The majority of avid fisherman tend to find one fishing technique that works for them. While it is a good idea to find what is most comfortable to you, it never hurts to get a little creative. After all, getting out of your comfort zone will create more memorable fishing experiences.
All fisherman can catch fish by using the usual pole, bobber, and minnow. Adding differences in the season, type of cover, and weather allows for more challenging (and rewarding) experiences.
Fishing for Crappie in Submerged Weeds
If the area in which you are fishing in is full of submerged weeds, you may want to consider Bobber and Jig approach.
The Bobber and Jig approach works best on a overcast day during early spring, or early fall. An overcast tends to bring Crappie closer into cover, especially weeds.
You will want to setup your pole first. Place your jig on choice on the line. The bobber can be placed anywhere from one to four feet above the jig, depending on the situation you are in. The type, color, and size of the jig can be altered to fit your current situation. It’s all a matter of experimenting with it, and finding what is best for you.
Once you pole is complete, you may either place yourself upwind and slowly drift, or troll near the submerged weeds. Cast towards the area, and slowly reel the bobber in. If wind is a factor, the waves should give the jig some movement, however, if it is a calm day, you may twitch the bobber to get the same effect.
Another technique when the water in which you are fishing in contains a lot of weeds is actually finding smaller patches of the weeds.
Most fisherman tend to stick to the large weed beds. The idea is, the larger the weed bed, the more cover, and in turn, the more crappie available for catching. While this can be true, fishing smaller bed may work to your advantage as well, because they patches are less typically less fished, and easier to maneuver around (imagine a 360 degree advantage instead of only being able to fish from one side). Find a smaller patch of weeds, around a few feet wide. Use a bobber, and whichever bait you prefer. Live bait such as minnows will work best in this situation. Take your time fishing around these patches, and you are sure to snag Crappie.
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is commited to providing the best crappie fishing information possible. Get more information on crappie fishing techniques here: http://www.askcrappiefishing.com