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Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:04 PM 05/19/10 (CST)
So I went out looking for Pike on Beebe and got skunked, but took note of some potentially good crappie fishing. I am not a crappie guy, so any tips would be great. My general plan is to just head out with with light spinning rod with 6 pound line, and a lead naturally colored jig (water is clear). I plan to try to look for schools in deeper water with my LCD finder.

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1. can I put a minnow ona jig that has what I would call a hair skirt on it, or would I be better off with a plain jig?

2.Would it make sense to take my flasher out so that I can more easily place my lure in the right depth zone?

3.How deep to look this time of year?

4. The lake generally speaking as very little structure or tall weeds of any kind. Will that make it tough to locate a fish that likes to hold to structure?
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 07:29 AM 05/20/10 (CST)
The boards are really lighting up now! Will this be my second posting with no responces frown smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:06 AM 05/20/10 (CST)
I'm not a crappie guy either but I've caught some big ones casting small beetle spins using a live minnow in place of the rubber one. Also caught some just using a small hook with split shot under a bobber, with the minnow hooked under the dorsal fin.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:14 AM 05/20/10 (CST)
I like the beetle spin idea! I think I may try that. I deep water I imagine you could add a small split shot to help keep it down a bit.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:16 AM 05/20/10 (CST)
What about the flasher idea? Will my "winter style" flasher be helpful? Do people typicly do that?
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 02:44 PM 05/20/10 (CST)
As long as your not moving the flasher works perfectly. Even slow movement throws it off a little. Fast is no good at all. I use mine when I go in someone elses boat. If your just looking to see if fish are down there it works real nice.

Crappies were in deep flats in my lake. Where they usually would be in mid june through july. Sunfish were shallow under what pads had sprouted. You can use the flasher to find schools of baitfish, but it's hard to tell if its baitfish or interferance.

Your right about the boards too only a couple people even put up what they caught on opener
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 02:32 PM 05/21/10 (CST)
1. can I put a minnow ona jig that has what I would call a hair skirt on it, or would I be better off with a plain jig?

This depends on the bite. When they are biting, yes, put on a minnow. Heck, forget the jig and go plain long shank. You'll catch 'em anyway. But when the bite is tough, downsize. I catch more crappies on a micro flu flu with hair and no bait then I do with minnows or other types of worms. Smaller is better.

2.Would it make sense to take my flasher out so that I can more easily place my lure in the right depth zone?

Flashers are great for crappie fishing.

3.How deep to look this time of year?

Shallow... 3 to 10 feet. They'll go deeper as the water warms up.

4. The lake generally speaking as very little structure or tall weeds of any kind. Will that make it tough to locate a fish that likes to hold to structure?

Structure is everything for crappies this time of year. Find it and fish it.



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:01 PM 05/21/10 (CST)
Thanks guys I will report back....unless I don't catch anything blush smiley)
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 03:25 PM 05/22/10 (CST)
It was a nice trip out up till the point I got caught in the strorm blush smiley) All boats were looking for a quick exit, and of course there was a guy who moved in ahead of me, even though I was clearly waiting at the access. Fish-wise it went OK. I was able to catch as a many crappies as I could take off! I was not really able to find any big ones, but I managerd to bring a few good eaters home, along with some sunnies. I tried looking in deeper water first. When I did finaly find a school, I could not get them to bit (16 FOW). I had to move all the way up to 3 feet and cast a foat out away from the boat. It was tough to catch fish near the boat. Anticdotally (sp?) I would say that angle worms produced about 5 sunnies for evey crappie, and minnows produced about 5 crappies for evey sun fish. Fish for super tomorrow!
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 08:25 AM 05/24/10 (CST)
Thanks for the update, Pike Lover!



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