Backcountry Crappie Fishermen Reveal

Archive for April, 2011

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Successful Crappie Fishing Requires the Ability to Detect the Bite

I got a chance to go fishing Saturday night for a few hours.  I love Crappie fishing at night this time of year because there is virtually no boat traffic, and you’re not sweating to death because of the heat.  In a month or so, it will start to warm up a little more down here in Texas, and even the nights will be a bit warm then.

If you are an inexperienced Crappie fisherman, then sometimes you will miss the bite.  Such was the case Saturday night.

The way they were biting was that they would bump the bait, (we were using live minnows fished under lights), and then a couple of minutes later, they would start pushing the line sideways. I should also mention that we were  tight-line fishing.

Experienced Crappie fisherman know that this is a Crappie, and set the hook.  But if you don’t know what is happening, the fish will take your bait in nothing flat.  Once that line is going to the side, lift up and reel, and you’ll have your fish.

My last trip out they were biting totally different.  They would bump the line, and then there would be a bunch of slack.  When you see this slack, the Crappie has the bait in his mouth and is pushing it up.  Firmly jerk your rod and reel up, and you’ll have him hooked.

Be careful though, because when they are biting like this, they don’t always give you the “courtesy” bump first.  You’ll just look and all of a sudden have a bunch of slack.  If you are  too late, he’ll have his dinner, and you will have none.

Crappie will on occasion just hit the bait, but more often than not, they will use one of the biting methods discussed to obtain their meal.

If you are using a cork, the principle is the same.  If you see your cork heading sideways, jerk back in the opposite direction and start reeling.  Make sure that whenever you are Crappie fishing, that you do not set the hook too hard, because it will rip out of their mouths.  Many fisherman have nicknamed Crappie “papermouths” for this reason.

It can take a little practice to get the feel for how Crappie bite, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to catch all you want.