Crappie Fishing At Night
The majority of crappie fisherman fish during the day when the fishing pressure is at it's highest and most of the slab crappie are deep in cover. Now if crappie anglers would switch to crappie fishing at night they would find little fishing pressure and the big crappie are very active at night and not as wary. All you need to get started is some good to get started.
The technology for crappie night fishing has been around for quite some time and any night fisherman will tell you that you need these night fishing lights to be successful.
The reason a light fishing submersible is so successful when night fishing for crappie is because it attracts baitfish. You will amazed at the swarms of bait fish that can be attracted by one of these night fishing lights. And we all know that where there are large numbers of baitfish there will be some great crappie fishing action.
The best time to go night fishing for crappie is on hot summer nights.The temperature of the water regulates the body heat of the crappie, remember crappies are cold blooded. The crappie doesn't have a internal cooling system like we do and as result they are not active when it's hot outside, but when the water cools at night the crappie are on the move feeding.
Now if you really want to juice up your crappie night fishing party try using a Coleman lantern. Get a clamping device that will hang your lantern out over the water that can mount to your boat, dock or something along the bank if you are bank fishing for crappie. Make sure you shield the light beam so it only shines out over the water.
The light and heat from the lantern will attract thousands of bugs, and you guessed it bait fish! And game fish! Make sure you bring plenty of insect repellent you will need it. Now when you look down in the water where light is shinning you may see little fish swarming and concentrated in one area and this is called the "bait ball" Fish the area outside of the "bait ball" where there is less competition for your bait. If live minnows don't work use a jig, it will stand out.
If you want to increase your crappie catch you can use the combination of your two fishing light sources to your advantage. After you have positioned your lantern drop your under water fishing light as close to the center of your lantern's reflection on the surface water as possible. Just remember you still have to do some pre-planning and find a good crappie night fishing spot that is located near a know crappie habitat area.
Crappie have amazing keen night vision which give them a definite advantage over the bait fish you can attract near your night fishing lights. Most bait fish cannot detect color at night and do not have the reaction time that the crappie does at night, and crappie use this to their advantage. Any big slab will sit patiently around the edges of your light source waiting for unsuspecting bait fish to come swimming by.
Blue and green fishing lights colors are the best choices when you go to select a underwater fishing light source. It has been known for decades that light attracts insects , some fish species and shrimp at night. But you may not know green and blue submersible lights will also attract zoo plankton which bait fish and insects will feed on.
A good coleman type lantern can be purchased for under 50$ The best lanterns will have double mantles, and use a propane canister that screws directly into the mantle holder.
You can purchase lanterns at most department stores. A good quality green fishing light can be purchased online for under 200$ you want to make sure when you buy a submersible light that it has a good long cable and quality battery clamps to attach to your portable dc power source.
Well folks Its been great ! Just a note before we end our article. if you are going to purchase a underwater fishing light for night fishing for crappie do some research, the lowest price is not always the best. Wish you luck on your next fishing trip!
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