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 underwater fishing light you would be amazed at the size of the crappie you can catch at night.
Any die hard crappie night fishing fisherman will tell you that underwater fishing light technology has been around for years, yes The technology for these submerged light fishing has improved, but all the basics of night fishing are still used.
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.
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 I am going to recommend something that could be a bit uncomfortable. Attach a Coleman lantern, that you can clamp to the side of your boat, or hang your lantern on a pole if you are bank crappie fishing at night and have some type of shield wrapped around your lantern that will project the light out on to the surface of 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.
Now take your underwater fishing light and submerge it directly in the center of the Illumination area, or as close as you can get. You will need to do some pre-planning on where the best spot to anchor off and set up for crappie night fishing, because you still need to be in a known crappie habitat area. With the combination of the two different light sources you should increase your crappie catch.
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.
You can find some good deals on underwater fishing lights on the internet for under 200$ a quality light should illuminate blue or green light and have long cables and a good set of battery cables.
A good Coleman type lantern can be fond at many department stores for less then 200$. Make sure you purchase a double mantle type that uses propane canisters.
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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