Do you love big bluegill?
In this case drifting medium large Herring over structure at a 26-30 foot bottom produced 12 fish ,10 Crappie between 13-15", a 19,1/2" Pickerel and a 11,1/2" Perch . Number 4 Aberdeen Hook , #5 or #7 shot and 6# test . Greg and I worked the wind drift and this spot on a spot for about 4 and 1/2 hours they were biting but tight to cover and only caught with the drift ,not on the the troll back up to the start of another drift .A dozen Herring produced 12 fish . Both live and dead herring worked .Dead herring we twitched a bit with the rod tip .Live Herring were left to their own enticement .
Gear I've used twice now on these good sized Crappie : Berkeley Bionix 6' Medium action Rod rated 4-12 # test. It's 100% graphite and has a nice sensitive tip for the cold water light tap of most November Crappie bites . Granted it not like the whip tips of other Crappie rods but this rod tames these fellows while still feeling a good shake from them plus if I get a big Bass it'll do the job . It works great on the Pickerel I'm catching in the same lake .The matched reel is a Daiwa SS Tournament Series 'Whisker S1300 ' .This is my preferred Smallmouth Bass Combo but it 's serving as an excellent Live bait rod for Drifting and Trolling for these very fine Crappie I've recently located . The shot placed 8" up the line has been something like #3/0, #7, #5 . I didn't change the #4 Aberdeen hook even though the shiners I used this time are quite a bit smaller that the Herring ,brother Greg and I used the first outing.
An Aberdeen # 6 used with a fathead or small shiner caught some Crappie from shore using a Betts Mr. Crappie twist on twist off slip float : http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/161333763304?ul_noapp=true&chn=ps&... Nice size and design and it's easy to twist it off and go with split shot /bait/hook method which sometimes is preferable.
11/29/15 Third Time out to the Bluff and the vertical traveling Crappies .Got 4 Crappie and one Perch .Fished Blue cloudless skies noon-2:30 pm . Using one shot and shiner caught one 12 " Crappie.Using 2 split shot caught three Crappie ,one was 15" and an11,1/2" Yellow Perch . Cold day ! Shiners got down to the fish .Nothing on the fathead I was hoping a big Bluegill would grab.
12/4/15 Float fishing Shiners and Fatheads from shore, about 15 fish .All Crappie about 5" except one at 12". Fatheads caught all the fish except for a few that came on a small tube jig/tipped with crawler chunk and one dink Bass on a medium /small shiner. Two best fish of the day 16" ,2#6oz LMBass and skinny 12' Crappie . Both took a floated fathead .
12/6/15 Back out to the Crappie Honey hole drifting Shiners. 45 degree water temp. Seven Crappie between12-13,1/2" . Some were farther away from the Bluff which I found was where the Perch were . Now have a line on Yellow Perch near my Crappie haunt .Caught three along with my seven Crappie ,biggest Perch was 13.1/4"
12/10/15 With buddy Steve O' Bringer ;26-30' rowing around with live shiners. 9 Fish 5 Crappie ,2 Pickerel , 2 LM Bass . Best Crappie: 15" , Best Pickerel 21", Best Bass 3.3#
It's looking like this ;October through December ,medium Large Herring for Big Crappie and good sized Perch progressing to November; smaller bait medium large Shiners for Crappie and Perch to December 1,1/4"Fatheads for smaller Crappie and 3"shiners for Bass .
Third Time out to the Bluff and the vertical traveling Crappies .Got 4 Crappie and one Perch .Fished Blue cloudless skies noon-2:30 pm . Using one shot and shiner caught one 12 " Crappie.Using 2 split shot caught three Crappie ,one was 15" and an11,1/2" Yellow Perch . Cold day ! Shiners got down to the fish .Nothing on the fathead I was hoping a big Bluegill would grab.