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Crappie Fishing Rigs

Crappie Fishing Rigs

Crappie fishing rigs.
The Snell Rig: The Snell Rig is used to put a hook on the line. This works best when you are using a hook and bobber combination.
1. Insert one end of the leader through the hook's eye, extending it at least one to two inches past the eye of the hook.
Insert the other end of the leader through the eye in the opposite direction pointing toward the barb of the hook.
Hold the hook and leader ends between your thumb and forefinger of left han (or right hand if you are left handed). Leader will hang below the hook in a large loop.
2. Take the part of the large lower loop that is closest to the eye and wrap it over the hook shank and both ends of the leader toward the hook's barb.
3. Continue to wrap for at least seven or eight turns and hold wraps with left hand. Grip the end of the leader that is through the eyelet with your right hand (or left hand if you are left handed) and pull it slowly and steadily. Hold the turns with your left hand or the knot will unravel.
When knot is almost tight, slide it up against the eye of the hook. Grip the short end lying along the shank of the hook with a pair of pliers. Pull this end and the standing line at the same time to completely tighten the knot.
The Clinch Knot
The Clinch Knot is similar to Snell rig, and will work best for the Hook and Bobber combination.
1. Take the line, and bring it up through the eye of the hook. Give yourself plenty of room at the top to work with. Typically about 8 to 12 inches will be plenty.
2. Take the free end back, behind and then under the straight line.
3. Bring the free end back over the top to form a full loop around the line. Keep the loops fairly loose at this point, as you will tighten them later.
4. Continue looping the free end around the straight line in the same direction. Form about four to six loops. The line will look like a spiral around the straight line.
5. Once you have finished looping, take the free end of the line (at the top of your spiral) and run it back through the bottom loop closet to the eye.
6. Slowly pull out all slack in the loops. The loops should pull tight against the line.
About the Author:
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is commited to providing the best crappie fishing information possible. 
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Crappie, known scientifically as Pomoxis Rafinesque, are members of the sunfish family. Crappie are only found in freshwater. However, do not let this fool you, Crappie can be found in large lakes, ponds, rivers, and pretty much any other body of water were cover is available. Crappie actually come in two species, though most fisherman do not take the time to decipher the difference.
Crappie actually come in two species, the black Crappie and the white Crappie. While there is little difference in the way they are caught or taste, knowing the difference may help you in various future situations.
You will be able to tell the difference of the black and white crappie by noticing the color or dorsal fins. Black crappie have seven or eight dorsal fins, and irregular spotting patterns. White crappie have six dorsal fins, and their spotting patterns are usually arranged in vertical patterns.
Black Crappie flourish in cool, slow moving waters. They can typically be found in large lakes and rivers. White Crappie prefer warmer water, and are not as fussy about whether or not the water is clear or slow moving.
Daily Feeding Patterns
Crappie have very diversified diets. An adult crappie will feed on insects, microscopic crustaceans, and young fish. The young fish they feed on are also the fish that, as adults, will also feed on crappie.
Crappie tend to be much less active during the day. They keep primarily to cover such as submerged objects, wooded areas, and weed beds. At dusk and night, crappie are more active, feeding in more open, deeper waters.
Crappie is a Popular Game Fish
Crappie are often considered to be one of the most popular game fish. Perhaps this is because the nature of the crappie, which allows pretty much anyone to fish for crappie, no matter their age or disability.
Another reason Crappie are so popular is the great taste of Crappie. Crappie meat is a flaky, white mean that can be cooked a number of ways. Once a Crappie is caught and filleted, the fillets can be baked, battered, friend, or broiled. At fishing camps, a Crappie can be thrown on the fire whole, cooked, and then peeled. Once the meat is cooked, it is easy to remove the skin and bones.
The most popular way of cooking Crappie, especially in the south, is battering and frying. Pre-made fish batters are available at your local market or grocery store. If you are feeling a little creative, or are in the mood for something a little different, you may want to consider making your own batter. Even if you have never done this before, you will find it is much easier then it sounds. Many traditional batter recipes are available online or in cookbooks. Use these traditional recipes as a backbone, while adding you own flare. Feel free to experiment with different things. Who knows, you may even create a batter that will be considered a "traditional" batter in the future.
About the Author:
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is commited to providing the best crappie fishing information possible. 

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