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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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A flat is just as it sounds. This is an area of shallow water that has no defined drop into deeper water. The water depth is uniform or gets deeper very gradually. Flats can be found at the backs of all the bays, in coves within the bays and on the main lake where the flat land adjacent to the river was covered up by water when the rivers were backed up by damming.

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