Five must have crappie products and gear

Crappies are a great fish to catch for sport no matter your age or skill level. These small fish are fairly easy to catch with a little guidance making them a great starter fish. However, most anglers want to continue catching them even after they become an experienced angler because they’re a lot of fun to reel in
and they taste great. Crappies are generally around one pound but can grow as large as 5 pounds under the right conditions.

Depending on where you live, you may have heard this species called by different names such as slabs, croppie, white perch and papermouths. There are two different groups of crappies known as the white crappie and the black crappie.

In spite of their names they are neither black nor white. In fact, both groups are of green and gold hues. The difference is that black crappies are darker than the white crappies and the two have different markings.

Crappie Products and Gear

There are 5 pieces of gear that will make catching crappies a lot easier and a lot more fun. Although you don’t necessarily need any special equipment to fish for this species, these 5 items will make the journey much smoother.

1. Fishing Rod – The rod most often used and shown to have the best results are long and lean. Choose a length that suits your statue the best. If it’s too long for you personally, it will make fishing uncomfortable. Therefore, you should choose the longest rod that you can use comfortably. It should also be lightweight and sensitive to help you feel when you have a bite.
2. Crappie Reels – The reel that works best for crappie fishing is an ultralight spinning reel. These are easy to use and they usually reel in smoothly reducing the risk of losing your catch.
3. Crappie Lights – This is simply a water proof lantern that’s used at night to attract baitfish. Place them just under the water and wait. When the smaller baitfish swim to the light, the crappie will follow and you’ll have a front row seat to catching crappie.
4. Crappie Jigs – Crappies are highly attracted to jigs. One reason for this is because they come in so many different colors. Crappies can see well so the colors get their attention. Choose a variety of colors and sizes for a more productive fishing trip.
5. Monofilament Fishing Line – Using this low friction, lightweight fishing line will give you the best results. This is because crappies can see very well night or day and will not strike at anything that looks out of place. Using a
line that blends in with the water will make it harder for them to see it, enticing more strikes.

You can purchase many more products and gear for crappie fishing. Some, such as hooks, sinkers and weights are essential but many are just for fun or to make your fishing trips more enjoyable. Some of these include rod holders, t-shirts, coolers and other accessories.

A Few Good Tips

The more you know about crappies, the better luck you’ll have while fishing for them. Take advice from other anglers, do research online or read a book to gain knowledge. Perform trial and error until you find what works for you the best.

Remember to keep a few tricks up your sleeve for those days that your usual presentation and baits just aren’t working for you.

The eyes of the crappie are on the top of their head, which means you need to keep the bait slightly above their heads for them to see it. Some of the most popular techniques used for crappie fishing include casting, still fishing, trolling, drift fishing and jigging. Try them all until you find which best suites your personal style of fishing and learn which ones work the best based on when and where you’re fishing.

Remember to look around docks, sunken trees, grassy areas, in weeds, around bushes and near drop offs because this is where the crappie will be searching for their meals. They like it when they can hide in the shadows and wait for their prey to swim by.

Live bait natural to the environment will always work best but that doesn’t mean you won’t get results from lures. Some great lures to try are jigs, small poppers, spinnerbaits and streamers. If you decide those aren’t working out good for you, try live worms, shad, minnows or insects found in or near the area.

Crappies do scare easily so when you find a hot spot don’t just throw your line in carelessly. Slowly work around the outer edges of the school and work towards the ones in the middle. Crappies can be caught anytime during the day or night but they do seem to feed more aggressively before dawn and after dust. Plan your trips accordingly for the best results.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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