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Easy Jig Tricks For Cold-Water Crappies
Ryan Gilligan, Managing Editor, North American Fisherman Magazine
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It was just nasty when I got into guide
Barry Morrow’s boat
that day on Oklahoma’s
. Cold. Rainy. Windy. Miserable.
I honestly didn’t think it would happen, but we caught crappies—a bunch of them. Nice ones, too.
This time of year, the crappie ace fishes straight up-and-down, using his bow mount to slowly push his jigs, and occasionally imparting quick vertical twitches. But he doesn’t use the rodtip—rather he holds a length of line between the reel and stripper guide between the fingers of his reel hand. Every so often, he plucks this line like a guitar string. The sudden jump this causes in the jig’s forward movement often triggers strikes from following crappies.
To make this presentation work even better, he tweaks his jigs—here’s how:
When fishing the
Lindy Fuzz-E Grub
, Morrow “nose” hooks a
second smaller Fuzz-E Grub body
on the jig. The added bulk moves more water and makes the bait stand out better. It also adds a second color profile to the mix, which can increase the odds of getting bit.
2. Increases contrast.
When fishing a bi-color hair or marabou jig, he snips off a length of one of the colors cleanly. This creates a stark edge between the two hues, increasing contrast and making the jig’s movements more visible.
These tricks might looks subtle—and they are—but I saw them pay off big-time on about as tough a day as nature can dish out. They’re worth a shot wherever you target slabs.
What’s your favorite way to eke out a few more bites on winter crappies?
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 11:12 PM
That's an incredible fish.awsome.keep on fishin...
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 11:15 PM
Great idea.can't wait to experiment with those jigs mentioned...
Monday, January 23, 2012 5:34 AM
I prefer fishing jigs downward for a bigger fish "bite" during prespawn conditions. But, I need to get back to using "marabou" again, I know it works!
Thursday, January 26, 2012 8:25 AM
Nice looking fish, that,s a BIG Crappie
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 11:17 AM
I just received my issue of north american fisherman and there is a item in the magazine about crappie on the fly & float but i don't find anything in the magazine about it. So i went to fishingclub.com and still nothing why can't i find anything about it.
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