... this Crappie fishing is killing me! I get bites just can't connect, little frustrating to say the least! LOL
A lot of those bites these days are short fish, really short fish, like 3-6" long. It takes a REAL expert to land one! This is Glen below and he is the crappie Zen master.
the jig is bigger than the crappie!!
Seriously, Its not just you. There was an epic spawn this year due to the floods. Our lake was even shut down this year so... unmolested spawn + tons of grass/brush/shurbs from the lake being low for years = EPIC spawn. Plus, there was so much flooding downstream, COE and others left the lakes high on purpose for months. REALLY, really good spawn. Normally, the floods come, fish spawn, lakes draw down and they don't have time to hatch/grow. There are millions of bass/bream/shad/white bass/yellow bass/crappie.
You can try:
Sizing down your jig head and bait - 1/16th or smaller jig head and maybe a slab bug or frog
try braid - more sensitivity
Some use a leader of mono or fluro - I tried it, but I don't mess with it
try sickle hooks - very freakin' sharp
I use a carbon fiber rod with a graphite & fiberglass tip - more sensitivity = its light weight and strong. You may not want to go this route, but just more ideas for ya
Good luck out there!
I hope you start landing them. At least you can see what they are.