Crappie Summer Fishing With Vegetation

Summer crappies often suspend off the outside weed lines, especially cabbage weed, between 5 and 20 feet down. As always, look for the irregular bends along the edges where fish stop. * Cast a small jig, like a Lindy Quiver Jig and a minnow. But minnows can be hard to keep healthy in hot weather. * Try small plastic baits like tubes or twisters or a YUM Beavertail. Simply cast along the weed line and let it fall. Crappies will take it on the drop. * Lindy rigs are good search tools worked along the edge. A sinker and a small hook or a number 6 or 8 Aberdeen hook works best. *Use a light-action 7- or 8-foot rod. The rod should flex so you don’t pull hooks out of their paper-thin mouths. * Use light line like 4-pound-test monofilament. * Once located switch to slip and bobber. * Look for standing timber in deep water reservoirs. Crappies will hold here. * Use bait to find the aggressive fish, and then use that location to know where the other fish are. Slip bobbers can be used to help with this locating. * Deeper brush piles are great for summer crappie fishing. * In a reservoir, the brush farther from shore can be prime. It’s overlooked and often untouched. * Tight-line a small jig in this brush. Braided line often lets you pull a jig free if you get snagged.

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