by Ronnie Capps
The Capps & Coleman rig definitely took hold years ago and has been used in lakes all over the country. We still use the same technique we’ve used for decades now. There are ways to change the rig. For example, we use heavier weights if we want to move around a little quicker. We’ve gone as large as a 2-ounce sinker. In some situations the fish will still bite with the heavier weight. The 1/2-ounce has been our best all-around weight in 12 to 15 feet of water where we prefer to fish.
We’ve always used the extra-light wire hook. It works well with minnows. We hook the minnow through the lips.
It’s easier to fish with12-foot poles and recommend them to anyone starting out. However, most of the time I’m using 14- or 16-foot poles because they get the baits out away from the boat and we catch more fish. Each step up in length increases the difficulty of handling. For serious fishing the longer poles are good. Just for fun the shorter 12-footers are good and more fun to use.
Ronnie Capps and partner Steve Coleman have more major titles than any other crappie fishing team. Capps sponsors include BnM Poles, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Tite-Lok and others.