Crappie Fishing At Night
Little known to most crappie anglers is the fact that crappie are very active at night, and if you have good a night fishing for crappie trip can be quite amazing.
Actually, crappie night fishing anglers have used submerged light fishing to attract crappie at night for many years. The technology has advanced some, but the night fishing techniques are much the same.
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 in addition to using underwater fishing lights
you should also try using a Coleman lantern clamped or hung on a pole so you can adjust the projection of light beam out over the water.
Look for a clamping device so you can mount your lantern on the side of your boat ,dock or pole if your bank fishing for crappie at night. Try to shield the light so the entire light beam projects out to a spot on the water surface.
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.
It is still very important for you to do some pre-planning and find a known crappie habitat area before nightfall. Once you have your lantern set up its time to drop your submerged light fishing into the water.
Try to lower your submerged light source as close to the center of the projected surface light source from your lantern. With a good fishing light combination you should see a good increase in your crappie catching efforts.
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.
Using fishing lights at night is not a new concept. It has been known for years that fish, shrimp and insects are attracted to light at night. But adding a submersible light source you can also attract zoo plankton which the bait fish will feed on. The best colors you want to use for a underwater fish light source is either blue or green. These colors seem to work best to attract both insects and bait fish.
A good propane lanterns are easy to find and purchase in most department stores for under 50$. Make sure you buy one that has a double mantle for more illumination power. You can find quality submersible fishing lights on the internet for under 200$.
Good submersible green fishing lights should include long power cables so you can suspend you fishing light at different depths. The light should also have quality battery clamps to attach to 12 volt battery such as a car battery.
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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