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plain red hook with bobber

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this seems to be a popular presentation for red lake crappies. one question, isnt it hard to tell sometimes if your bait gets hit when the minnow is basically free swimming? there could be slack in the fishing line for example. or arent red lake crappies known for sucking on a minnow and them spitting it out like i have seen on other lakes?

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The free swimming bait is what makes this presentation work. When crappies, walleye even pike and muskie go into a negative mood they will often simply suck in a bait by opening their mouth and using the water suction to inhale the bait without moving. Often times when fish are feeding in this manner it is good to have a solid 12 inches between your split shot and your hook to allow for this trick and not to create any tension that may trigger the fish to spit the bait back out as fast as it ingulfed it.

As for light bighters or "bobber lifters" that is where your Marcum flasher comes into play. By zooming in and setting the super fine line you have good target seperation. This will allow you to gauge when you "think" the fish has ingulfed the bait and check for tension or perform a blind hookset. Many times when high pressure or cold fronts roll in this is one of the few methods that will work for putting some negative crappies on ice.

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jay is that you

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