Droppin' & Poppin' Panfish

Reader Tommy Maullin, writing from Louisiana, asks if we can share a "secret" crappie lure with him for his winter fishing.


Editor In Chief Doug Stange: We share everything we know with readers. There are tips, however, that are hot and that generally still haven't caught on around the country. For one, try adding baits like Berkley Crappie Nibbles or the Nitro Gems (by Eagle Claw) to lures and hooks, for added color contrast and scent on crappie presentations. The other overlooked item is the simple addition of a tiny spinner and beads (and perhaps a Crappie Nibble) to an Aberdeen hook to enhance the effectiveness of the rig when a minnow's placed on the hook for panfish. These rigs may also be available commercially from companies like Eagle Claw and H.T. Enterprises.



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