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Smithland Pool Fall Crappie

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By Huck Finn - Posted on 25 November 2010

Went to the river this past Tuesday to catch a few crappiei. But first I needed to get some bait. I have a little sandbar that has lots of emerald shiners on it. A couple of good cast with a 1/4 inch net will usually get plenty of bait for the days fishing. As you can tell I very often put more bait in the boat instead of the bucket. This was about 24 hours before a big rain front was going to hit our area. The wind was blowing 15 mph out of the North with clear skies. The water in the creeks was 52 degrees and very clear for the Ohio River. The fish were hitting very well this day, ended up with 24 crappie from 10-13 inches. Beautiful sunset, the storm front is starting to show up. Fall fishing is my favorite! I have much to be thankful for! May the Lord bless you and your family this Thanksgiving Day.

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Great report Huck Finn. Hey can youi send me your mailing address as you have won yourself a cap for the quality content you have posted. Thanks for supporting the site.


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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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