bass Pro Shops carries them, as well as Walmart. These are two baits you really can't go wrong with. If there are fish in there, you'll get bit!

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like others have said 5" is a little to big. if ur going to use one use a 3" yum dinger. I caught a really nice 13" crappie on a 4" senko though. roostertails/mepps would work. also some small crankbaits

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I have caugt some bigger than average (14"+) crappies on 5" senkos while bass fishing, and also some big bass on small panfish stuff, but that don't mean you should bass fish with crappie jigs, and crappie fish with bass baits. I am not a crappie fisherman, but all the guys I know who do well crappie fishing, use 2" or 3" baits, like gulp minnows, or small tubes and grubs.

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Crappie's aren't afraid of big lures. My friend caught a 17" crappie on my Yum Dancin' Eel.

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