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Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips - Tips & Tricks #12801726
06/22/18 05:04 PM
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Lake Lavon
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Went fishing Saturday, Monday afternoon and Wednesday. Finally catching up to do a report. cool
Took advantage of the cloudy weather due to the storms in the Gulf and took a day off work.

Saturday was tough as we fished BP’s and caught prolly 40-50 fish but only kept 11. Luckily a buddy of ours only kept 5, so he gave them to us to make a good mess of 16. cheers Thanks Carter! He said he caught many more the day before just messing around, so Saturday was off for us for some reason.
Right near the end of the Saturday trip, I realized we were both using different colors, but very similar shad patterns. So I switched to an old favorite (from last year lol) of mine called Copper Mine color since it resembles a perch rather than a shad. Wham! That was a good move. They were hitting it with a vengeance.



So Monday afternoon quick trip, after starting on a few BP’s and still catching 3 or 4 to 1 dinks, decided to switch to fishing timber.
Also started with Copper Mine and the big bites continued. It was a short trip but ended up with some solid fish.




Still cloudy forecast and I was chompin’ at the bit on Tuesday. Took advantage of our “floating holiday” on Wednesday and hit the lake early. Started with Copper Mine on timber again, but in a whole different part of the lake. Went exploring and caught a few decent fish but oddly slow, then moving to the next spot found a random WPT from years past out in the middle of nowhere in 25-26 foot of water. Turned out to be an underwater tree and caught a few good ones there. Then on to the next timber. The place looked great and was the right depth (around 15-18) and marked good fish, but very few bites. Not sure if it was the wind shift from due east or pressure or what, but very slow and tough bites. It was a weird day in general… windy, calm, light rain, blazing sun, clouds, major wind shift – repeat 5 times. lol So I kept moving and the last place paid off with some good fish. Several pound and a half fish and a pound and ¾.



Good luck out there!



Last edited by TexExp; 06/25/18 02:53 AM.
Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: TexExp] #12801728
06/22/18 05:07 PM
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I appreciate Lane occasionally sharing his tips and tricks on his FB page. Always good insights from a veteran angler.
So I’ll share a few too for those new to crappie fishing.

Keep moving! – If they’re not biting, or if they’re not there or if you are catching mostly dinks, Move!
If the bite slows down, move! You can always come back and pick up a few more from that same spot. If you only catch 2-3 fish on a spot, that’s fine. Move ten times and you’ll have a limit. AND learn new spots.

Try a different pattern – If you're catching mostly dinks on BP’s switch to rocks, (rip rap or old road beds) docks or timber or vice versa.
Also, if you’re catching mostly dinks in 10-15’ of water move to 15-25’.

Try a different color or size – There was a recent shad spawn on my home lake (Lavon) and there are gillions of ¾ inch shad. Clouds of baitfish so thick it looks like structure.
Downsize your jig to “match the hatch”, - or - like I did, switch to something totally different, i.e. Copper Mine.
Always have someone in the boat using a different color or size.
Small jigs and light line are working well now also. Use 4-6 lb test or a leader. (But I still use 12# braid. lol)

Keep Moving! – Yes I’m saying it again. lol This time in reference to the spot you’re already on. I love my Ultrex and the anchor mode… and the jog function. While those are all great, I found myself too dependent on it and forgot some tricks. On a BP or in timber, there are sweet spots, some call it a spot within a spot… where the bigger fish hang out. On a ten foot square BP, it may be on the bottom right corner, or on top or on the bottom very near the BP, or deep down in the BP. Slowly move around with your jig to find that spot. THEN be sure and notice precisely where that is in relation to your buoy… and repeat. I caught the last several big fish from the same spot… and a few more 11 inchers. Especially in the spring, you can pull ten fish from the exact same spot. (Don’t know why or even how… lol). Also notice if you are upwind/downwind, up current or down current or in the shady part… and repeat on the next spot. Combined with depth and type of structure, now you are developing a pattern that you can repeat on the next spot.
It’s great to jog left/right/fwd/back 5 ft, but sometimes it only takes a subtle movement to find fish or trigger a strike. The beauty of the Ultrex is that even though it is electronic steering, it is almost as precise as the cable driven Fortrex. So – gently – move around your structure. Sometimes just the lifting of your jig as you move will trigger a strike. Moving off of timber to the next spot triggered a lot of strikes.

Try different jigging techniques – Which brings me to next subtlety which also involves moving – your bait. grin Slowly lift your jig 2-3-4-5 feet on a spot or slowly lower. Or kill it and let it fall into the strike zone for a reaction bite. Many hookups came that way after a missed strike. Also, pitching – or the pendulum. My favorite technique is dead still vertical jigging. But sometimes they want it moving, some way or another. Pitching over or around a BP or timber and watching your line for that tell-tale “tick” is very effective when other techniques don’t work.

I hope this gives you some new thoughts to try out on your next trip.
Please share any you come up with also. That’s another good thing about TFF!

Good luck out there!
Have fun!


Last edited by TexExp; 06/22/18 08:04 PM.
Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: TexExp] #12801782
06/22/18 05:43 PM
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A few more picts for grins...





I had a minor freakout Monday when I thought I was out of Copper Mine... but then I kept digging and found a bag.
yay lol




All made up WCD!! Weapons of Crappie Destruction! lol



Good luck out there!


Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: TexExp] #12801899
06/22/18 06:55 PM
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That is not a bad report....considering your age thumb thumb thumb


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Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: TexExp] #12801939
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Nice report. Thanks for the info, very helpful.


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Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: The Crappie Guy] #12801992
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Originally Posted By: The Crappie Guy
That is not a bad report....considering your age thumb thumb thumb


You're so old...

Crappie fishing wasn't even invented when you started

You're so old...
You forgot more information than most people even know. Not that it's a lot of information, just that you're old and forget stuff! lol

You're so old...
You buy a brand new boat and it falls apart before your very eyes!

(Sorry, that last one hurt...) lol

Ha!
LOL

Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: 4Weight] #12801993
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Originally Posted By: 4Weight
Nice report. Thanks for the info, very helpful.


Thank you sir.

Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: TexExp] #12802003
06/22/18 08:14 PM
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WHAT A REPORT! WTG & cudos for the Tips TexExp! You Rock sir thumb

Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: TexExp] #12802017
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Great observation and tip report Tim. Thanks for sharing. Nice fish too!


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Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: TexExp] #12802048
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Thanks! Bonz and Jimmy. I appreciate it.


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Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: TexExp] #12802061
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Solid post and fish. Good job. thumb




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Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: TexExp] #12802614
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Thanks for the tips and the report! The problem with fishing out of my kayak is that I don’t realistically have the whole lake to move to different spots although I can easily cover a few miles in any direction. Just takes a while to get there.


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Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: TexExp] #12802854
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Good stuff thumb

Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: TexExp] #12802927
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Definitely that time of year. Nice report, TexExp.


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Re: Saturday, Monday & Wednesday trips [Re: TexExp] #12804296
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Very good stuff. Especially the rebound part. It's working on Lewisville too.

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