Opening Cast Sept 2020

Opening Cast – Sept 2020


Welcome to September everyone!  Wow, we are 9 months into 2020.  It sure has been a year with many major challenges. However, crappie fishing has been on fire and with the season changes, expect improved fishing for everyone.

September is a time for weather changes with the transition from deep, hot summer to moderating temperatures and cool fronts creating barometric pressure changes.  These changes tell wildlife and crappie that it is time to fatten up for the upcoming winter.

We are very blessed this year with plentiful shad populations in most lakes, one of the major food sources for crappie.  With all the new electronic capabilities such as Garmin Livescope and Perspective, we can now see how the fish relate to the food source.  We have found that many do relate to structure but even more roam with the schools of shad.  Many times, very large crappie relate to the food primarily.

If you don’t have the financial ability to afford these electronics to chase individual crappie, I would recommend pulling baits especially in September.  My favorite way is to pull OffShore Tackle Boards with their #1 Tadpoles.  My method includes the following equipment:

  1. BnM Silver Cat Rods –
  2. ABU Garcia Counter Reels –
  3. Gamma Fishing 10 pound hi-vis main line with 8-pound clear leaders –
  4. OffShore Tackle OR-12Ls and Rs (4 each left and right) Buy at Frank’s Great Outdoors
  5. OffShore Tackle #1 Tadpoles – Buy at Frank’s Great Outdoors or
  6. OffShore Tackle reversible minis – Fish USA or
  7. Thundermist Three-ways (30 Pound) and 00, 01 clips –
  8. Roadrunners with Bobby Garland Strollers – and/or
  9. Crankbaits – Bandits, Phantoms, Flickershads – multiple sources including Bass Pro shops
  10. Driftmaster Rod Holders –

I like to pull the baits just above the depth where the fish are suspended near the bait.  My speed is normally 1.0 to 1.2 MPH with this setup.

Of course, there are many other ways to catch crappie in September but I wanted to share one which has been very productive for me.  The cool thing about this method, is anyone can do it with any boat.  Many use pontoon boats, bass boats, kayaks, canoes, etc.

If you have any questions, reach out to me on Facebook at the Crappie Dan page and I will get back to you.

Finally, please be safe in your travels.  Sue and I are survivors of COVID and are fully recovered. It affects individuals in many different ways and levels of intensity. We thank many of you who reached out to us on our Facebook posts and want everyone to know we believe we are 100 percent back to health.

God Bless and Good Fishing!

Dan Dannenmueller, Publisher

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