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Crappiehunter's picture

By Crappiehunter - Posted on 29 April 2008

So how do the pro's fishing tournaments, go to an unknown lake and get ready for a tournament?

wingman's picture

Look at the banks. How steep they are or are they tapered very little? Lots of times you can locate the old creek channel by doing this. Then you can follow it out trying different depths of water untill you find them.

Take a kid fishing!!!

Longhunter's picture

I also like to fish the concrete in the shade. Down current side of bridge pillings.In the winter time the water will be warmer on the sunny side.

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Charlie's picture

First get a lake map, look for similarities on lakes that you have fished. Apply to lake you plan to fish. Call or go by local bait shops and ask for information about where fish have been recently. Get names and numbers of local fishermen, ask them where, how deep, and what fish are biting. Use this information and try to apply to different areas of the lake. Try to prefish at least 2 days and more if possible.

Charlie
Honey Hole Guide Service

Woods's picture

AN UNKNOWN LAKE IS ONLY UNKNOWN TILL YOU PUT YOUR BOAT IN THE WATER. AND THE LEARNING BEGINS. I LOOK FOR DROPS AT A NEW LAKE FIRST. BECAUSE CRAPPIE HOLD AROUND THESE AREAS YEAR ROUND. AS OPPOSED TO SHALLOW FLATS WHERE THE CRAPPIE MOVE IN AND OUT OF. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO MOVE. YOU MAY ONLY HAVE TO MOVE A MATTER OF YARDS INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE OTHER END OF THE LAKE. WATCH THE LOCAL FISHERMAN ALSO WHAT PART OF THE LAKE THEY ARE FISHING IF THEY ARE USING JIGS OR MINNOWS. DO IT FROM A DISTANCE INSTEAD OF PULLING UP TO THERE BOAT. GIVE THEM THERE SPACE. I LIKE TO FIND DROPS THEN LOOK FOR WOOD ON OR NEAR THESE DROPS AND FISH THEM WITH A HAND POLE. WOODS;

Crappiehunter's picture

So what depth drops should I look for most often. Also I have always heard I should fish on the down current side of a drop, would you say that is true?

Woods's picture

A LOT OF DROPS RUN WITH WITH THE CURRENT SO I SAY THAT IS NOT TRUE. I START FISHING AT OR NEAR THE TOP OF DROPS AND FISH DOWN TO THE DEEP SIDE OF THE DROP. WOODS

Charlie's picture

I wish there was a one line answer. But there are many factors used to help determine which ledges to try.
1. Time of year.
2. Temp
3. Weather changes
4. Water clearly
That being said, in the spring and fall I like 8 to 12 ft drops. In winter 15 to 20 ft and 20 to 25 ft. In the summer I fish mostly flats. When possible I like to fish the down side of the ledge, but most ledges run with the current. I hope and would like to hear more fishermen comment on this.

Charlie
Honey Hole Guide Service

crappie cowboy's picture

I keep a good pair binocular's in my boat when fishing, that way if I'm having trouble catching crappiei, I spy..lol on other fisherman.
I can tell if there are useing jigs, or using minnows or both, how deep and where, and what size fish there catching.
I'm not scared of talking to em, but with the binocular's I don't have to bother them with questions.
Good Fishing

crappie cowboy

howferg's picture

Im know expert but I think the dropp off would have a lot to do with the lakes you fish , in other words if you are fish a lake like cumberland big drop offs you might be fishing on deeper drop offs or closer to the shore line .I look and try around fallin trees or structure .

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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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