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Small Shiners????????

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I have been told to use small shiners to catch some of the bigger crappies.I've tried it a few times but it didn't seem to make that much of a difference.I was just wondering if anyone else had tried the similar tactic???

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Tried it once and it did seem to catch me more fish. Not sure though, because I did catch plenty on fatties also.
Talked to a bait dealer and he said that he fished them next to someone else and outfished the guys he was with ten to one.

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Who would carry those small shiners. Do you have them in Washkish at the minnow shop? and if so, how much?

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hey crappie killer, nice to see you joined the board, hope your feeling better lately, heard your leaving us, sunday? how about stopping by and saying so long before you leave eh ? sandy would greatly appreciate it,uncle

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On my first trip to Red three years ago I was told to bring the biggest shiners I could get my hands on. I did. I caught my first three URL Crappies on the same big shiner. The guy at the bait store said he would hand pick me a dozen small ones I told him to just give me a scoop. Ever since i've been using big shiners and big fatheads I don't even bother with the crappie minnows.

Good Luck.

Ukes

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hmmmm... one trip I slammed a bunch of 13" on a single maggot....and got 3 on small shiners....

another night out a big ol' plain jigging spoon worked great....

and Crappie minnows did a good job too.....

So..I think....the fish are hungary...and aggressive....and if they come through...they'll eat it if they can sense it. Yes, I mean sense it...A close person to me caught many Crappies one night on a plain hook...just a hook...no bait...no glow....just a hook...

PCG

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PCG,

I know from your posts your experience on Red is limited.

Did the guy who was close to you who caught all the crappies on a plain hook also sell you some ocean front property in Wisconsin?

Ukes

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tubejig, I will have to side with you on your thoughts on this one for sure. PCG,when you say the fish are hungary, does this mean they are looking for a bite to eat, or from a republic in central Europe? I had read in an earlier post about your infinite knowledge and am wondering where it went. Maybe the next post will tell us about someone who caught fish on just a plain line with no hook at all. Are you still using your hand auger in this three feet plus ice? If so maybe all this drilling is leaving you a little light headed. grin.gif

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KellyLakeCrappieKiller...When the fish are inactive on URL I have done okay on Shiners when anything smaller would not work. This time of the year I use little white tube jigs and other small soft plastics. Those fish are really aggressive and if their moving you can catch quite a few in a short period of time. Hey if you see Stevie Q. tell him Alaskander said hello!

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So Tubejig has never caught a fish on an empty hook? Maybe he should watch for the slack in his line, when he's dropping to the bottom. I've caught fish without bait at least twice this year. And usually if it seems like nothing is biting, down size, you might just catch that shiner you can use on the big one.

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I have found that small shinners work well on Red. I believe it is due to the large eyes they have. Most jigs have a dot or an eye painted on them. Fish feed head first with minnows, so maybe the large eye triggers a feed response in Crappies. Anyways to answer the ?, Hudecs has small shinners for sale and I use them along with fatheads, and crappie minnows.

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OH BOY!!!!

Yes...I will say that my experience on Red is VERY LIMITED....I have been there twice...In the same week...I know nothing about the lake, other then it has big Crappies, and what I caught them on.
I am not saying I am special, or have a great skill for catching them out there like that...I was just stating what I caught them on, as I thought this was a place to share....

I have had great success on a plain hook...on very many lakes...and outfished many people with this silly stupid tactic...Sucks to be me...Right???? I hate it when that happens...

Infact, if the fish don't bite....I put on a plain hook and usually do pretty good.

But...anyways....

I know one thing is for sure. A Crappie is a Crappie...It has the same genetics...Once you're on them, the way they bite is similiar to similiar lakes...

Take away Red Lakes size...And look at water clarity, bottom content, and depth...A Crappie is a Crappie.

Hey guys..If ya never try anything new, you'll never know if it works...

I could ramble on forever..but it's not worth it...

Don't knock it til you tried it..That's all I have to say.

To those with open minds and are into trying new things....More power to you. :-)

Good fishing
PCG

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Oh..I forgot...

As for the hand auger....it takes alot out of me on Red...there is alot of ice...I can only get about 6 consecutive holes drilled before I start to tire...Might think about getting a power auger next year.

PCG

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On the subject of the one who was next to the other of which was using nothing more than a bare hook. To my Right was my son...Pro crappie guide........to his left was........the only one on the entire lake, in the entire state of minnesota bearing the name on his truck of the fish of which he caught 15 slabs on a measly bare hook.....his father. Thats me. And proud of it. Sorry, the guy below me..... don't believe me...... Thats good. thanks MR.
We heard the small shiner story. I use a small shiny hook, no shiner. no nothing.
Last friday evening. all you needed was a bobby pin. What an awsome bite. Me and the pro crappie guide, kept our limit of 13 inch fish. We threw back at leat 20 slabs each..
Yeah baby.

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crappie todd

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PCG &ct, I humbly bow down and say "touche", and as I sheepishly retreat may I say congrats. I have no doubts on the effectiveness of a plain hook and bait, but I did find it a little hard to "SWALLOW" the plain hook and no bait. fish on <(((><

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Hey folks,

Does West Wind sell shiners or should I get them before I get to the lake??

Also someone suggested i try the cubby mini-mite or "jig-in-a-tube" for us Viking fans in WI. I think I'll try an unbaited mini-mite this sat. if the bite is fast to keep a jig down. Also I have some in Glow, and they're heavy enough at 1/16 oz. I belive to get down fast.

Good Luck

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Jeff Phelan
Fish On LLC
fish_on_llc@hotmail.com

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West Wind does not sell the shiners. Hudec's has the shiners.

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Waskish Minnow Station
218-647-8652

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