Not-so Crappie Fishing Tips
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dougjohnson
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Not-so Crappie Fishing Tips
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Finding the Crappie Comfort Zone in Fall
The secret to crappie-fishing success — regardless of the season — is realizing crappie always concentrate in areas providing the most comfortable living conditions and learning to identify those areas. As time goes on, you'll be able to learn this just by experience, but a few tips help too, right? In fall, conditions are theoretically such that crappie can live anywhere within the lake. In actuality, factors such as oxygen content, light penetration and food availability still greatly influence a crappie's choice of where to feet and live. Crappie respond to debris turnover in the fall by seeking areas with good quality water. To find them, savvy anglers do likewise. An easy way is working tributaries bringing fresh water into the lake. Another way is looking for areas where turnover has not begun. On some large reservoirs, different arms turn over at different times; anglers can concentrate their efforts in areas that aren't visibly affected. When turnover causes excessive amounts of decaying debris, oxygen suddenly drops in the water concentration. When this happens, crappie must find water with more oxygen immediately. They frequently solve the problem by going directly to the nearest source, which is surface oxygen from wind and waves. Consequently, windswept shorelines with shallow cover may be productive crappie fishing spots. Locate the places crappie flock to during turnover, and your fishing will remain productive!
Are Red Hooks Better for Crappie Fishing?
Does using a red hook make a difference? I've mentioned before that I sometimes prefer them (and I do) and there's been a lot of talk that red hooks are what you need for good crappie fishing. Still, is it true? Red mono is apparently not visible to fish, but red hooks are supposed to help? How does it make sense? Well, red mono can be seen by fish, until it reaches a depth where the light isn't strong enough to reflect the red color, which is the situations it's usually used in. And even then, it doesn't disappear, but looks black or gray. Red hooks can be seen by fish, too. It's just that it's perceived as part of the "bait", so it's only another color in the scheme of colors your bait happens to be. The "red" color is reflected back from the hook, because the hook is solid/reflective. The "red" color of mono isn't reflected back as strong, because the mono is transparent/translucent. The red hook will look grey/black, too, once it achieves the depth where light isn't penetrating enough to reflect the color. I have some red aberdeen hooks and use them, especially on those really finicky days. I also believe that water clarity in combination with light penetration at deeper depths has a lot to do with any color jig, skirt, hook or whatever presentation you're making to the fish. I can see that a red hook is perfect on day and a gold or black hook another depending on the circumstance. Personally, I have no personal preference other than what works that day, so don't get too sure in any color and just base it off the situation.