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#10880645 - 05/29/15 10:43 AM thermocline crappie lures
GhostRider32 Offline
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Registered: 05/15/15
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Hi all, I have been looking at getting some Lil'Fry's or slab stingers but don't know which colors are generally good producers. If you were going to buy 5 or 6 different colors for fishing Cooper, Coffee Mill, Pat Mayse and Hugo, what would be your choices and what weight jig head would you generally use?


Edited by GhostRider32 (05/29/15 10:44 AM)

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#10880776 - 05/29/15 11:33 AM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: GhostRider32]
tboxfish Offline
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Black Emerald shiner has been HOT lately,
The Go-To (White/Chart) is always a good choice,
Blue Glo-Treuse
Night Prowler
Natural Shad
Strawberry Seed Banana
Ice Shad
Silver Flash Chart
Go-To Greenie
OK, I'm getting carried away - LOL
Zombie Juice is another of my Fav's
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#10880807 - 05/29/15 11:45 AM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: GhostRider32]
GhostRider32 Offline
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Does it matter whether they are lil'fry's or slab stingers and what weight jig would you recommend?

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#10880819 - 05/29/15 11:47 AM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: GhostRider32]
Action_Jackson Offline
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If Thermocline Lures are producing "BIG HAWWWG" crappie, I may have to get a few packs to try out!! I'm a "constant pursuit outfitter junky" myself but don't mind trying new lures especially if they produce nice slabs! What size is the best sellers for the "Fry" type lures??
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#10880836 - 05/29/15 11:52 AM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: GhostRider32]
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I like both styles, but the Lil' Frys are great when the fish are feeding on small fry or being finicky.
Depth will dictate jig weight, this time of year I use a 1/16 or a 1/32 if the wind is not blowing bad to get the slow rate of fall which is when I pick up a lot of strikes.
Some use a 1/8 year round, but I like to slowly pull my jig up through the fish with my free hand on the line above the reel pulling the line out to the side, then let go and let it fall back down. Most times the you'll see the line jump a little or it will just quit falling before all the slack is out - SET THE HOOK!
I'd use a #4 sickle hook for both those 2 body styles.

I'm no master, that's just how I like to fish.
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#10880860 - 05/29/15 12:00 PM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: GhostRider32]
TexExp Offline
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Ghostrider, "the pattern is full" cheers



1/8 or 1/16th jig head depending on how deep. I stopped by there a few weeks ago. They have some really good new jig heads.

You have two good choices on bait types.
I also really like the slab bug for a small presentation with a LOT of action from the legs. I've caught them on l'il frys too...
Here's a few colors and other folks can chime in with their favorites:

BES - Can't go wrong with Black Emerald Shiner
Billy's backup - bright chartreuse tail
Any of the blue or black & chartreuse


Here's a 2 pound crappie that came off the slab bug



They choke it -



I also like this color, but I'm not sure what it's called. confused grin
I think maybe sapphire something... Also call Belinda and Todd and ask what colors they recommend that have been hot lately on your lakes. There are some additional new hot colors not on the website yet.


banana

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#10880868 - 05/29/15 12:03 PM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: GhostRider32]
TexExp Offline
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Oops, I had to get back to work, so others posted before me.. lol

Yep, strawberry seed banana is very bright! for our dingy and flooded water
I just got some and looking forward to getting the thump
Good color



Edited by TexExp (05/29/15 12:10 PM)

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#10880895 - 05/29/15 12:14 PM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: GhostRider32]
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I agree on the slab bug doing it's job. I have been tied up and haven't had a chance to go in a month so I wouldn't want to say what they are biting right now but the black chartreuse slab bug will be on the end of one of my rods all of next week.
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#10880909 - 05/29/15 12:19 PM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: Action_Jackson]
tboxfish Offline
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Originally Posted By: Action_Jackson
If Thermocline Lures are producing "BIG HAWWWG" crappie, I may have to get a few packs to try out!! I'm a "constant pursuit outfitter junky" myself but don't mind trying new lures especially if they produce nice slabs! What size is the best sellers for the "Fry" type lures??

Lil' Frys as I stated are my go to bait when the fish are feeding on small fry or being tight lipped, the Mr. Fry is the style I prefer, but during the winter or if I'm after big fish , Super Fry will be getting wet.
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#10881046 - 05/29/15 01:02 PM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: tboxfish]
GhostRider32 Offline
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Forgive my ignorance but what are the Mr. fry and Super Fry? All I see on your website are Lil'Fry, Slab Stingers and Slab Bugs.

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#10881056 - 05/29/15 01:04 PM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: TexExp]
GhostRider32 Offline
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Originally Posted By: TexExp


Ghostrider, "the pattern is full" cheers



1/8 or 1/16th jig head depending on how deep. I stopped by there a few weeks ago. They have some really good new jig heads.

You have two good choices on bait types.
I also really like the slab bug for a small presentation with a LOT of action from the legs. I've caught them on l'il frys too...
Here's a few colors and other folks can chime in with their favorites:

BES - Can't go wrong with Black Emerald Shiner
Billy's backup - bright chartreuse tail
Any of the blue or black & chartreuse


Here's a 2 pound crappie that came off the slab bug



They choke it -



I also like this color, but I'm not sure what it's called. confused grin
I think maybe sapphire something... Also call Belinda and Todd and ask what colors they recommend that have been hot lately on your lakes. There are some additional new hot colors not on the website yet.


banana


That's good.

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#10881139 - 05/29/15 01:31 PM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: GhostRider32]
larry mays Offline
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Loc: Winnsboro, Texas
The blue and or white is the color on lakes you fish and 1/16th is good on any lake. When possible 1/32 will slow it down some. I have been making my own hand tied jigs for 55 years but the last 2 weeks and looks like near future its been all plastic baits. There is more than a dozen makers of those and they are all good, just who has the color you want. Good luck

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#10881322 - 05/29/15 02:39 PM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: GhostRider32]
tboxfish Offline
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Originally Posted By: GhostRider32
Forgive my ignorance but what are the Mr. fry and Super Fry? All I see on your website are Lil'Fry, Slab Stingers and Slab Bugs.


On the website, click "Crappie Lures"....all are listed under the drop down that will come up.
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#10881452 - 05/29/15 03:31 PM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: GhostRider32]
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My favorites:
Black Emerald Shiner
East TX Killer
Ice Shad
Silver Flash Chart
I generally fish the Mr Fry except in July Aug and I'll fish the Lil Fry.
When you get to Thermocline Lures, click the Online Store and then look under crappie lures for the drop box.
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#10890423 - 06/02/15 02:36 PM Re: thermocline crappie lures [Re: GhostRider32]
TexExp Offline
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Registered: 01/13/10
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Loc: Lake Lavon


When I mentioned "any of the blue" I remembered the color when I tied it on yesterday and caught this one.
I think its called 'copperhead blue'. It works too. cheers
You can barely see it in the pict, but its back is a copperhead color. Maybe the crappie don't like snakes, so they smack it. grin
Belinda or Todd will know the color, I might be getting it wrong. lol





Edited by TexExp (06/02/15 02:36 PM)

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