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Deep Dive into Crappie Fishing: Tips, Techniques, and Gear

Welcome, anglers! In this edition of "Deep Dive," we're delving into the world of crappie fishing, exploring insights shared by Marlin Carpenter, the founder of Crappie Closet Lures, a passionate and experienced angler in the realm of crappie fishing.



Unveiling the Depths of Crappie Fishing

Crappie fishing isn't just about reeling in fish; it's an art, a challenge, and a journey. Marlin kicks off our conversation by highlighting the uniqueness of this pursuit. He emphasizes that crappie fishing involves a hunt more than just a catch. Finding these elusive creatures is one thing, but understanding what they're enticed by is a whole different ball game.

Tip #1: Understanding the Crappie's Nature

According to Marlin, crappie, also known as "paper mouths," are skittish yet territorial fish. Their behavior is akin to trout, with incredibly sharp eyesight that detects lures and bait from afar. However, they tend to stick close to cover, making them a bit more challenging to approach compared to bass.

Tip #2: Seasonal Insights

During this conversation, the discussion pans across various seasons and fishing spots. In winter months like December-February crappie tend to gravitate toward cover adjacent to flat surfaces or ledges, where they move in and out of deeper waters, seeking comfortable temperatures.

Tip #3: The Art of Finding and Approaching Crappie Schools

Locating crappie schools requires technique. The conversation delves into techniques involving depth finding, using fish finders effectively, and identifying baitfish. Marlin explains the importance of casting, maintaining distance, and staying out of the school's immediate vicinity to avoid startling these cautious fish.

Tip #4: Bait Selection and Presentation

Choosing the right bait is crucial. Marlin emphasizes the significance of using jigs with colors that mimic baitfish prevalent in the waters. Starting with natural tones like the "monkey milk" shad color and potentially transitioning to brighter colors like chartreuse if the former fails, he underlines the importance of replicating successful casts.

Tip #5: Tackling the Right Equipment

Marlin's equipment preference includes an ultra-light rod, like the Okuma Celilo, paired with a 1000-sized Okuma reel. This setup offers sensitivity and flexibility while ensuring a comfortable fishing experience. The whole setup can be had for under $100 at Sweeney's Sports.

Final Thoughts

This discussion with Marlin unveils the intricacies of crappie fishing, offering invaluable tips and techniques for enthusiasts. Crappie fishing isn't just about the catch; it's about understanding their behavior, adapting to seasonal changes, and employing the right gear and techniques. As Marlin aptly puts it, it's a trial-and-error process that rewards patience, observation, and a dash of passion.

So, whether you're a seasoned angler or a newcomer to the world of crappie fishing, these insights from Marlin at Crappie Closet Lures are sure to enhance your fishing adventures!


Stop by Sweeney's Sports for advice and to get outfitted with everything you need to fish for Crappie this winter.

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