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Using plastics for panfish


Iceman12

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I was reading in a post a while back about using plastics for panfish and had some questions about. When you use plastics for panfish do you most of the time put it under a float or bobber? Is this to keep your presentation vertical? Do you cast it out slowly retrieving it? Thanks for the help.

[Note from Rick: Here is the link to that post: http://fishingminnesota.com/ubb/Forum50/HTML/000334.html ]

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Iceman..

Yes to most of your answers.i retrieve with a pop.pause,reel a little,pause,pop,reel a little.I vary the retrieve and let the fish tell me what they prefer.I also use the smallest slip bobber i can find.I always see people using these behemouth bobbers and i wonder if they ever catch anything...Just kidding.
In the springtime i go small everything.

I hope this helps...?

CM

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Try using a 1/32 oz jig and a small safety pin spinner. Throw out and count down to say 4 or 5 and start retrieving slow...pause... retrieve usually a crappie or gill will hit it on the pause drop. Don't try this method until the water temps are above say 50-55. That's when panfish are more apt to chase a spinner and plastic.
Bruce

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I use the float to keep everything going back to the same depth once fish are found. At this time of year you can find the fish being very "depth specific". Also, I tend to fish my bait higher up than the larger fish appear to be in the water column....if I mark or catch a big fish at eight feet, I'll fish them at six or seven. The smaller fish are still targeting activity above that point. If there is a tangle down where the fish are, they will have to come up to hit and are less likely to go back and get wrapped up in the wood.

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Yeah..
Don't be afraid to change the color of your plastics often.Sometimes it's just the ticket.Any plastics that immitate either minnows or insects are what i throw at them.

Hope this helps..

CM

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The bobber/float also allows you to "swim" the jig a distance from the boat/shore. You can cast out 20 yards and swim/work the jig back at a certain depth (like CrappieTom mentioned) and you can keep it in the strike zone constantly.

I also like to throw in a few pulls as I retrieve the bobber-rigged plastic, that causes the jig to glide through the water on a slow fall, drives those crappies crazy!

Plastics are a very versatile tool to have, and can be fished in many different situations and for many different species. A day on the water chasing crappies without plastics is like a day on the water without a rod wink.gif

Good Fishin,
Matt Johnson

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Thanks for the replies. Any other tips from you guys for fishing panfish with plastics? CM and Crappie Tom, I have been reading your stuff all spring and I find it very informational. Thanks for all your insight.

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

We are also catching plenty of nice sunfish on plastics only. While you can't see it very well, the female bluegill pictured below came on a Junebug/Chartreuse Culprit Paddletail and 1/32 oz chartruese jighead.

Caught 04/22/04
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PS. I was using a CrappieTom Signature Series Panfish Rod - 6' UL (St Croix Avid blank). If you talk to him real nice he might make one of these HIGHLY functionally pieces of art for you.

The answer is Yes, it does make a differance over what I was using.

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