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Posted by Whipgenie
4/27/2022 6:56 PM
I'm still struggling pretty hard.

Any tips for how to put some crappie in the boat right now on Chick? Can put in anywhere. Usually Wolftever but I'm thinking up around soddy tomorrow just for a change.

I don't have a mentor other than youtube.
Posted by Whipgenie
4/28/2022 4:18 PM
Another morning, launched at sunrise. Out until lunch. 1 keeper - barely.

So here's what I'm doing:

Light tackle 4lb line 1/32 or 1/16 ounce jig head (chartreuse usually) and a whole bunch of jigs in all different colors. Have had the most luck lately with bobby garland ice blue I think.

Anyway, the fish finder returns completely die off in less than about 10' of water so I was staying in about 15 to 10 feet and can see plenty of them (or something) down there. This morning they seemed to be mostly at about 10 - 12' deep. I cast out, let it sink to what feels like it should be about the right depth, then gently bring it back. If seems like I'm doing an OK job at keeping it at about the correct depth.

Move around after a few minutes of nothing, slowly troll around doing the same glad the sonar can't amplify their obvious laughter.

I tried some laydowns near the bank but the finder was completely dead and I kept getting hung up. I ran short on "weedless" jig heads and really don't know what to do to not get hung.

Looked for some structure, thought I found some but no joy there though I had some bumps.

Today we fished a couple creeks going into wolftever and a bit outside the bridge on a slope where we've had a little success before.

I don't want to go out without something new to try that might have a chance. Anything will help.

Thanks.
Posted by rsimms
4/28/2022 6:03 PM
I am DEFINITELY not the best crappie fisherman on this Forum. Maybe I'd rank in the Top 500, emphasis on "maybe!"

That said, my suggestion is that you learn how to "shoot docks." In my humble opinion, from May through October, it is probably the most consistently successful pattern there is. Trust me, there is a big learning curve in (A) learning how to "shoot" properly (my downfall) and (B) learning which are the best docks to shoot. You may need to fish 20 docks to find one or two good ones. But once you find good ones, they'll often stay good consistently. You said "YouTube" is your mentor. There are a thousand videos on YT that will show you how to shoot docks.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=crappie+shooting+docks

Good luck!
Posted by jbh3
4/29/2022 7:53 AM
Not sure if any old posts by our former crappie guru aka "Drumking" are still searchable on here, but, if so you would do well to check them out. I believe someone said he was still active on one of the crappie forums.
Posted by ranger518vx
5/3/2022 12:10 PM
There have been some decent crappie on the docks near the marina back in Wolftever Creek. Red/Chart hair jigs have worked well for me. I normally put up my crappie poles completely from May - October. Good luck!
Posted by Rob Lee
5/3/2022 3:52 PM
what JBH3 said. Visit Crappie.com under Tennessee and read DrumKing's post. He normally doesn't crappie fish until June and at that time he targets offshore structures....brush piles. I believe Mr. Simm's is spot on at this point and time. Docks until they move deep. Good luck.
Posted by Whipgenie
5/3/2022 4:42 PM
Awesome, everyone. Thank you.
Posted by Biofisher I
5/18/2022 2:16 PM
There is a free on line magazine. Crappienow.com
It is filled with article, videos, and a lot of information about Crappie fishing, check it out. Once you sign up it will continue to come to you once a month.

BioFisher

Edited by Biofisher I 5/18/2022 2:17 PM
Posted by Whipgenie
6/17/2022 11:54 PM
Thank you for the pointers the the drumking post over there. Lots of good info.

It's getting better. Starting to be able to find them. Three straight trips with keepers.

Sure makes it more enjoyable.
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