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Learning To Crappie Fish - From The Beginning

Aug 15, 2008
Crappie fishing is an excellent hobby that can be enjoyed by anglers of all ages and sizes. Crappie are available in almost all of the United States and are known for being great pound for pound fighters and are excellent table fare.

There are two different kinds of Crappie, White Crappie and Black Crappie. There are not many differences between the two varieties except for color. White Crappie prefer faster moving areas and grow a little bit larger than Black Crappie.

Most of the fish you catch will be in the half to one pound size range. Trophy Crappie fishing is angling for two pound or greater fish.

Using the proper equipment will make Crappie fishing much more enjoyable. You can catch Crappie with a wide variety of equipment but the key is to make the effort as sporting as possible.

A light action fishing rod is the proper choice for Crappie fishing. Since you will be fishing with jigs a high quality rod with a high degree of feel will help you detect bites and catch fish that others will not.

If you use a longer rod of at least six feet you will be able to cast a long distance and enhance your catch ratio. I advise spending more on your rod and saving on other pieces of equipment.

You reel is not very important when Crappie fishing. You need a functional reel for sure but that is the extent of the requirement.

Crappie will not fight hard enough to require a well oiled drag nor do they require a reel with a high gear ratio or fast retrieve. Any functional spinning reel is more than adequate for the task when Crappie fishing.

Line selection is a crucial element of fishing for Crappie. Crappie are an extremely wary fish that has a keen eye for detecting line. You should not only use light line but use a high quality line as well. For Crappie I believe that four pound test line is the heaviest you will require.

Anything heavier than four pounds takes the sport out of the exercise and will cause you to miss fish you would have caught otherwise. This is where your expensive rod will come in handy. A high quality rod will provide you with enough fish fighting ability to compensate for the light line required to entice fish to bite.

You can catch Crappie with both live and artificial bait, quite often a combination of the two. For live bait your number one choice is a small lively minnow. This bait is so popular for Crappie it is referred to across the United States as Crappie Minnows.

You will hook them either once in the upper back or once through the lips for a more natural swimming motion and presentation. You can also use nitecrawlers and other insects like grasshoppers for bait. It is the small minnow however that provides your best chance for action.

The main artificial bait used for Crappie is the jig. For Crappie you will want a small jig head that is weighted to the head runs below the body of the jig. For colors there are tow that work best. Florescent pink is without a doubt the number one color for catching Crappie. The next color to use is chartreuse.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best crappie fishing information possible. Get more information on Crappie Fishing here: http://www.askcrappiefishing.com/
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