Fishing for Panfish
Panfishing Tips – Crappie fishing
Crappies are one of the best-tasting fish I have ever eaten; I like them better than most other fish. The meat is pure white and firm and full of good mellow flavor. Crappies are panfish, similar to bluegill and sunfish. Most people started fishing for them as young men; many local fishermen called crappie ‘ calico bass ‘. Luckily for us, fishermen are considered panfishes and are not restricted in most areas, like another bass is regarding fishing laws. Here in Florida, we can catch 25 crappies in most locations.
Crappies are full of energy, and despite their small size, they can make a regular fishing rod bend to the breaking point and cause a reel to drag to become very active; the energy and taste are two reasons why crappies are such great fish to catch and are so popular to catch.
Fishing for panfish like crappies comes in two types or varieties, there are black crappies which are in Florida, Georgia, or California, and white crappies. Crappies live throughout the U.S in many ponds, lakes, and streams; if other panfish or even bass can thrive in the water, then crappie can also. Crappie looks similar in size and shape to other Florida panfish, except they are a lot more silver-colored, have black spots, and have upturned noses. They are very nice-looking fish, and the silver or shiny color shimmers in the sunlight.
Crappies can be caught year-round. In the spring and fall, they move near the shore areas, and in the summer, they move out in more profound and cooler water. They are probably the most active in the early spring months when they move towards the shores to spawn; they become very aggressive and tend to bite and attack anything that is cast or moves near them or the nest, making it pretty easy to get a stringer full of crappies in a short time in the spring season. The nests look like hollowed-out depressions or dishes in the mud or gravel on the bottoms of the ponds and lakes. If you stroll around the edges of the water, you can see these nests and often know the crappie in and near them. Once you spot one of the nests, casting your bait near it will usually produce a quick strike.
The best time to catch crappies is during daylight, with the early morning after sunrise and the late afternoon towards early evening hours being the best times. Crappies love minnows with a passion, and when it comes to live-baits there is no better choice than a small minnow. If you can’t get live minnows, use jigs or any lure that looks as realistic as possible to a live minnow. But when you use an artificial minnow, make sure you keep the lure pretty active, so it simulates a live minnow as much as possible; if the fake minnow sits still, crappie has been known to look and then pass by; they seem to prefer live minnows and bait instead of dead ones. Crappies have an abnormally soft mouth, so be aware that if you jerk your rod too hard to set the hook, you can rip it right out of the crappies mouth, resulting in losing the fish.
Going Fishing for Panfish Crappie fishing!
Crappie fishing is famous for many reasons. People of all ages and sizes can do crappie fishing. Fish like carp and bass can put up too much of a fight for children or more miniature adults. Also, the equipment required to fish bass and carp costs more than that needed to catch crappie. Crappie fishing can be done with a simple, light pole. Nothing significant, fancy, or expensive is required. Crappie can also be found in Florida’s rivers, streams, and lakes. Crappie can also be caught in any season over most of the state, though in some areas, they can be harder to catch in certain seasons.
There are black crappie and white crappie, and you might want to alter your crappie fishing efforts depending on which type you want to catch. Fishing for panfish, while they taste the same, some differences might help you see them more accessible. Black crappies are different than white crappies because they have seven or eight dorsal fins with random spotting patterns. White crappies always have six dorsal fins, and their spotting patterns are arranged in vertical flows. The black crappie is often found in more open, slower-moving waters such as large lakes and vast, slow rivers. The white crappies prefer warmer water and do not care as much if the water is clear or moving.
Fishing for crappie can be fun for anyone and is an excellent way for a father to bond with a son. Since crappie fishing is relatively easy, it is not hard to have fun during a day of crappie fishing since you will not go home frustrated. Crappie fish is a great way to get started fishing because the equipment is not expensive at all.