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Minnow fishing for crappie?

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By phw - Posted on 27 January 2011

I have a question for those of you who use minnows to catch your slabs. How do you hook it. My Grandfather taught me to hook it through the lips so that it hangs naturally. I fished with a new neigbor a month or so ago and he said he had only seen one other person hook a minnow that way. He swore by hooking them through the back under the dorsal.

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I hook em all sorts of ways, behind dorsal, lips, from below the head up through the top. It just depends on how, and cover I am fishing. Mostly I hook them under the dorsal fin only when under a cork.


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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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