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Re:Crappie baits 2013/04/11 06:45:26 (permalink)
BIG HUGE PIKE. If you can't undestand why there would be a lull? I'm fishing a huge beaver hut full of crappie and giant gills,maybe dinner for a pike ?I fished yesterday and it was cast and crank ( do you get the pic) then a huge pike close to 40 inches chases my gill the shore as I'm reeling it in,well there was a LULL after that. Later on after Mr. Pike had lunch the fishing picked up. Ended the day with 32 bulls 8.5- 9.75 inches and 8 crappie over 10.5. Also had one of the biggest bass in my 60 years chase two of my gills(while reeling in) to the high bank I was fishing.I really don't know how big she was but my PB large mouth is 6.5 lb and this gal looked to be 8-9 lb range.
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Re:Crappie baits 2013/04/11 09:55:36 (permalink)
Just a story w/o pics!  
 
Just kidding.  Sounds like a fun day.  
 
Man, I need to get out there.  And of course, the wknd weather looks like c_rap.  
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Re:Crappie baits 2013/04/11 10:02:38 (permalink)
Sounds like you got enough for a couple meals. Good job.
 

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Re:Crappie baits 2013/04/11 11:30:24 (permalink)
That's kinda what I figured. I had the same thing happen to me last year in the Yough. Had a big musky come in where I was fishing and caused a lull in the action. Sounds like you had a good day though.
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Re:Crappie baits 2014/06/19 07:42:11 (permalink)
Using a new bait this season. Stubby Steves fish pellets. They're an alternative to crappie nibbles. They give off scent and stay on the hook a long time. I've caught bluegills, crappies, and smallies on them so far. They make a worm that i'm going to try for walleyes. Google Stubby Steve fish food for more info.
 


post edited by chauncy - 2014/06/19 07:49:29
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Re:Crappie baits 2014/07/23 08:04:56 (permalink)
Has anybody tried Stubby Steve's new baits yet? And how do you like them?
I was at shenango lake monday and hammering the crappies with it. Most were in the 8 and 9" size range but it was fun getting them on almost every cast.
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Re:Crappie baits 2014/09/06 10:19:09 (permalink)
Give the roadrunner 1/16oz glow heads a try. My brother and i had a very good time using them on shenango.


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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/08 20:18:01 (permalink)
It's been a long time since posting on this forum. I've been using Bobby Garlands baby shads in a few diffrent colors to catch the fish on Shenango lake lately. Also using the Shadpole from Strikeking baits in their colors called Tuxedo Black and Refrigerator White. Using these baits on a 1/8th oz unpainted jighead is working for me. Give these baits a try next time you get out and post how you do.
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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/08 22:11:30 (permalink)
Thanks Chauncy your info is greatly appreciated.  Now if I might ask, what did you buy to replace the Sonar/GPS unit you are selling?  
 
I'm looking at the Hummingbird Helix 7 DI/GPS but, just looking.

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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/09 15:32:08 (permalink)
That unit is a friend of mines. I have three units on my boat. Two hummingbirds, and a lowrance hds 10 on the bow. I use a 997 si on the console and have a backup 1197 si for the bow. I also still like to use my old eagle 640 on the console for reading bottom at high speeds. Can never have to many electronics.
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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/09 22:44:43 (permalink)
Do ya think the SI models are worth the extra money or even worth considering for the local lakes?  Also, might you have a opinion on the down imaging Hummingbird makes available on the Helix 7 DI/GPS?

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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/10 01:36:39 (permalink)
From the research I've done on them, (don't own one yet) my unsolicited advise is that side imaging would be the way to go on our shallow lakes. You really wanna motor over those fish in 8'of water to be able to see them? I don't. DI seems more ideal for deep water, ideally fishing a wreck or reef in the salt. Just from the research I've done.
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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/10 18:22:12 (permalink)
Good info Fishinguy. I learned so much more about Shenango and other lakes when I started using side imaging. Never realized all the stuff I was going over all the time. Found so much more that I have close to 200 spots marked on Shenango alone.
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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/10 18:32:45 (permalink)
Appreciate the input fellas, opinions on one mfg. over another??

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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/10 20:53:01 (permalink)
I'm lookin for the one that goes on the biggest sale. Or dreaming anyway. Somehow I don't see my monochrome non gps depth finder getting replaced any time soon. $$$$
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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/10 21:46:02 (permalink)
I'm seeing $699.00 for the Helix 7 SI GPS and $459.00 for the Helix 7 DI GPS.  Haven't compared other Mfg.s yet, still trying to get my eyes refocused after reading about and watching videos on the Hummingbirds.
 
I've been using a Hummingbird DX 200 since 2003 so, I'm thinking it's time to upgrade; unfortunately, the wife is thinking....... not!
 
So, between convincing the better half, choosing between  SI or a DI plus, understanding all the other features I'm feeling a bit more  than usual.  I think I need a .

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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/12 17:46:25 (permalink)
Don't be intimidated by any of the fish finders on the market today. Just get the one you like and can afford and take your time and learn how to use it. They all serve the same purpose. Some people just like to complicate stuff. The more you use it, the more you'll learn what it can do for you.
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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/12 21:43:15 (permalink)
Gonna wait til Spring so I'll be able to do just that, use it and learn about it.  I'm liking the Sonar/GPS units, something I've not had before and I'm thinking one with down imaging.  I will buy from a supplier that honors a 30 day return policy cause if I don't like it, I can send it back and try something else.  Thanks.

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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/14 08:55:36 (permalink)
Get the biggest screen size you can afford. I'm going back to my hummingbird next spring.
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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/14 10:14:01 (permalink)
I know your right.
 
Buddy of mine just bought the Helix 7, (7" screen) mercy sakes I couldn't believe the clarity and I got to see the down imaging in action yesterday at Pymie..  Compared to my DX 200.........  I'm sold!
 
I buy any of the sonar units having side imaging and bigger screens I know I would be driving around the lake just looking at the underwater scenery.
 
I saw some tight lines and bowed fishing rods at Pymie yesterday, looked like somebody was having a good day but, I won't say a word.

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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/14 14:30:51 (permalink)
Put 45 in the cooler yesterday. jig and nibble did the job.
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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/15 14:20:54 (permalink)
BeenThereDoneThat.
Gonna wait til Spring so I'll be able to do just that, use it and learn about it.  I'm liking the Sonar/GPS units, something I've not had before and I'm thinking one with down imaging.  I will buy from a supplier that honors a 30 day return policy cause if I don't like it, I can send it back and try something else.  Thanks.
can I ask what pointed you towards a down imaging vs a side imaging unit?
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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/15 16:14:05 (permalink)
Sure..........  cost is the leading factor followed by wanting to be able to get a better picture of the structure below the boat.  I favor jig fishing over any other type of bait presentation so I target structure then, the fish.  Certainly the SI would assist with locating structure, most likely speeding the search but I just can't justify, the extra cost. 
 
I got to see the Helix 7 DI Sonar/GPS in action last week and it's love at first sight.  I have been watching videos on the Hummingbirds with SI and I must say I would certainly enjoy using such a feature but, as I told the wife, with the size and clarity of the screen I'd probably boater moat around watching the Helix and by days end, I'd have a gazillion waypoints.
 
 

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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/15 17:47:39 (permalink)
Fits your fishing style better. Understood. I've been eyeing the helix 5 si. But just can't justify doing the cash for it. Hopefully the prices drop a bit more since it's sorta new technology.
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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/15 18:58:06 (permalink)
If I fished a lot of new lakes or, larger lakes I think I would bite the bullet and go the extra cost but, I pretty much fish the  area lakes and will be able to find enough structure, holding fish, to keep me busy.  
 
However, a certain person from the "Burgh" got me addicted to trolling lead core line and (if ya promise not to tell him) I must say I do enjoy doing so.  I jig fish because of the excitement with just lifting the rod tip, feel the weight or, seeing ripples around my line then, setting the hook.  Now, I know the feeling of hearing the clicker "sing" on a line counter reel when a fish takes the bait, just wonderful. (stupid lead core).  Anyway, I could see how SI would be of benefit when trolling and some day I may be sorry I didn't spend the extra cash.
 
Like you say, prices will drop in the future and, with electronics that could be just a month or two away.  Plus, so many bigger screens hitting the market, I would think, will cause the prices to drop on the smaller screens.
 
Good luck and hope things work out for ya real soon.
 
Merry Christmas

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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/16 06:51:03 (permalink)
BeenThere, I too love the lead core.  No more farting around with snap weights, or in-line weights, etc.  But ya gotta watch out for those cluster *****.  Your 10 color line can go to 7, 8, or 9 color real fast.  8 1/2 even.  lol
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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/16 07:02:18 (permalink)
One question guys! How do you put this crappie bait on a hook?
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Re:Crappie baits 2015/12/16 09:25:00 (permalink)
Walleye jigs
One question guys! How do you put this crappie bait on a hook?




 
You silly goose, you know you don't use lead core for bait to catch Crappie,  ya tie a loop in it and, you lasso the fish!  Geez!
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Pike I know you're right, I started with a 90 yard spool having three colors (which now has 2 1/2 colors) and just graduated to 100 yds and 10 colors.   Now, I have to buy a new line counter that will hold more line!  Win Win!!
 
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And now......  back to our regularly schedule subject.
 
 
 
Merry Christmas fellas.

Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a life time. ~Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (1837–1919)~
 
 
 
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