Friday, June 16, 2006

big crappie fishing

Two things are important when pursuing big fish. The first is the right technique. Matching the situation to the proper method guarantees the best opportunity at battling a slab. A wrong tactic means you'll never get the bite.
Slow-trolling or spider-rigging is the best all-around technique. Multiple poles allow for more baits at different depths to give you better odds of having a fish take your bait. Also, slow-trolling lets you ease along searching for the right depths, structure and cover while keeping baits in the water to find fish. Brush and cover will be the primary factors restricting the amount of shallow trolling that you can do.
Another popular method is jigging. You can use live bait or a jig to probe in and around dense cover for a hiding slab. Go slow. Big fish often want to find and inspect the bait before hitting it. Be mentally prepared for a soft strike, a hard hookset and a tremendous b! attle.
The second important tip is to go bigger with your baits and tackle. Big baits trigger big fish according to most of the experts. It's easier for the fish to see bigger baits, and the big fish aren't intimidated by a large meal.
You also need to bulk up your equipment. The primary change is bigger line. Dense cover calls for a minimum of 8-pound test. In dingy water, go to 10-pound test to give you a chance of getting a big fish to the boat.
The right technique and equipment are critical to success when a big slab is the goal. Select the tactic and equipment that will put you into the strike zone of a big crappie.

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