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GET THE NET!


What do you think of when you hear “Get the Net”. I instantly think of a big bass. Coming from a tournament background that thought is burned into my brain. My second thought might be a big Pike or Walleye. But how many times to you hear get the net for BIG Crappie? Well you might think it’s funny or cute until the biggest Crappie of your life comes unbuttoned at the boat because you were trying to lift it in or get it close enough to pick it up by hand. These giant panfish are known for their tender mouths and can easily come unhooked at any time. On a recent trip, I hooked what ended up being one of my biggest Crappies to date. Fishing from a pontoon, I didn’t want to lift it out of the water and reaching over the side of the pontoon seemed a bit tricky, so I went for the net. This worked out perfectly. The rest of the day I netted several crappies without losing any fish at the boat.


This day I was fishing shallow water along the bank with wood laydowns. Using a small missile float, with a 24” leader and a size #10 Pink/White Pinkie jig seemed to be the ticket. This technique is often referred to the bug and bobber technique but instead of using a fly I was using a Pinkie jig. Even though the weather was cold and the sun was tucked behind the overcast skies the entire day, the fish were still active. There is still time to get out and target some giant Crappies in the shallows before they head to the deep. And just remember to bring the net, when you hook up with your own giant, you’ll be glad you did….


 

 

 

 

 

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