Crappie Baits 101: Learn the Ropes and Get More Strikes
If you have just started crappie fishing, you are probably still thinking of how to effectively use live bait on your fishing trips. Let’s face it – it’s easy to just hook the bait and go, but it takes planning and real technique to get a decent number of strikes.
Today we are going to uncover the real strategies that will get you more strikes from the first cast. Are you ready for the secrets of the pros? Make sure that you take notes!
1. Preparation for your fishing trip is just as important as technique. If you do not have the time and patience to keep live bait at home, I suggest buying them from a local supplier, so you will have a fresh batch of live bait every time you go out to fish.
You can also order live bait from online stores, but I suggest that you get recommendations from fellow sportsmen before clicking and buying.
Anyone can advertise that they can mail you live bait but, in the end, it is the quality of the bait that really matters. Buy bait one or two days before your fishing trip, max. But, if you really want the best results, buy your bait just before driving to your local fishing area.
That way all your bait will be active and ready to attract crappies. When you have the opportunity to speak to a local supplier who has been raising live bait for years, it might be a good idea to ask this person questions, because nothing can really replace the wisdom of someone who is out in the “front lines” every day.
Speaking to people who already have lots of experience is one of the fastest ways to learn the ropes (especially in sports fishing).
2. Learn to store your live bait properly! I cannot stress this enough. If you don’t know how to store your live bait, they will not last long and, trust me, there is a reason why sports fishing requires “live bait.”
Dead worms and fishes simply do not have the appearance and motion needed to attract fish. Plus, dead minnows tend to get mushy over time. It is going to be harder to hook these things to your line if they get mushy in your bait bucket.
3. Keeping live bait fishes at home is easy. However, it is also easy to overfill a tank with too many minnows at once. If you are planning to keep a whole tank full of minnows, air stones are necessary to oxygenate the water.
Poor oxygen levels in the water will affect the lifespan of your minnows. When feeding your minnows, feed them sparingly, and give them only a moderate amount every time. If you have pellets or flakes floating on the surface of the tank one hour after a feeding, you are giving the bait fish too much food.
4. If you plan to make live bait the star of your setup, you will need smaller hooks. Small hooks are better for live minnows because the metal will be hidden from view, giving the impression that the minnows are swimming unaided in the water.