Do you love big bluegill?
2014 ended up to be a very good year for me with the Crappies… my first fish of the season was a lunker crappie and the success continued through out the season. Found some great crappie locations by exploring more open water or confined open water instead of just the deep weed edges. Trying new tackle and lures… Berkley Nanofil was my number one line for the crappie. Very sensitive.
I quite possibly hooked a few friends and family members to fishing by introducing them to a good crappie bite with some good tackle. Hey that’s how my dad got me hooked… it was one crappie after another.
So im looking for a 2015 season to top 2014… and hoping to provide helpful tips that may help others as well as picking up tips along the way from this great site and its contributing members!
Note…the two fish shown on the right are Master Angler nudgers...
nudging the 14" mark
20150819- went back to check on the condition of the surface water. it cleared up considerably due to strong afternoon winds so i tossed a few casts out. testing the late pm bite for crappie hitting them right away. using a 7' UL spinning rig with 2-0# ice braid with a purple black Yamaminnow tied on at the end. my favorite dusk / night bait. the action stopped suddenly and the last fish of the night proved to be the best at 12.7" 91% of the Master Angler target size of 14"
20150916-Crappie kind of day on Wixom Lake
After taking yesterday off due to stiffness and pain I decided to hit Wixom Lake with the Kayak for some panfish jigging the lite stuff. Took a slip bobber to do double duty with the B’Gill tight to the bank and laydowns. We did so well a couple days ago with both Crappie and B’Gills I thought I would extend the streak.
Once down at the lake and ready to launch I noticed I forgot the transducer for the sonar. So I would just be using the mapping on the Elite 4 – HDI … fishing old school it is. So I shoved off and tagged a Crappie on one of my first casts. Good start I thought. Using my GPS and Insight Genesis map on the Elite 4 HDI I positioned myself on weedy points, inside and outside bends. The crappies were tagged (caught) quite readily. The great fishing and weather continues! Crappies ranged from 8 to 11.5” great sport on the Ultra Lite equipment. Struck out on the B’Gill with slip bobbers in all my key spots. Caught a jumbo 8.6” B’Gill on a 2” Power Minnow mixed in with the Black Crappie.
20151016 - great little video showing fall crappie techniques using electronics and side imaging...
20151020 - love watching "Uncut Angling"... crank baiting for slabs