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#11021500 - 08/05/15 09:06 AM I can see them but can't make them bite......
GhostRider32 Offline
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I don't get it. I put out brush about 4 weeks ago, the crappie appear to be all over it and still all my son, wife and I catch are a few dinks. We have been using Bobby Garland and Thermocline lures in various colors and various jig heads but we haven't been real successful. I know the lures work because of the pics I see on other posts. Is it just to hot?

I know the pics are a little stretched as we wern't going very fast but it appears to me that the cedar trees are loaded with crappie.






Any pointers on what I'm doing wrong?

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#11021551 - 08/05/15 09:25 AM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
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I would say yes they are loaded with crappie. Catching them can be tough sometime, it is for me right now. I am catching them, but not like I was a month or two ago. Maybe it is the heat. I use jigs and crappie nibbles to catch the few I am getting.

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#11021554 - 08/05/15 09:26 AM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
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DUDE, those piles are loaded! Welcome to the club on seeing them on the graph and can't get them to bite. It's summer man and sometimes you just have to wait them out. Get some minnows and tip those jigs as well. That might help.
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#11021558 - 08/05/15 09:27 AM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
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Are you tipping your jig with crappie nibbles?

Have you tried minnows?

Just some thoughts.
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#11021615 - 08/05/15 09:47 AM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
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Most times it helps to go to a 1 inch up a 1 1/2 jig. I like to use whites, light blue, monkey milk something along that line when they are there and not wanting to play. also use the differ ways you know to fish the jig.

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#11021664 - 08/05/15 10:05 AM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
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I believe that those fish have lock jaw and it is nothing that you or your family are doing wrong. If you give me the coordinates, I could prove to you that they wouldn't bite for me either.

I would try a bigger profile bait and +1 on the minnows.

Great screen shots!!!

Now about those coordinates.
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#11021673 - 08/05/15 10:07 AM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
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Minnows? Sometimes minnows are the key...

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#11021717 - 08/05/15 10:24 AM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
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Il be the different one in the group. I say go smaller on the baits and the absolute lightest jighead you can get by with. When I find finicky crappie I like a 1 1/4" slab bandit on a 1/32 oz jig-head. This can be difficult to fish in the wind but if it is a relatively calm day that can sometimes be the ticket in bringing home a limit, vs a couple.
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#11021729 - 08/05/15 10:28 AM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
Dutch1947 Offline
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Yup, sometimes smaller is better.

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#11021839 - 08/05/15 11:22 AM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
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Thermocline lil fry on a 1/32 jighead maybe even with tipped with a minner especially if throwing a 1/16oz head. Small handties or even a straight minnow would be what I would throw at em, but you might as well done move onto another pile. I'm sitting here at work daydreaming and just mauled that one like a pack of coyotes in a melon patch.

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#11021961 - 08/05/15 12:08 PM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
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Visit the pile at varying times of the day or night. Crappie have to feed sometime..you're meal ticket is to be there when they do.

Gman
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#11021965 - 08/05/15 12:09 PM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
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Yep down size. Yes those baits are excellent baits. Sometimes a minnow on a simple Snell Hook with a split shot can get them to dance.
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#11022169 - 08/05/15 01:24 PM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
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Thanks for the replies all. I'm going to try some of those crappie nibbles and minnows and up size and downsize to see what happens. I have not fished a minnow in a long time as I'm doing my best to learn how to be a jig fisherman but it looks like I will give it a try now. I guess sometimes there are no substitutes for the real thing......



Edited by GhostRider32 (08/05/15 01:24 PM)

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#11022232 - 08/05/15 01:46 PM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
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Originally Posted By: GhostRider32
Thanks for the replies all. I'm going to try some of those crappie nibbles and minnows and up size and downsize to see what happens. I have not fished a minnow in a long time as I'm doing my best to learn how to be a jig fisherman but it looks like I will give it a try now. I guess sometimes there are no substitutes for the real thing......



Don't be ashamed to try different things....especially a minnow.
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#11022358 - 08/05/15 02:16 PM Re: I can see them but can't make them bite...... [Re: GhostRider32]
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I ran into the same situation a while back, some old timer ask me if i had a hair fly the ones they use for trout, 4 lb test free fall and WHAMMM!!!
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