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#12248463 - 05/16/17 04:00 PM How do you get the big one to hit?
smove Offline
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Registered: 02/09/12
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Loc: Forney, TX
I have a spot that I'm able to fish from the bank. The water is approximately 8-20 feet deep. I'm able to catch plenty of small crappie, but no big ones. I'm casting my jig out 40-50 feet from the bank, letting it drop down with a slow retrieval. And like I say, I'm catching them but they are all small. I'm even catching them two at a time. Could the spot just be stacked with small crappie. Should I use a bigger jig? I need some help. I've tried minnows and the same result. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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#12248486 - 05/16/17 04:09 PM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: smove]
MilesHunter Online   content
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Registered: 03/17/13
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Loc: Mansfield, TX
Originally Posted By: smove
Could the spot just be stacked with small crappie.


Yup. That is probably the case.
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#12248488 - 05/16/17 04:09 PM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: smove]
Ken Gaby Online   content
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Probably all small fish. If you haven't tried yet, put on a 3" bait and fish that. If nothing, then I'd guess all small fish.
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#12248504 - 05/16/17 04:17 PM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: smove]
DFW-fisherman Offline
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Ken - which 3" baits are you thinking about? Thanks in advance.

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#12248519 - 05/16/17 04:30 PM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: smove]
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With those numbers of smaller fish, I would guess that there aren't any bigger fish there. You would have caught a bigger one if they were there.
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#12248543 - 05/16/17 04:41 PM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: smove]
keyboard Offline
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Registered: 04/24/08
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Ask SheCrappieKiller. He always catches only big fish.

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#12248674 - 05/16/17 06:12 PM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: keyboard]
Bobcat1 Online   content
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I call places like that the Nursery and move.

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#12248728 - 05/16/17 06:50 PM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: smove]
Ken Gaby Online   content
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Thermocline Lures makes a 3" tadpole and a 3.5" super fry. The Mr Fry is 2.5" and with a jig head, it's almost 3".
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#12248856 - 05/16/17 07:57 PM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: smove]
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try hooking a large minnow right thru the center of the head, dark red blood will come out. Yes, minnow will die but who cares, your not minnow 911. Now cast him abt 15 feet to the side of the area you are catching them, and slow roll him back to you if no action, try the other side. Big fish will often sit in pairs close by to brush piles for some reason if there is some type of cover near by. it doesnt need to be big, it could be a branch, medium stone old rip rap, ect.
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#12248937 - 05/16/17 08:45 PM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: smove]
bush hog Online   content
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You didn't mention where in the water column you are starting your retrieve. The bigger fish could very well be there but just holding at a different depth. As soon as your jig hits the water start counting off seconds. Try several different depths and if you catch a keeper (and you've been counting) then you know where to place your next cast. Search the entire water column if you can (including the bottom). Good luck to ya! fish

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#12249112 - 05/16/17 09:53 PM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: smove]
HOGON Online   content
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I second the use a bigger bait.
Anything from Thermocline is a good start. Copper Mine or their Black Emerald Shiner are sure bets.

I also agree the bigger ones may be holding higher in the water column than the small fish.

If the depth is 8-20 Feet and it was early I would try the 4-6 Foot range. Later in the day they could be anywhere in that 8-20 Foot range. You could get a 1/16 ounce feather jig from PEPOP (Grapefruit Limeade) toss that out directly in front of you and let it slowly fall through the water column. Watch your line and hang onto your rod. If they are holding higher they will not be able to resist that Grapefruit Limeade. The jig will pendulum back towards you. If there is a big one there they will smack it.

Keep us Posted.

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#12249296 - 05/17/17 06:49 AM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: keyboard]
Spiderman Online   content
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Originally Posted By: keyboard
Ask SheCrappieKiller. He always catches only big fish.


I 2nd this opinion, only the Monsters!
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#12249367 - 05/17/17 07:50 AM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: Ken Gaby]
DFW-fisherman Offline
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Registered: 04/01/11
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Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: Ken Gaby
Thermocline Lures makes a 3" tadpole and a 3.5" super fry. The Mr Fry is 2.5" and with a jig head, it's almost 3".


Thanks Ken! thumb

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#12250388 - 05/17/17 05:35 PM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: smove]
deucer02 Online   content
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Registered: 02/20/09
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Loc: Irving, Texas and Cedar Creek
If they're there constantly, the should be some good size black bass nearby and they eat almost as good as crappie.

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#12251774 - 05/18/17 12:50 PM Re: How do you get the big one to hit? [Re: smove]
smove Offline
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Registered: 02/09/12
Posts: 137
Loc: Forney, TX
Thanks guys for all the great advice. I think I will start with the 3" tadpoles from Thermocline Lures. I honestly didn't even think about fishing in the 4-6 foot range. I would normally throw out and let the jig go to the bottom and start retrieving it as slow as possible. I will definitely start counting as soon as it hits the water. Thanks again for the advice. I'll keep you posted on my next outing.

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