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Minnow traps to catch crappie minnows

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By crappie_joe - Posted on 05 October 2010

I have been thinking about catching my own minnows for crappie fishingi. I now have more time than money and since I use minnows a lot figure I could save some money catching my own minnows. I also wonder if the crappiei would bite better on the minnows that that see everyday in the wild.. Been looking at some ideas. Any of you guys ever tried catching minnows and which way would you go. The store bought ones or the homemade. Also been doing some reading on where to set the traps and it seems shallow water with current and structure may be the way to go.
Another thing. What about bait? I have read everything from dog food and cat food in a stocking to crackers and bread..

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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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