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Default Crappie jigs/ flies do you use them or do you prefer minners?

I fished predominately with minners this summer. I wouldn't even give jigs a shot at first but I'm coming around. I like the micro jigs and jig heads. Does anyone lean towards only artificial only or do you use whats working at the time. I love me some crappie slabs. I will do and use whatever to load up a live well with them.

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I use Maribou Roadrunners for small bass. But never had much luck with regular jigs unless they had a piece of a plastic worm threaded onto the hook.

I like natural baits for fish other than bass and use bugs for bluegills, cut bait for catfish and mainly minners fer crappie.

Slabs and spoons, or anything shiny with a hook on it, work great for schooling sand bass that are chasing shad on the surface.

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Whats crazy is we always use road runners for slow trolling crappie in the spring on the beds, but could never bring myself to use them on tight lines or bobbers on the brushpiles. I broke that mold when I went last time this summer, we were catching bunches and getting low on minners and I broke out the plastic. caught a few and got more confident as it went.

I'm hooked on artificial now but wont throw away the minners just yet.

I also discovered that the big blues and even the little ones like the small live perch. We used them on noodles/Jugs at first and started using them on rods and reels as the summer progressed.


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I watched some guys from the far east pullin in stripers all day on tiny dead fish threaded on the hook two or three at a time below Denison dam. So there's certainly more than one way to skin a cat. Sometimes it takes runnin out of minners for an old dog to learn a new trick.

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Default Re: Crappie jigs/ flies do you use them or do you prefer minners?

i like tube jig bodies when i'm specifically
jig fishing with 1/32 heads.
i'm not above using minnows or worms
or cut bait or whatever might be needed
to make it happen.


for cats i like as fresh as can be had of shad.
when i was a kid we made up beef blood for
trotlines, but i've not put any out in years.
too many idiots on the lakes anymore that
would need a lead pill.


i've just about fished every way that can
be done within sane reason except hand
grabbing, and i'll not be doing that. i've
carbide fished a long time ago with an older
relative when i was a kid. and lime jugging.
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Last time I ran a trotline me and a buddy flipped a little ten foot jonboat in a storm and had to swim in to shore wearing jeans in three foot waves. I think we were using some kind of soft chunk dry dogfood for bait which works ok if your not in a hurry to get a bite.

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Last time I ran a trotline me and a buddy flipped a little ten foot jonboat in a storm and had to swim in to shore wearing jeans in three foot waves. I think we were using some kind of soft chunk dry dogfood for bait which works ok if your not in a hurry to get a bite.



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Default Re: Crappie jigs/ flies do you use them or do you prefer minners?

I generally fish with either 1/16 or 1/8 ounce marabou crappie jigs during the spawn with a small float so I can adjust the depth and have had good luck with them. I do fish with minnows when sitting on a boat or fishing dock where I can't move around much. Each definitely have their benefits depending on the situation.

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Default Re: Crappie jigs/ flies do you use them or do you prefer minners?

Do you find that the bigger jigs attract the bigger fish.

Sometimes it does for me and sometimes not so much.

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