Crappie Fishing

Crappie are one of the most popular fish for anglers to target in freshwater. They are extremely fun to catch and make for great table fare. On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, we go into detail about how to target and catch crappie.

First up, we take an in-depth look at the Big Bite Baits Pendulate Jig. The Pendulate Jig was designed for use with forward-facing sonar techniques to help you better present your soft plastics in those situations. Many times, when using forward-facing sonar you may be dropping baits to as deep as 50ft plus. As your jighead rigged with a plastic falls, it will commonly spin and create line twists. After continued drops, your line will become more and more twisted making it difficult to use. The Pendulate Jig features an innovative design where a swivel is molded directly into the head of the jig to prevent line twists. Having the swivel molded directly into the jighead, and one end used as the line tie, creates a smaller profile for the jighead, thus making for a more natural appearance in clear water or when targeting pressured fish. Another added benefit of the molded-in swivel is that the eye will spin when under strain from a fish, allowing them to apply less pressure when hooked. The Pendulate Jig features a custom Gamakatsu hook that has a larger gap and acute bend to provide greater holding power. It also has a molded wire keeper to hold plastics and a large reflective eye to attract all species. Hand-painted with powder-coated paint and clear coat finishes provide realistic baitfish patterns to match any soft plastic color.

Following that, we take a look at a crappie fishing adventure with Wade, Jim, and Chase on Choke Canyon Reservoir. Chase works for Choke Canyon Charters, a guide service out on the lake. He puts Wade and Jim on some great brush piles that result in a day full of fish catching fun. During this trip, learn about Garmin Panoptix LiveScope, products from Engel Coolers that help keep bait alive and fish chilled, as well as find out about particular details to pay attention to when targeting crappie!

To round out this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, we highlight Garmin Panoptix LiveScope. The segment begins with professional angler Brent Chapman explaining how LiveScope benefits crappie anglers. Following that, representatives from Garmin take us out on the water to demonstrate how to dial in settings on LiveScope to enhance your fishing experience. Tune in for this and much more on the latest episode!