Old School Crappie Fishing Family Secrets
Crappie Fishing Basics
Crappie are found all over the United States From the east cost all the way to California, from southern Canada, To Florida and just about any other place there is a lake river or stream. This fish species is one of the best to target if you are a beginning fisherman. If you have young children who are interested in trying the sport of fishing than taking them crappie fishing would be the best way to perk their interest.
The crappie’s numbers are abundant and the action is good. To start fishing for crappie is really inexpensive. Basically all you need is a cane pole 10ft plus in length, with a line hook and a bobber. All these items can be purchased for under 25$ . Of course if you get really interested in crappie fishing you will need to invest in some better equipment, but why bother until you get the fishing bug.
You will still need to learn some basic facts about this fish before you attempt to go fishing. You need to do a little bit of reading so you know what there typical habitat is so you know where to find them. You need to know what there favorite foods are so you know what crappie live baits to purchase.
Get on the internet and do some simple crappie anatomy research , for example you probably did not know that the crappies eyes can not move in a position to look downward, so therefore if you bait is below them they will never see it. Also you need to know there are two types of these fish. Both species of crappie are from the sunfish family (Pomoxis annularis) and are located in North America and can live in harmony together. There is the black crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) and the white crappie (Pomoxis annularis). Both these fish are found only in North America, and they belong to the sunfish family (Centrarchidae).The sunfish family also includes such fish as the largemouth bass, bluegills, and other warm water game fish. No need to worry to make special preparations to catch either the black or the white, the same crappie fishing basics will work well on either of them. Here’s a few identification tips: As a rule of thumb, black crappie are darker as the name indicates, with a irregular pattern of spots on there bodies. The lighter colored white crappie will have a distinct vertical pattern of spots on their bodies. Here’s another way of identifying the two crappies. Count the number of splines on the dorsal fin. If the count is between 7 and 8 the fish is a black crappie, if the count is between 5 and 6 then you have a white crappie. Black crappie thrive better in colder, clear water and can be found as far north as I said in the first paragraph in southern Canada.The whites seem to like large lakes and slow moving rivers like in the south. To be honest through there Is no real separation because these fish can be found together in all the lower 48 states and into Mexico. And they do cross breed so there are a lot of cross breeds.
The crappie’s size will depend totally on it’s local environment, and there size will cycle over time, but on the average you can expect to catch fish from 1/2l to 1lb each. If you stick to some simple crappie fishing basic tips you may catch some fish in the 2lb plus range. A record white crappie was caught in Enid Lake Mississippi and weighed in at 5lb 2onces. The largest white crappie on record was caught in Enid Lake Mississippi, and was recorded to be 5lb and 2 ounces. The largest black on record is 4 lb 8 ounces caught in Kerr Lake Virginia and Otoe Lake Nebraska.
Crappies feed on small fish, like your typical crappie fishing minnow and small aquatic insects and tiny crustaceans. before the crappie reaches adulthood they will feed primarily on small crustaceans and insects , while after they reach adulthood there diet will change to larger small fish like minnows. Studies have been conducted on the both the white and black adult crappies and it seems that the black will feed a great deal on insects in the spring and switch to small fish such as minnows throughout the rest of the year. The adult white’s primary meal is small fish such as minnows throughout the year.
Well that concluded my article on crappie fishing basics, Just have fun and relax, that what fishing is all about! Good Luck On your next outing!
Some of the roles of the fishing reel is to take hold on the line, twist it back in order to substitute the line and to be able to cast another or simply to quit fishing. Several types and ranges of lines can be operated in fishing. Dissimilar types of casts can be used in diverse types of fishing. Furthermore, the needed cranking power differs by each type of fishing. That is why there are countless mechanical set-ups for reels that are created from time to time. This article presents you different sorts of reels: Spinning Reel One reel that is optional to use is the spinning reel. The spool holding line of the spinning reel keeps on to be motionless while a ball rotates surrounding the spool winding line. Spinning reel is very adaptable and they even appear in different sizes that can be great for ultra-light models and even duty salt water models. Owning a identical reel, a pole, and a line is necessary for a spinning reel. This can be operated by both guys and women who are left-handed and right-handed. The spinning reel can also cause casting for every fisherman easier, especially if the fisherman is just beginning. For beginning fishermen, casting can become easier because of the features of the spinning reel. One feature of a spinning reel is that they can be acquired in diverse gear fractions. A ratio 4:1 depicts that one turn of the grip can make five ball rotations. If fishing lures that ought to be recovered faster like the buzz bait, there is a need to make use of a higher gear ratio reel. Bait-Casting Reel The revolving line is taken off the revolving spool through the heaviness of the lure or bait in the bait-casting reel. This kind of reel is stimulating for it needs the skill to utilize this reel. For anglers who are tremendously much interested and keen to spend their money, then they can turn on reel systems that can hold back the backlash that causes problems on beginner anglers who are trying to learn about their function. Chiefly, fishermen make use of this kind of reel when larger game of fish is at hand for tinier baits and lures are not useful to a bait-casting reel. Once again, in a bait-casting reel, a matching reel, a pole, and a line are required. There are also a variety of ratios for gears that are available depending on your desires. Fly Fishing Reel The most fundamental stage of fishing reels that beginning anglers can operate is the fly fishing reel. This sort of reel contains a spool that rotates each time the handle cranks. There are also several options in the effortlessness of the fly fishing reel, for example, when a bigger fish is hooked, it is required to use a drag system. Furthermore, “big arbour” reels are available which can grasp more line. Measured up to the other expensive stuff operated for fishing, the fly fishing reel is less costly. Reels are also synchronized with the sort of fly line weights that are utilized. Closed Face Reel One sort of spinning reel is the congested face reel. There are two sorts of spinning reel: the blocked face reel and the unlocked face spinning reel which varies a lot from each other. One palpable difference is the cover of an open face and a congested face spinning reel. Another dissimilarity that they have is that the cast is generally created through a push-button release for the line. One more dissimilarity is that the blocked face spinning reel is very trouble-free and easy to use, made especially for kids. Utilizing an open face reel, it comprises of a flipped bail and the line has to be clutched by a finger until loosing. Operating a close face reel, on the other hand, requires no holding of the line but the right timing using the push button. Generally, children pick this up extremely quick. Accordingly, choosing a reel has to be remembered when you are planning to go fishing. The skill and the money is needed to operate and acquire the stuff required for fishing. As soon as you have the information of the essential designs, you can be more clever in choosing them.
Most undiscovered UK designers experience periods of absolute frustration, as your designs go largely unnoticed by the majority of the design community and you lack the funds to get access to the usual platforms to be seen. It is easy to become despondent, but with a striking design idea, you are usually only a few steps away from starting to make something of your ideas. Essentially you are sitting on a powderkeg, and you just need a little interest to spark it into life.
The one thing aspiring designers tend to attract is other aspiring designers, and you can use your battling network to your advantage. Split between a collective, the usually prohibitive price UK designers face when wanting to exhibit at high-ranking shows can be brought into reach.
Once you’ve picked your fellow UK designers, a show to split costs on and got your designs lined up, you need to let people know you’ll be there. The best way to reach a big audience is through the press, and the easiest way to get there is to get a press release to the right people.
Journalists are often pushed for time, and it is not unusual for an entire press release to be wholly copy and pasted to form a short article. Your press release should be written in a straight-forward fashion, avoiding the use of ‘flowery’ adjectives and intensifiers like ‘very’ and ‘absolutely’. While obviously being favourable to your products and those of the UK designers you are showing with, it should also appear impartial. Writing your press release in the balanced nature (most) journalists are out to achieve increases the chances of your release getting the straight-to-print treatment. It also allows journalists who are going to write at length about you see to the very core of your designs, which will form the basis of their article, without having to fight through your opinions.
Your aim with a press release is essentially to make the easiest job possible for the journalists who will be reading it. It is this fact that makes the angle of your press release such an important factor in its success. By giving a central theme, or hook, to your article it gives the journalist an instant, hopefully logical connection, between the you and the people exhibiting with you: it gives them something to talk about, as well as plenty of content to inform their piece.
Working as a group, it can be difficult to come up with a combined angle, but the angle can be created from any level of detail, with the emphasis on either the designs or the people involved. Viewing other UK designer press releases can provide a good source of press releases which deal with groups of designers exhibiting together. The angle of these releases can vary from design similarities between the majority of (but not necessarily all) pieces to the background (or relative anonymity) of the designers.
Once your angle is established, you need to go about writing the body of your press release. Your angle should be laid out clearly in your press release’s title, and followed up with more detail in the first line of text. From this point you can outline the people and products on display, taking care to clearly link each new piece back to the established angle. It is equally important to ensure that you are presented as a group of UK designers to avoid confusion: you don’t want the journalist thinking there is a lead designer, with other designers working under them. Remember, exhibiting in a group is a benefit: it is a major bonus to journalists who see it as a chance to get the low down on numerous designers in one visit. For this purpose it may be useful to give your collective a name. Name yourself after your studio address, your favourite (collective) film, anything you want – just ensure that throughout the rest of the release your individual company names are strongly linked to your individual products.
A group press release can be just as effective for UK designers as an individual press release, if not more so. Just make sure you can create a feasible angle to grab the journalists’ attention, keep it balanced and fair, and present as a unified group. You are in a great position to get some attention, so let your designs speak for themselves.
Traditionally, the term fishing is used to describe small scale commercial or survival practices. In the bygone days fishing was done by applying some traditional techniques such as arrows, tackle, harpoons, throw nets, rods and drag nets. However, nowadays fishing is considered as a recreational sport and the equipments differ from that of the yesteryears. Those interested in fishing use several equipment like fishing tackle, rod, reel, line, hooks and different types of baits or artificial lures like spinners or dry flies. Being considered as a recreational activity in European countries, there are special coarse fishing vacations destinations for interested fishing enthusiasts.
Most of the British anglers carry out long fishing trips to some famous fishing sites around the world. However, some of the best fishing destinations are located in United Kingdom. UK with its rich cultural history also leads in several other spheres and activities in life, and fishing is known as one of the olden recreational activity carried out here for thousands of years. British aisles are the most preferred destinations for the anglers to spend a holiday with all modern fishing amenities. Anglers all around the world visit these places to satisfy their coarse fishing pursuits.
Now, what is coarse fishing you must be thinking? Coarse fishing is carried out in countries like United Kingdom and Ireland for angling coarse fish. A coarse fish is a special type of fresh water fish. This type of fishing is especially carried out in United Kingdom and Mainland Europe. There are many famous coarse fishing destinations in Europe and are often visited by anglers all over the world.
South-western England with great number of lakes and reservoirs is no wonder a paradise for fishermen. Especially popular is the ‘Wimbleball Lake’ located inside the Exmoor National Park in Somerset. This popular coarse fishing destination is all surrounded with lush grasslands and dense forests. This lake offers a memorable fishing experience and usually remains crowded with anglers from all around the world.
Another famous coarse fishing destination is ‘Hamsphires’, located few kilometers from the capital city. The Test, Itchen and Avon, flowing across this country, offer excellent fishing experience. The place remains crowded all through the year. You can easily book some reasonably priced cottages or else select luxury hotels before and after visiting this place.
Last but not the least is the ‘Butterwell Fishery’ in Cornwall especially visited for its private coarse fishing stretch on the Camel River. You can go for catching some of the rarest coarse fishes from the hordes of salmon, or from the nearby coastlines. You can have some great opportunity of catching fresh trouts from the Avon Dam near South Brent in Devonshire. Remember to carry an Environment Agency Rod License with you while visiting the place.
There are many fishing tackle shops around from where you can shop for all types of coarse fishing accessories like fishing tackle, rods, reels, rigs, weights, swivels and baits.
Location location location!
First find your fish; they may be indicated by other anglers catching fish, or come from where you caught previously. Past year’s records of hotspots and over – wintering areas can be very useful. But these can vary according to a season’s dominant prevailing winds directions and temperatures.
Also fishing pressure, food availability, changes in the lake bed caused by moving / feeding carp, other fish present, e.g.; big over – wintering catfish etc can alter ‘holding areas! Snags in the water like fallen trees, rocks etc, silt beds, gravel bars, old water lily beds, dying weed beds, water inflows, overhanging trees and bushes can all hold fish and all are worth a try.
Also investigate cut – away banks, undercut margins, shallow margins in shade or sun where rolling / bubbling fish may be observed, in winter on the end of a warmer wind or the back of a Northerly wind.
Reed beds, underwater humps, troughs, ‘food traps’ along the prevailing winds lanes, dips, smooth hard areas may well indicate a feeding area as will old silted up areas with bloodworm beds, that produced fish previously in warmer times of the year.
Try places where there are sudden changes of depth as many harbour attractive natural food. Especially gravel slopes, mud humps and ledges around islands, and at the edge of weed beds. Casting around to find underwater debris and old dying weed can help locate fish too as these areas harbour natural food.
Studying quiet, or under-fished areas, ‘un-pressured’ areas can be very revealing. Often the biggest fish are often caught in the areas where the most bait goes into a lake. I know big fish man Dave Lane would agree on this, regarding his UK fifties!!!
Often in winter carp can be located in maybe 1, 2 or just 3 areas of a lake and will be shoaled up tightly together. Casting all around the lake with a small lead and braided line methodically until you feel ‘bumps’ as you wind in (that are not there next cast) could be fish!
Moving your hook baits every hour may be productive as you may find this roving approach lands right next to a fish or disturbs them into fresh activity / or ‘hearing’ your bait land and investigate out of curiosity.
Some say use smaller baits on the hook in winter, and I agree here. I’ve had more takes on these and I use small baits in P.V.A. bags or on stringers, especially using pastes and par – boiled baits mixed with quick dissolving bait / fishmeal pellets.
Bites in winter can be very deceiving indeed and your indicators should ideally be set to maximum vibration / sensitivity as often just one or two ‘bleeps’ could be a hooked fish spinning or shaking it’s head trying to spit the hook while just ‘sitting’ in the water static without running.
‘Rod knocks’ can really produce carp that were perhaps only lightly hooked; Try quickly ‘twitching’ your rig with a swift pull on your line by hand to hook the fish!
I have found that the old traditional ground bait composed of broken up stale loaves with loads of extra highly attractive additives and extracts, like those containing alkaloid substances you would use in your boilie base mixes work very well.
This form of ground bait is not used so often these days in the UK. Added ‘live food like maggots / worms bring much needed activity to the mix, and often will attract other species to feed first which stimulates the carp to follow just in time to polish off your hook bait!
On that note using a plastic ‘feeder cage lead’ wrapped in fast dissolving / breaking down ground bait as in the popular ‘method’ is a great way to ‘build – up’ and feed your swim with fast acting attractors importantly, without feeding up the fish!
This so often can produce smaller fish too, e.g., using ‘artificial maggots or sweet corn’ on the hook, but I was at “Rainbow lake” in France when Martin Locke (boss of “Solar tackle” caught his very first 60 pound carp on ‘the method’.
Find your fish and give them some bait!
While fishing ideally use quantities of fast dissolving baits that can really turn the fish onto feeding without filling them up or suppressing their appetite! A period of pre – baiting quantities either while fishing, or introducing bait into areas where warmer winds drive into or afternoon sun can heat up, not fished at the time, or while not fishing.
Or any area that potentially could hold or be a feeding area or a ‘safety area’ where fish may move to de – leach themselves or bask in top water levels as sunshine hits the water, or in / adjacent to snags etc; I remember one winter finding fish literally ‘stacked-up’ tightly together in a depression within an extensive weed bed of dead ‘Canadian pond weed.’ at Shotgate reservoir, Essex UK 1984.
These fish were very easy to catch for a half – hour period each day and this time was like ‘clockwork for a period of about 3 weeks in December. Each day the feeding time changed by about 10 minutes so it could be charted and ‘kick-off’ could be predicted extremely precisely. It was exceptionally fruitful and exciting fishing and I kept the action going by using lots of basic, simple small roughly chopped ‘par-boiled’ and paste balls; yeast based milk protein baits with added coffee and chocolate drink powders. (For extra attractive ‘alkaloid’ content – they’re addictive!)
I think regular baiting is the major factor in long term consistent big carp fishing success especially in the winter!
Fish pulling methods to trigger fish feeding:
Try using dissolving baits, Poly Vinyl Alcohol (water soluble) stringers with baits on or P.V.A. bags. These are excellent for delivery of larger quantities of bait, maggots and even oil based liquid attractors into your swim, or even fine ground bait or pellets etc.
Add some natural butyric acid to boost your winter baits: For great added attraction, simply add finely grated parmesan or blue cheese. This is just the ‘tip of the iceberg!’
By Tim Richardson