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The Crappie Minnow school: Rigging Minnows For Crappie Fishing

By fleagle at Wed, 2009-04-08 16:53 | Crappie Fishing

Old School Crappie Fishing Family Secrets

The Crappie Minnow school rigging technique

Crappie are a very curious species of fish and they love to attack schools of minnows to satisfy their amazing live bait appetite. The following crappie fishing technique will create a small, tight little group of minnows, each one with a hook in it. If fished properly this small group of minnows can be amazingly successful, and a very productive way of filling your fish basket.

You must get a good rod and reel combo the reel being a small spin cast Variety that accepts 4 to 6lb dia. Test line. The rod needs to be over 8ft long preferably 10ft plus. I personally use a set up that consist of a small spin cast reel that is rated for 6lb test line. The reel is loaded with a braided :fireline that is rated for 10lb test but has a dia. of 4lb test line. My rod is a two piece fly rod 12ft long that I purchased from bass pro shop.

Steps To Success How to Simulate A Small School Of “Crappie Minnows”

Step#1 You will need to purchase some 3 way swivels, They work great for crappie fishing. Make sure you get the smallest you can find

Step#2 Go to bass pro shop or other tackle shops that sell loose beads and spinner blades that rotate 360 degrees. Make sure you purchase the smallest you can find. These spinners make simulate a small bait fish an make excellent crappie minnow baits

Step#3 Get yourself 1 egg, or bass sinkers, no more then a 1/4oz size.

Step#4 You will need to purchase some 10lb fire line and load your spin cast reel. The best prices I have found are at bass pro shop.

Step#5 Get yourself 3 no. 1,1/0,2/0 Aberdeen gold crappie hooks and tie them to 3 pieces of fire line cut to 16” lengths using a Palomar knot. The length you want to end up at is 12 inches, so you need to trim the end opposite the hook.

Step#6 Now you are going to cut (3) pieces of fire line each 8” inches long, they will connect between the three way swivels.

Step#7 Release enough fire line out of your rod and reel combo and run it through the eyelets on your rod. Make sure you have enough line extending past the eyelets to work comfortably when you are tying on your crappie fishing rig tackle.

Step#8 Tie on your first 3 way swivel so the eyelet is 90degrees from the top eyelet is on the left hand side.

Step#9 Pick up one of the 12” leaders you made in step 5 and slide one bead up the line. Next slide one of the spinner blades up the line behind the first bead. Next, Slide another bead up the line behind the spinner blade. Now, tie the end of the leader without the hook to the free eyelet on the 3 way swivel that is on the left side 90degrees from the top.

Step#10 Tie one end of the 8” pieces of fire line you cut in step 6 to the bottom eyelet of the first 3 way swivel, then tie the other end of the line two your second 3 way swivel. Make sure the open eyelet that is 90degrees from the top on the second 3 way swivel is located on the right hand side. After your tying is done, you want to end up with approximately 6” of space between the first and second eyelet.

Step#11 Round up (2) of the beads and (1) of the spinner blades from step five, and slide one bead up the 12” inch leader and then slide on a spinner blade spinner blade. Next slide a second bead up the 12” leader behind the spinner blade. Now tie the end opposite the Aberdeen gold crappie hook. And tie it to the 90deg eyelet that is on the right hand side.

Step#12 Tie one end of the 8” pieces of fire line you cut in step 6 to the bottom eyelet of the second 3 way swivel, then tie the other end of the line two your third 3 way swivel. Make sure the open eyelet that is 90degrees from the top on the second 3 way swivel is located on the right hand side. After your tying is done, you want to end up with approximately 6” of space between the second and third eyelet.

Step#13 Round up (2) of the beads and (1) of the spinner blades from step five, and slide one bead up the last 12” inch leader and then slide on a spinner blade. Next slide a second bead up the 12” leader behind the spinner blade. Now tie the end opposite the Aberdeen gold crappie hook. And tie it to the 90deg eyelet that is on the right hand side.

Step#14 Now pick up the last 8” connecting pieces of fire line and tie one end to last remaining open eyelet of the Third three way swivel , and the other end to the 1/4oz bass sinker.

Great Job! You have now finished your first live bait crappie fishing rig!

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