Night Fishing For Crappie
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.
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.
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.
Now I half to tell you using Coleman lanterns is not for the light hearted. You will attract thousands of bugs to your projected light source but they will swarm near your lantern and you.
Bring plenty of insect repellent and try to locate your lantern a few feet away from yourself. After setups are complete wait about 15 to 30 minutes and you should start to see small fish starting to swam around your projected light source.
This is commonly called a"bait ball" You will want to fish the extreme edges of lighted surface water area using live minnows or florescent crappie jigs tipped with minnows.
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.
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.
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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