How To Rig Crappie Minnows
It is very important to offer your crappie live bait presentation in just the right way so as to make the crappie get excited about hitting minnow bait presentation. It is also just as important to hook your crappie minnow correctly. You want the minnow hooked in a way that minnow can stay alive and swim freely. I am going to show you how to make a crappie minnow rig that has proven successful for me. I also would like to introduce you to a little used crappie jigging technique that is rarely used these days.
How To Make A Dual Crappie Minnow Rig Using Three Way Swivels
You can purchase these rigs commercially but if you want to save a few bucks here’s a step by step procedure to make your own.
Step#1 Get yourself some fire line line 8-20lb test. (note: a 20lb test of fire line has the dia. Of 6lb mono-filament line.)
Step#2 You will want your crappie minnow to swim as freely as possible so you will need to get some 3 ways swivels. The swivels will enable the minnow to swim in 360deg circles driving the crappie crazy!
Step#3 Get some 1/4oz egg or as they are commonly called “bass sinkers”.
Step#4 Cut 2 pieces of fire line approximately 10″ long, tie a crappie hook on one end of each line.
Step#5 Repeat Step 4, but cut 2 pieces 12″ long.
Step#6 Open the bail on your fishing reel, make sure you have your fire line going through the eyelets, now pull enough line out so you can work freely while your assembling your crappie live bait rig. Pickup one of the 3 way swivels and tie it to your line that is coming from your fishing reel.
Step#7 You now need to tie one of the 10″ crappie hook leaders to the open eyelet that is 90degrees from the top eyelet of the three way swivel you just tied in step 6. If you do this correctly, there should be one open eyelet left, and it should be located directly below the eyelet tied to the line coming out of your fishing reel.
Step#8 Tie one of the 12″ pieces of fire line to the open eyelet of the first 3 way swivel. Then tie the other end to your second three way swivel. Make sure after you tie both ends that you have approximately 6″ between the bottom eyelet of the first three way swivel and the top of the second 3 way swivel.
Step#9 You now need to tie one of the 10″ crappie hook leaders to the open eyelet that is 90degrees from the top eyelet of the three way swivel you just tied in step 8. If you do this correctly, there should be one open eyelet left, and it should be located directly below the top eyelet of three way swivel you just tied.
Step#10 Tie one of the 12″ pieces of fire line to the open eyelet of the second 3 way swivel. Then tie the other end to your 1/4oz bass sinker. Make sure after you tie both ends that you have approximately 6″ between the bottom eyelet of the second three way swivel and the 1/4oz. bass sinker.
Step#11 Now to complete your crappie live bait rig, hook a crappie fishing minnow in front or the back of the dorsal fin on both hooks. By hooking the minnow this way it should make the minnow swim freely, as if he were wounded.
Here’s Your rarely used crappie jigging technique.
Kill one of your crappie minnows and hook it in the left or right gill. Drop your line and start jigging the minnow. This will make your minnow appear to be wounded as it flutters down in the water.
Well folks that concludes this article I hope this will help you when you are using crappie live bait.
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