Crappie Trolling: Amazing techinque!

By: mark fleagle

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Trolling For Crappie Tips: Quick - And Easy Technique

If you have a boat you can learn to troll for crappie on the open waters. You will be amazed how easy it is to find large schools of crappie using this method of fishing. If your favorite hotspots are not producing then try trolling for crappie, you may be pleasantly surprised with the results. I would like to show you a way to troll for crappie and actually catch fish. Once you start catching crappie stop your trolling and start having fun reeling in your catch.
Equipment you will need:
You need to have a good trolling motor
Jigs that have a red head and a white or yellow body.
You need to have a variety of different weighted jig heads starting at 1/8oz and working up. The different weighted jigs will help to place your bait presentation at different trolling depth levels to find the suspended crappie schools. You want to have a variety of crappie rigs trolling at the same time at a variety of different depths.
This setup is commonly known as a Shotgun Effect.
Locations To Start your Crappie fishing trolling
{Folks, crappie love structure. Depending on what body of water you are fishing on a good place to start your crappie fishing trolling is near rock points,Known stump areas,known sunken wreck areas,and artificial fish attractors. Think of any areas that crappies could hide while waiting to feed.|Crappie love structure so you want to start trolling near rock points, know stump areas, know sunken wreak areas, Think of any where a crappie could hide as a predator and dart out and return after catching his prey.}}} I would start by identifying area's on a topographical map. This is a excellent way to create a game plan to start your fishing trip.
Initial Trolling For Crappie Set Up
You can start your troll using live bait. Hook the minnow through the bottom and top of his mouth. (this will prevent the minnow from drowning) Use Żoz or 3/4oz weight on the end of the line.
Once you catch the first fish stop the boat!
Know the secret tip to identify exactly where that school is located.
Use the crappie you just caught and use him as a scout fish to find that school of hungry crappie.
Step #1 You will want to place a hook through the back of the crappie. Make sure not to run it too deep. You do not want to harm the crappie. The crappie needs to be able to swim freely. Now attach a line about 10ft in length. Place a large bobber on the other end.
Step#2 Let your scout fish lead you to the main crappie school. Just follow the floating bobber.
Step#3 VERY IMPORTANT stay far enough behind your scout fish so you cannot be seen by the schooled crappie.
Step#4 When he gets back to his home and all his buddies in the school and probably his favorite structure area, cast your line into the area from a safe distance. (If you spook the fish you will have to start all over again in a different area.
Step#5 Keep fishing the general area until you fish it out. If you don't have enough fish, start the trolling for crappie exercise all over again at a different spot.
Step#6 You would be surprised how many fishermen never do step 6 and it is probably one of the most important step for future fishing trips. Mark the spot on your topographical map . If you have a GPS enter the coordinates immediately so you do not forget. Remember you want to learn from every fishing trip.
Step#7 If you want to get real technical put a dot for every fish that was caught at this location. And if you want to get even more technical record the weather conditions .
Store this tip in your crappie fishing arsenal , then the next time you go out fishing you can plan your trip using this trolling for crappie fish technique. GOOD FISHING AND GOOD LUCK!

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