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#11640855 - 06/01/16 04:54 PM Technique advice
MilesHunter Offline
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Registered: 03/17/13
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Loc: Mansfield, TX
I'm hoping to get some advice from those that have, or do currently, crappie fish from a pontoon boat, but I'll take all the advice you guys have got. I'm pretty limited crappie fishing from my pontoon as I don't have a trolling motor. I'd eventually like to get a Minn Kota with iPilot but it's gonna be a while. I've been mostly fishing standing timber right now because I can cruise up and tie off to the timber and fish. How would you guys be fishing if you were me? Stick with the timber and just keep tying up to it? Anchor over structure? Drift? Something different? I've got a Humminbird 999 si and a bunch of rod holders as well. I'm just trying to learn the best ways to fish with the limitations of the pontoon. Thanks!
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#11640942 - 06/01/16 05:34 PM Re: Technique advice [Re: MilesHunter]
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Easiest thing to do would be to tie up under a bridge & fish the pilings. You could use the big motor to move to the next set of pilings.

I am not a fan of anchoring anywhere near a brushpile. Find yourself a used (regular) trolling motor, till you can save up and get the one you really want.
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#11641026 - 06/01/16 06:11 PM Re: Technique advice [Re: MilesHunter]
Team CrappieCat Offline
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Loc: Prosper Texas
Anchoring over structure I always find that the wind blows me off of it by 2 ft from being able to fish it. I like tying up to timber in the late spring thru summer. I tie off ,fish for a few minutes, if nothing happens move on to the next
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#11641083 - 06/01/16 06:31 PM Re: Technique advice [Re: MilesHunter]
Knot Normal Offline
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No trolling motor is tough. but you don't need an I pilot if you find a pile and drop a marker and manually stay close to it. As said before, anchoring is not a good idea because inevitably you will drag or the wind will shift and you will find yourself not there anymore. You can make your self a brush pile next to structure or a tree and fish it that way . Now that is on Rayburn or Toledo where there are still trees. they are the only ones I am familiar with. Good luck and let us know how its going.
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#11641651 - 06/01/16 10:05 PM Re: Technique advice [Re: Team CrappieCat]
MilesHunter Offline
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Originally Posted By: Team CrappieCat
I like tying up to timber in the late spring thru summer. I tie off ,fish for a few minutes, if nothing happens move on to the next


Is that how most do it? Give each tree a few minutes and move if you don't catch any? I'm sure I've been spending too much time at each tree. Usually 20 min or so.

Also, does anyone use their side imaging to try to find a tree full of crappie before you stop and fish? Or do most people just look for trees in a certain depth, water clarity, etc. and just start going from tree to tree till you locate the fish?
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#11641867 - 06/02/16 06:51 AM Re: Technique advice [Re: MilesHunter]
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Loc: Diana,TX
With side imaging, look for trees that look like Christmas trees! In other words, lots of bright white echos in them. Mark them and fish them!
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#11643229 - 06/02/16 04:34 PM Re: Technique advice [Re: MilesHunter]
onfirecrappie Offline
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Registered: 02/12/13
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Loc: Gunter,Texas
Fishing the timber and bridges should allow you plenty of crappie through the summer. If I haven't caught a fish within 5 minutes I'm off to the next tree. I actually disagree with not using anchors, I put one anchor out 50' or so on one side of the brushpile and motor or drift to about 50' on the other side of the pile and drop the other anchor. Then pull both anchor ropes until the boat is positioned directly above the pile and tie them off. Unless you are spider rigging, trolling motors are nice but not a necessity. Good luck

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