Crappie Fishing At Night
Most crappie fisherman target their favorite fishing locations during the day and not at night. But if they knew that there is little fishing pressure when you go night fishing for crappie and the large crappie are very active at night they might switch up and try crappie fishing at night. Also, If you have a good you would be amazed at the size of the crappie you can catch at night.
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.
Underwater fishing lights plain and simple attract bait fish, and we all know that bait fish attract the crappie. You will increase your catch 10 fold by using a fishing light so you can have a very a enjoyable and productive night fishing for crappie trip.
You would think that the hot summer months it would not be a good choice to go crappie fishing. That is true if you attempt to go during the day but if you decide to go crappie fishing at night you may be in for quite a surprise.
You see crappie, are a cold blooded fish species and when it gets hot during the day crappie are not very active. So when the water cools at night they are in a feeding mood.
Now in addition to using underwater 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.
You will be amazed how many bugs you will attract near the projected light source. Now I do have to tell you that you will need plenty of insect repellent using this method, because the bugs will swarm around your lantern also.
After your lantern set up is complete wait about 15 20 minutes you should start to see small fish swarming near your projected light source. This is called a "bait ball"and you will want to fish the outer edges of the light source. Start fishing with live minnows, or switch it up and use florescent jigs tipped with minnows.
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 Fishing At Night spot that is located near a know crappie habitat area.
Crappie have a distinct advantage over the bait fish at night because of their keen color vision at night. Most bait fish cannot detect color at night and do not move or react as quickly as the crappie or other game fish can at night.
The crappie can wait patiently just outside the beam of your submerged light fishing and attack the bait fish and feed at will because the bait fish cannot react quickly enough the escape from the crappie.
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 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.
In conclusion, do your home work when purchasing a submersible green fishing light If you intend to go night fishing for crappie Remember cheaper is not always better. Well That raps up my article GOOD LUCK ! and good fishing!
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