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#11106810 - 09/16/15 07:28 AM Locating Crappie
bknotts Offline
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Registered: 09/04/15
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Loc: Oak Cliff
So, You are on a lake you have never fished. You have your fish finder. It is summer. It is hot. Besides the bridge pillars how would you locate crappie?

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#11107016 - 09/16/15 09:08 AM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: bknotts]
SK. Offline
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Registered: 12/18/10
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Loc: N.Houston/Fort Worth
What kind of electronics do you have?
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#11107065 - 09/16/15 09:23 AM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: bknotts]
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Loc: A small blue spot on planet ea...
TOW searching for structure that is not like the surroundings.
Brush piles, laydowns that still have the limbs and root ball, trees that lean over or have limbs that have broken and stick off to the side with the top on the bottom. Submerged tree tops.
These are the places I find them concentrated on.
Sometimes, the smallest difference can hold BIG fish!
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#11107087 - 09/16/15 09:29 AM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: tboxfish]
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Registered: 01/18/15
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Originally Posted By: tboxfish
TOW searching for structure that is not like the surroundings.
Brush piles, laydowns that still have the limbs and root ball, trees that lean over or have limbs that have broken and stick off to the side with the top on the bottom. Submerged tree tops.
These are the places I find them concentrated on.
Sometimes, the smallest difference can hold BIG fish!


Good looking out T-Box...Great info, I will add this to my notes! thumb
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#11107094 - 09/16/15 09:31 AM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: bknotts]
bknotts Offline
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Registered: 09/04/15
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Loc: Oak Cliff
I just bought a hummingbird helix with gps from someone here on the forum

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#11107287 - 09/16/15 11:00 AM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: bknotts]
SK. Offline
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Originally Posted By: bknotts
I just bought a hummingbird helix with gps from someone here on the forum

Do you have a maps card for it?
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#11107388 - 09/16/15 11:46 AM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: bknotts]
bknotts Offline
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Registered: 09/04/15
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Loc: Oak Cliff
not yet. I havent even installed it yet.

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#11107569 - 09/16/15 01:15 PM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: bknotts]
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Loc: N.Houston/Fort Worth
Those map cards point out the channels & sharp drop offs, if I was too go to a new lake those would be the hot areas I'd be scanning as it would quickly allow you to find the depth the fish are holding & most of the natural structure will be near those areas....Most map cards also list submerged structure be it a stump field, road beds or old bridges that will hold fish too...
Looking for bent poles is "not" necessary as some would recommend....
roflmao
If you don't have a map card getting lake map would help locate these areas also..
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#11107573 - 09/16/15 01:19 PM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: bknotts]
Tommy Ezell Online   content
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Registered: 10/05/11
Posts: 1404
Loc: Rockwall,Tx.
Easy...

First and foremost plan your scouting trips.

Get an extra power cord, a power converter or 12v deer feeder battery. This allows you to plan in the conform of your lazyboy.

Second is to understand seasonal patterns to determine where the crappie should be on the lake.

Third is to use your mapping on your electronics to determine where they are considering the season. Points, timber, shallow coves ect

I mark a waypoint in the areas that fit the above steps. I mark them using a flag icon and label it scout.

Fourth is to go scan those areas. 9 times out of 10 after following these simple steps I immediately find fish.



Edited by Tommy Ezell (09/16/15 01:21 PM)

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#11107581 - 09/16/15 01:23 PM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: bknotts]
SK. Offline
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Registered: 12/18/10
Posts: 961
Loc: N.Houston/Fort Worth
Another "HOT" tip I'll throw out is although you can catch a lot of fish off of the structure you can see above the water the better less pressured fish will be on the stuff you can't see other than with your electronics, that stuff usually just get passed up & usually always hold fish....


Edited by silentkilla (09/16/15 01:23 PM)
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#11107594 - 09/16/15 01:28 PM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: Tommy Ezell]
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Registered: 12/18/10
Posts: 961
Loc: N.Houston/Fort Worth
Originally Posted By: Tommy Ezell
Easy...

First and foremost plan your scouting trips.

Get an extra power cord, a power converter or 12v deer feeder battery. This allows you to plan in the conform of your lazyboy.

Second is to understand seasonal patterns to determine where the crappie should be on the lake.

Third is to use your mapping on your electronics to determine where they are considering the season. Points, timber, shallow coves ect

I mark a waypoint in the areas that fit the above steps. I mark them using a flag icon and label it scout.

Fourth is to go scan those areas. 9 times out of 10 after following these simple steps I immediately find fish.



I think my unit has more on time off the water than on the water... Be it watching recordings or looking at my map to look for new areas to scan....
Great info TE....
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#11107622 - 09/16/15 01:42 PM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: SK.]
Tommy Ezell Online   content
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Originally Posted By: silentkilla
Another "HOT" tip I'll throw out is although you can catch a lot of fish off of the structure you can see above the water the better less pressured fish will be on the stuff you can't see other than with your electronics, that stuff usually just get passed up & usually always hold fish....


Exactly... I rarely fish visible cover.

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#11107681 - 09/16/15 02:07 PM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: bknotts]
red snappa Offline
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Registered: 04/15/12
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Loc: Diana,TX
Ditto to every mention on visible cover and structure! I rarely fish it either!
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#11108654 - 09/16/15 09:17 PM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: bknotts]
Kingcarl Offline
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Registered: 11/06/14
Posts: 121
Loc: Combine
Tried to pm you Tommy. Your over the limit.

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#11108720 - 09/16/15 09:51 PM Re: Locating Crappie [Re: Kingcarl]
Tommy Ezell Online   content
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Sorry, fixed now.

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