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Fish: Black Crappie

A crappie day on the ice

Post By: Swampy13      Posted: 2/22/2019 4:45:51 PM     Points: 82    
Pathway and I hit the ice again today. Arrived when it was still dark and drilled a half dozen holes in search of crappie. It didn't take long and we were on them. For a while we had to hole hop and drill more holes just to keep up with them as they were moving around quite a bit. But eventually we found an area they had settled into. From then on we fished four holes. Most were suspended between 22'-26'. Although occasionally some came through at 5'-10'. Together we caught 145. Lots of small ones but some in the 8"-10" range, enough for a limit for the table. We left at 1:00 cuz our elbows were hurting, lol.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 2/22/2019 5:54:55 PM     Points: 6483    
Nice looking catch.If your elbows hurt from reeling em in,just wait till you spend an hr at the cutting board!
OH the cross's we must bear!
 Reply by: Assassin      Posted: 2/22/2019 7:52:05 PM     Points: 1034    
Insert ice fishing pun:

"Holey crappie!"

Sounds like fun, nice catch.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 2/23/2019 9:01:33 AM     Points: 10791    
Nice going Fred, good fun and good eats.
 Reply by: Swampy13      Posted: 2/23/2019 11:39:44 AM     Points: 82    
Russ, we have been fortunate this winter to have gotten into the crappie a number of times. The crappie bite can be hard to recognize at times because they tend to bite very light and often times feed up. Meaning you have to watch your line as well as the rod tip. If the line goes the bit least slack or limp, then you have to set the hook. Even on the drop you have to watch the drop rate and if it slows any there is usually one on. Once you get zoned in on it, the game is on. Of course a noodle rod comes in very handy. And for those wondering why we keep count. It's mostly to see if we can beat our previous record and also it gives us good information as far as trying to establish a pattern at a given lake at a given time of year, factoring in the moon phase, barometer, storm fronts etc. When the bites gets like it was on Friday, you'd think we were little kids doing something we shouldn't be doing, lol.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 2/23/2019 12:12:16 PM     Points: 10791    
Same thing for Jerry and I last week. Noodle rod or spring bobber is a must. Very light bite and most hit it up. Saw what we believed where crappies on the flasher but they where very spooky or lip locked after 8 or so. No evening bite either but thatís crappie fishing.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 2/23/2019 12:40:08 PM     Points: 295    
That a crap load of crappie!
 Reply by: Swampy13      Posted: 2/24/2019 11:33:00 AM     Points: 82    
HP, actually you are right on, on the time it takes to process 20 crappie. From the start of getting stuff set up until the final wiping down of the countertop it does take just about an hour. My system might be able to be improved upon, but it is good for me and I can get into a rhythm pretty good. I've timed it several times this year. But don't ask me why......

The same number of perch would take less time, probably about 45 minutes.