TIPS FOR WINTER CRAPPIE RIGS   1 comment

Lucas Oil team lands a nice winter crappie.

Lucas Oil team lands a nice winter crappie.

Moving ever so slowly, Matt guides the boat using electronics.  The combination of side scanning and depth location technology presents a picture of the bottom structure.  On the bow Kent watches the poles mounted in a spider rig for any sign of movement.  As the bait rig bounces off the side of a deep channel, a crappie sucks in the minnow.

The Indiana based Matt Morgan and Kent Watson is demonstrating a deep water double minnow rig for fishing cover.  They are professional crappie anglers, sponsored by Lucas Oil, who use a variety of trolling rigs.  This one is the killer.

The rig comes at the end of heavier line not usually associated with crappie fishing.  But the heavy line is necessary to straighten out light wire hooks when they hang up.  The hooks are long shad wire hooks that straighten out easily.  You can bend them back to the original shape when retrieved.

The main line ties to a three-way swivel.  To one of the other eyes is tied a drop line of about six inches length terminating with a wire hook and minnow.  The third line is 30-inches in length with a half-ounce egg sinker about a foot up from another wire hook and minnow.

In the water, lower the lower hook/minnow/sinker combination to the bottom.  Then raise it off the bottom two turns of the reel.  The total rig moves around and into any structure that shows up on the electronics.  It is important to move very slowly.  It helps to bounce the rig off of any structure found.

This is a very effective trolling rig for crappie.  Anglers sometimes feel the use of a trolling motor scares fish away from structure.  Fish do not seem to react to the continuous use of the motor according to John Neaporadny who has studied the subject.  Or at least they react less to the continous use of the motor.  He recommends avoiding an intermittent use of the motor as that does seem to stimulate a reaction by crappies.  John has found that the very slow and continuous use of a trolling motor is best.

Matt Morgan finds the deep water trolling rig for fishing cover is particularly effective in channels.  As the depth changes from the sides of the channel to the deepest part, the angler lifts and drops it to keep the same distance off the bottom.  When trolling channels, Matt recommends banging the rig off the sides of the channels.  He explains that most of the bites come as the rig bounces off the side of the channel wall.

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One response to “TIPS FOR WINTER CRAPPIE RIGS

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  1. Great Article! Thanks for sharing. We look forward to more Crappie & Crappie Fishing articles.

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