Spring brings fishermen into shallow-water jungles to target crappie as the peak of their spawn approaches and arrives. When the show is over, it’s back to targeting other species such as, bass, catfish or copperhead bream.
The line of Sargasso weed beside the rip looked really inviting, but there hadn’t been any action for the first 20 minutes. That changed quickly when two neon yellow and green streaks burst out from a small break in the grass and into the middle of the spread of trolled baits.
On any given late spring or summer evening, on lakes throughout the Carolinas, the “midnight shift” of crappie fishermen head for the water. They arrive as the sun starts sinking, and by dusk, they’re rigged and ready with powerful, submersible lights, plenty of bait and multiple crappie rigs to attract and catch crappies.
Shade, shelter and feeding opportunities; it’s no wonder bass don’t want to leave their docks. You pluck a few from the perimeters with moving baits and maybe flip a couple off those outside posts, but consistency hinges on your ability to take it to ’em.
Like baseball and apple pie, lipless crankbaits like Rat-L-Traps are part of a fishing tradition spanning decades. Originally pigeon-holed as bass lures, the rattle and vibration that makes them irresistible to largemouths also draws attention from saltwater predators like redfish.
Summer doesn’t mean crappie fishing is finished in the Carolinas, it just means some adjustments to your tactics. Summer definitely means dolphin in the bluewater of both states.