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#3127053 - 01/16/13 04:35 PM Re: Help from Crappie Fishermen [Re: agelesssone]
chimneyman
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Thanks for all the info we are fishing Bobby Garland jigs 5-6 feet deep using pear shaped plastic floats Now if all this water gets out of here i'll go try it again Thanks
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#3128899 - 01/17/13 08:28 PM Re: Help from Crappie Fishermen [Re: blountcountyboy]
DPH
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 Originally Posted By: blountcountyboy
Crappie feed UP so a lot of times when the crappie rises to take the flie they continue to rise and therefore the float will "fall over" or just raise up out of the water somewhat. On a slow downwards bite the float will only sink slightly. My suggestion is to keep a closer eye on your float while NOT catching fish therefore you know what is the "usual" position of your float and set the hook on anything that's out of the norm.



What he said. Sometimes the bites are hard to see and the only way you can tell they are biting is that if the float is drifting in the current or the wind it will just stop drifting. Float may not twitch, lay over, bob up, or go under just stop drifting.

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#3129225 - 01/18/13 07:46 AM Re: Help from Crappie Fishermen [Re: DPH]
RJT
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Try this trick, we often fish jigs as light as 1/80th oz during winter.After experimenting with several floats what seems to be the best for light biters is a small weighted round float. The float has a lead weight around the very bottom end , just above where the line is clamped in. The trick is the put the float on your line "upside down". Typically the weighted portion would be down closest to the jig but with this rig put the weighted portion up and clip the unweighted portion down. when you cast it, the float will come to rest weight down which leaves the portion of line connected to the jig sticking up. When a fish applies any pressure at all the float must rotate before it can go under. We use orange and white floats and the color change of the float that occurs when it rotates is easy to see. The light biters also make it rotate as the take weight off of the setup and it rotates up. The up bite is much more subtle but with a little practice you can learn to identify it. The key is to get the smallest float that you are able to see. The weighted feature of the float also allows for longer casts and less wind resistance. Longer rods help with casting distance also. I often fish this set up on 8-8 1/2 foot rods. Hope this makes sense.I forgot to add that maximum line weight for us in winter is 4 lb test and lots of days I will fish 2 lb test. Line weight makes a big difference.
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#3129302 - 01/18/13 08:40 AM Re: Help from Crappie Fishermen [Re: RJT]
hitek7
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^^^^^^ Sounds like a great idea. Kinda upset I did not think of that.... but I do not cast jigs very much.
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#3129442 - 01/18/13 11:05 AM Re: Help from Crappie Fishermen [Re: RJT]
Poleaxe
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Registered: 09/08/12
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 Originally Posted By: RJT
Try this trick, we often fish jigs as light as 1/80th oz during winter.After experimenting with several floats what seems to be the best for light biters is a small weighted round float. The float has a lead weight around the very bottom end , just above where the line is clamped in. The trick is the put the float on your line "upside down". Typically the weighted portion would be down closest to the jig but with this rig put the weighted portion up and clip the unweighted portion down. when you cast it, the float will come to rest weight down which leaves the portion of line connected to the jig sticking up. When a fish applies any pressure at all the float must rotate before it can go under. We use orange and white floats and the color change of the float that occurs when it rotates is easy to see. The light biters also make it rotate as the take weight off of the setup and it rotates up. The up bite is much more subtle but with a little practice you can learn to identify it. The key is to get the smallest float that you are able to see. The weighted feature of the float also allows for longer casts and less wind resistance. Longer rods help with casting distance also. I often fish this set up on 8-8 1/2 foot rods. Hope this makes sense.I forgot to add that maximum line weight for us in winter is 4 lb test and lots of days I will fish 2 lb test. Line weight makes a big difference.


Never thot about that. Great advice. Il try that one.

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#3129686 - 01/18/13 02:03 PM Re: Help from Crappie Fishermen [Re: Poleaxe]
chimneyman
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I like that idea with the weighted floats
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#3129963 - 01/18/13 06:29 PM Re: Help from Crappie Fishermen [Re: agelesssone]
ashleeranderson
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For winter crappie, I always go as light as you can including line, pole, and float. These fish are real subtle and while you might loose a few going really light, you probably will be able to notice a lot more action.
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