The Crappie Minnow school: How To Make Live minnow Setups

Published: 15th April 2009
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Crappie Minnow Setups



Crappie are a very curious species of fish and they love to attack schools of minnows to satisfy their amazing live bait appetite. The following minnow rig is designed to imitate a small school of minnows that is intended for a hungry crappie in waiting. This small group of minnows simulates a minnow school and will get any hungry crappie's attention.



You must get a good rod and reel combo the reel being a small spin cast Variety that accepts 4 to 6lb dia. Test line. The rod needs to be over 8ft long preferably 10ft plus. I personally use a fly rod with a small spin cast reel set up with 10lb test fire line. The fire line is a braided line that has the strength of 10lb test but only the dia. of 4lb test line.



Steps To Success How to Simulate A Small School Of "Crappie Minnows"



Step#1 You will need to purchase some 3 way swivels, They work great for crappie fishing. Make sure you get the smallest you can find



Step#2 Go to bass pro shop or other tackle shops that sell loose beads and spinner blades that rotate 360 degrees. Make sure you purchase the smallest you can find. These spinners make simulate a small bait fish an make excellent crappie minnow baits



Step#3 You will need to find some bass or egg sinkers that are 1/4oz. You can find them at any department store fishing tackle area or any local bait shop.



Step#4 You will need to purchase some 10lb fire line and load your spin cast reel. The best prices I have found are at bass pro shop.



Step#5 Get yourself 3 no. 1,1/0,2/0 Aberdeen gold crappie hooks and tie them to 3 pieces of fire line cut to 16" lengths using a Palomar knot. The length you want to end up at is 12 inches, so you need to trim the end opposite the hook.



Step#6 Cut (3) 8" inch pieces of fire line, do not tie anything on them at this time. These pieces will be used for spacing between each 3 way swivel, and leader.



Step#7 Release enough fire line out of your rod and reel combo and run it through the eyelets on your rod. Make sure you have enough line extending past the eyelets to work comfortably when you are tying on your crappie fishing rig tackle.



Step#8 Tie on your first 3 way swivel so the eyelet is 90degrees from the top eyelet is on the left hand side.



Step#9 Round up (2) of the beads and (1) of the spinner blades from step five, and slide one bead up the 12" inch leader and then slide on a spinner blade spinner blade. Next slide a second bead up the 12" leader behind the spinner blade. Now tie the end opposite the Aberdeen gold crappie hook. And tie it to the 90deg eyelet that is on the left hand side.



Step#10 Tie one end of the 8" pieces of fire line you cut in step 6 to the bottom eyelet of the first 3 way swivel, then tie the other end of the line two your second 3 way swivel. Make sure the open eyelet that is 90degrees from the top on the second 3 way swivel is located on the right hand side. After your tying is done, you want to end up with approximately 6" of space between the first and second eyelet.



Step#11 Round up (2) of the beads and (1) of the spinner blades from step five, and slide one bead up the 12" inch leader and then slide on a spinner blade spinner blade. Next slide a second bead up the 12" leader behind the spinner blade. Now tie the end opposite the Aberdeen gold crappie hook. And tie it to the 90deg eyelet that is on the right hand side.



Step#12 Now pick up one of your 8" connecting pieces of fire line and tie one end to last remaining open eyelet of the second three way swivel , then tie the other end to the top eyelet of the third three way swivel, but make sure the open eyelet 90degs from the top is on the right hand side before you tie. When you have completed the tying process you should have approximately 6 inches between the two eyelets.



Step#13 Pick up the last 12" leader you made in step 5 and slide one bead up the line. Next slide one of the spinner blades up the line behind the first bead. Next, Slide another bead up the line behind the spinner blade. Now, tie the end of the leader without the hook to the free eyelet on the third 3 way swivel that is on the right side 90degrees from the top.



Step#14 Tie one end of the 8" pieces of fire line you cut in step 6 to the bottom eyelet of the third 3 way swivel, then tie the other end of the line too your 1/4oz egg or bass sinker. After your tying is done, you want to end up with approximately 6" of space between the third 3 way swivel and the sinker.



Great Job! You have now finished your first live bait crappie fishing rig!



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