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Match the hatch - truth or bull?

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By spoonminnow - Posted on 26 October 2015

On another crappiei forum, I've been in a debate that mimicking a specific forage is not necessary when it comes to catching any fish, including crappie. What is the consensus of pro anglers?

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Mostly bull. At least in the mostly muddy waters I fish in. Color and size is very important and I have yet to see any natural bait that is chartreuse or orange, or electric chicken or Popsicle just saying..


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Angling for Crappie is popular throughout much of North America. Methods vary, but among the most popular is called 'Spider Rigging', a method characterized by a fisherman in a boat with many long fishing rods pointing away from the angler at various angles like spokes from a wheel. Anglers who employ the Spider Rigging method may choose from among many popular baits. Some of the most popular are plastic jigs with lead jig heads, crankbaits or live minnows. Many anglers also chum or dump live bait into the water to attract the fish hoping the fish will bite their bait. Crappie are also regularly targeted and caught during the spawning period by fly fishermen, and can be taken from frozen ponds and lakes in winter by ice fishing.

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