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#12017993 - 01/03/17 11:58 AM How big is to big???
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I don't know. I keep trying bigger and they keep hitting them.
Currently killing them on a 3" Bass Assassin. 1/4 oz head on a #2 hook.



Strangely enough I'm still catching a lot of little ones as well as a lot of big ones.
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#12018004 - 01/03/17 12:07 PM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: ERNEST PATY]
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Probably why you are who you are Mr. Paty...you know how to adapt to what they want! I wouldn't have thought to go that big, but that's why you catch more fish than me! I have established a pattern on LBJ post spawn...they want a giant chartreuse Rapala trolled pretty quickly. Was just messing around dragging it behind my kayak one day and stumbled across it and now every year in April I can catch gooderns doing the same thing. Sometimes we forget they have that big mouth for a reason!
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#12018032 - 01/03/17 12:24 PM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: ERNEST PATY]
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I don't think TOO BIG is TOO BIG....at least that's what she said.....LOL



Get your head out of the gutter, I'm talkn bout that BIG female crappie.....LOL
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#12018122 - 01/03/17 01:11 PM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: ERNEST PATY]
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With the size shad these fish have in there belly and in there mouth the 3" bait seems to make since. I am a believer after Ernest tossed one at me and I tied it on and Bam, Bam and Bam and I was having a struggling morning standing next to Guy getting it handed to me fishing small jigs.
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#12018873 - 01/03/17 07:37 PM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: ERNEST PATY]
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I haven't had that problem.. banana
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#12019212 - 01/04/17 12:46 AM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: ERNEST PATY]
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Fle-Fly makes a 4" plastic body and I have caught many crappie on one with a 1/4 oz head. Some even nearly as small as the bait.

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#12020422 - 01/04/17 04:52 PM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: shut-up-and-fish]
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Originally Posted By: shut-up-and-fish

With the size shad these fish have in there belly and in there mouth the 3" bait seems to make since. I am a believer after Ernest tossed one at me and I tied it on and Bam, Bam and Bam and I was having a struggling morning standing next to Guy getting it handed to me fishing small jigs.
That`s funny David. I was catching mine on a Thermocline lil fry "firecracker"when Ernest gave you that big ol bait. hmmm
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#12020455 - 01/04/17 05:00 PM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: ERNEST PATY]
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The crappie I'm catching have a mix of both small young bluegill (1-2 inch), and 3-4.5 inch minnows.

Eric

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#12021666 - 01/05/17 09:03 AM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: ERNEST PATY]
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Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying they won't hit small jigs too. Just reporting what I have been doing.
I'm sure I could have caught some on small baits but the bigger fish hit the bigger bait for me.
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#12021742 - 01/05/17 09:37 AM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: ERNEST PATY]
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Interesting and good to hear this... I was having trouble getting bit over the weekend until I went to a 1/16oz pink head w/ a 1.5" jig. Used it all weekend with success. Friends were switching all over the place but I stayed with this one setup eventually sized up to a 1/8oz head. Caught some nice keepers, but more throw backs..

Gotta love the theory: big baits, big fish.

*EDIT* Forgot to add, they wouldn't touch a minner for some reason.. was catching them on my teaser and said to hell with minners all together.


Edited by BearfootGypsie (01/05/17 09:41 AM)

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#12021881 - 01/05/17 10:41 AM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: ERNEST PATY]
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Ive been using 3.5" baits all of 2016 with some pretty good results small fish included. I usually start off with big bait and downsize if needed.
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#12022436 - 01/05/17 02:57 PM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: ERNEST PATY]
Fishbonz Offline
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I don`t think I even have a 3" bait in my tackle sack! Maybe it`s time for ol Fishbonz to upgrade dunce
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#12022498 - 01/05/17 03:38 PM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: ERNEST PATY]
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I know a lot of professional crappie fisherman suggest you use big baits for big fish. They fish tournaments so big fish is what they are targeting. This eliminates catching dinks for them. The largest baits I use for crappie are the Zoom tiny flukes. I used them for sand bass fishing and found that crappie like them also.

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#12022734 - 01/05/17 05:35 PM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: ERNEST PATY]
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Its not the jig its the jigger.
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#12024012 - 01/06/17 10:37 AM Re: How big is to big??? [Re: Crappie Cat]
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Originally Posted By: Crappie Cat
Its not the jig its the jigger.


Yep, this one!

But, I also subscribe to the the "bigger baits - bigger fish"! thumb

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