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#11006246 - 07/28/15 06:19 PM New to crappie fishing...
Ian679 Offline
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Registered: 07/24/15
Posts: 37
Loc: Waco
Hey fellas. I linger on this site alot look g for new info and good tips. I learn alot from yall. I do lots of catfishing and I'm looking to get into something new. Gonna pic up some new rods an reels. Anyways, I was looking for tips on jigs and locating structures that I should be fishing. I mostly fish lake waco, bosque, and brazos area. I do have a kayak so I can access most locations. I'm thinking I'm gonna start at 185 bridge pillers and wood piles. Start from the bottom and work my way up until something bites. Tips and locations would be much appreciated. Thanks

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#11006308 - 07/28/15 06:56 PM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
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welcome to TFF.
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I'm not familiar with those waters, but good luck thumb
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#11006447 - 07/28/15 08:27 PM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
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I'm in the area, but don't ask me. I seem to have forgot how to fish. Didn't get a bite last time out. blush
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#11006478 - 07/28/15 08:42 PM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
Jacob Offline
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I like to start shallow and get deeper. The more aggressive fish seem to hang higher in the water column. It's hard to beat any jig with chartreuse on it. Lots of fine jig makers here. I use Slab Bandits.
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#11006601 - 07/28/15 09:40 PM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
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Fishing bridges are a good place to start....
Grab a few different colors of Bobby Garlands
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#11006636 - 07/28/15 09:57 PM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
Ian679 Offline
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Registered: 07/24/15
Posts: 37
Loc: Waco
All the tips are greatly appreciated. When using the bobby garlands. do u hide the hook or leave it exposed. Assuming ur referring the the shad jigs

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#11006643 - 07/28/15 10:00 PM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
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Loc: Beckville, TX
Leave it exposed.

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#11006698 - 07/28/15 10:26 PM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
crope1 Offline
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Welcome to the forum! continue to hang out here and i'm sure you will put a plan together.do you have a graph on your kayak? plentiful source of jigs to pick from on here,plastics and hand-ties.

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#11006892 - 07/29/15 05:33 AM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
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welcome To the Texas Fishing Forum! Glad to have you on board. thumb
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#11006930 - 07/29/15 06:05 AM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
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#11007109 - 07/29/15 08:27 AM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
crappiegetter Offline
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Registered: 10/24/13
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Loc: Waco TX
welcome See ya Out there Most ramps south of Koehne Park are now open : North nothing yet frown the 185 would be ok in your Yak GL
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#11007382 - 07/29/15 10:23 AM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
larry mays Offline
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Registered: 11/24/14
Posts: 863
Loc: Winnsboro, Texas
With plastic jigs the big thing is getting the jig on the hook as it was made for. Must be put on so the jig has full movement to do its thing. I only use collar type hooks and if the jigs don't hole up to it I get my jigs some where else next time. These are the best jigs out there better than live bait or hand tie's if they are fished right. Luck

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#11007562 - 07/29/15 11:41 AM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
BlueNitro Offline
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Registered: 06/08/10
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Loc: Lewisville
I like Thermocline Lures, Constant Pursuit, and Slab Bandits when I fish plastics. Depends how I plan on fishing as to which bait I use.

Leave the hooked exposed like in this picture.



From I kayak, I would guess it would be best to start fishing the bridges until you get electronics (assuming you don't) to be able to help find the brushpiles.
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#11007671 - 07/29/15 12:31 PM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
Tommy Ezell Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/05/11
Posts: 1404
Loc: Rockwall,Tx.
Welcome aboard. I got my first fresh TOW (Time On Water) from a kayak. Google Earth is your best asset. Learn the patterns then find areas on Google Earth that correspond with the patterns. It's really that simple. Planning is the key to a succesful trip and safe one in a kayak.Tight lines!


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#11007991 - 07/29/15 02:46 PM Re: New to crappie fishing... [Re: Ian679]
HooknSlabs35 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 128
Loc: Burleson, TX
welcome

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