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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 03:55 PM 03/29/06 (CST)
I thought I should bring this up as too many fishermen are stuck in a rut.
I was one of these guy a few years ago. I'd go out and drill my 2 holes over a crappie spot.I'd take my favorite spoon and tip it with a minnow. Now some days I'd get fish and other days ,nothing. Fishing blind or without a locator I thought they were not hungry.Maybe nothing was down there . I did not know nor did I have a clue as I have come to believe was the case. Now with my locator I can see if I am on fish or not. I move until I mark them,now here we go. Would you believe with all of the fish down there I can not get one.WHY?????
The 1st clue is too look at the size of the minnow.Most of them are 1&1/2". This is an adult that can move fast to save it's life. By the time of year we are now in most of the slow little minnows have been eaten.Spring time is when the minnows spawn and when you can see these little guy's by a mouth of a creek comming into a lake.So when you have a high pressure or low levels of oxygen in a lake the fish are slow and non responsive to the large minnow. That preditor fish does not have the energy to go after that big minnow. When a little minnow comes by that slab will think now there is an easy prey and it will go after it to eat.
The problem with getting little is there are no real good places to get anything smaller than a 32nd oz. jig.So the bait seller sells you what he has to sell.Now what do you use,well what the bait shop has.
I guess I started to tie my own in 64th,80th and sometimes even a 100th oz. So when I can match the color of minnows in any givin lake I have the best chance of getting all I need to eat plus culling is alot of fun.
The comment I hear the most is ,Are you going to put on a minnow or waxy? They do not understand I already have a minnow on only it is made of hair. I have sold jigs to fishermen that refuse to put it out there as I suggest. The outcome is still no fish.I'll tell them to get rid of the meat and wouldn't you know that they will have a crappie on soon after.I know Tap,Tap,Tap can attest to this.
I know it is a confidence thing, but once you figure out the mechanics of the lift you will be done with live bait,except maybe for bluegills when they want a waxy.
Spring time the jig will hammer anything that is crusing for a meal. 4 days after ice out I'll be out looking and I run into bass,northerns,dogfish,walleyes,turtles,crappies and bluegills.Whatever is looking for the easy meal.So if you change your old ways the outcome will change. Get little until the lilly pads break the surface of the water then you can go back to bigger baits as they become very aggresive until January when the ice is thick,covered in snow blocking out the sun that the plants need to make oxygen.Then get little again.I guarentee that you will make the move away from the minnow,see more fish and better quality fish.
Just so you know I get around 5000 crappies a year on this jig.
Anyone wanting more info ,please chime in.I am more than happy to share all I have learned over the past 8 years with the JIG.
Thanks for reading this,
Crappie Keith



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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:22 PM 03/29/06 (CST)
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I just wanted to say thanks for the info. I'm a good friend of taptaptap's and I'm pretty sure you and I met a year or two ago. I'm looking forward to ice out and trying your techniques. Hopefully we can get together up there some weekend, and I can buy some of those jigs from you. Again thanks for the tips, the are always appreciated.
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:18 AM 03/30/06 (CST)
Very good info CrappieKeith. I've tried your jigs and caught some nice fish on them. Of course I tip 'em with 9" heavy pike minnows... er... just kidding :-)



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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:59 AM 03/30/06 (CST)
hey web dude, I must admit I giggle a bit when the guys hanging meat do not produce.



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:10 AM 03/30/06 (CST)
Hey bobber down, you know I'll have the mighty jig when your ready. I have about 1000 tied and ready to go. The chartruse green/orange has been a good one this year. The chartruse yellow/white or black is an old favorite at this time of year for me on Bill Horn or the north end or the narrows between Goff's and Maxwell bays.
Sometimes after ice out, the water is clear in the shallows so I'll use a black and white which I think has caught the most crappies .
I just picked up a 4' super U.L.rod from Gander Mtn. I have this little lake up the soo grade that holds monster gills and when the water is high after the run off the bulls come in close. There is alot of brush ,but I cleared a small are on the shore to fish from.The short rod will keep me out of the brush,I can't wait to feel the rod fold under the weight of a 12" dia. gill.I can hear them now,come and get me,come and get me,come and get me!!!!!!!!!



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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 10:58 AM 04/03/06 (CST)
I started this post to get guy's to start thinking out of the box.
Once again as I fished around alot of guys this weekend,getting my limits.Everyone watching would eventually come over to see what I was using.I'd show them my jig and they would ask are you putting a minnow on it.No is always the answer.They do not undestand that it already looks like a minnow and to add it would make the offering huge in size.Everyone thinks of color 1st ,well the size is more important.Color is important ,but if you have the right color ,but it is too big they will not bite it.
The other thing with a slip bobber and hanging a minnow is that you are stuck at 1 depth. The guys say the fish swims up to the minnow and just looks at it and swims away. Well the minnow is 1-3 feet of off bottom. Most of the fish I caught came in at 2' and rose to 6' feet before the strike occured.How are you going to do that with a minnow and a cork?
Understanding the mechanics of the lift so as to get the fish to strike your offering is essential to always getting a meal.
As I said nothing changes if nothing changes. You can be the guy who only gets them when they are hungry and aggressive or you can be the guy that no mater the conditions you still fill a limit most days.
Steve,Aaron,Dude Rick,Rick the Rock,Ryan,River Rick,Jim Arness[Moosegut},Uncle Willey,Stan,My Dad,Todd & Brenon Plaisted and others that know the jig and have a spring bobber will attest to this. Most guys I know will bum when I tell them no minnows,but a few fish and some instruction the bucket fills and now they are saying you have changed my life.Keep in mind some of these guys could not find them after years of trying. It is worth opening up your set mind to something man has used for decades to put meat on the table.You have nothing to loose and everything to gain is how I approached it. Steve used to rip me to shreds when it came to fishing. I had everything,but I did not have the jig nor the knowledge to use it. I am a competitive sort and getting my clock cleaned everytime was getting old ,so I made the switch and it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. I bought jigs from Steve ,but when he could not keep up to my needs I had to learn how to tie them. Now I am a master and as such it is my duty to help the next guy.If I happen to make a few bucks ,great if not I still made another friend.



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