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Fall Crappies: Triple Your Catch with the “Five Percent Solution”

The Five Percent Solution

Adjust your crappie jigs and you'll hook every fish

One of the things that never surprises me is how the tiniest fishing details often yield the biggest results.  Casual anglers generally think it is the other way around—that it’s always something big that turns the tables—but you know what, I’ve rarely found it to be the case.

Take the last few weeks of fall crappie fishing as a good case in point.  The bite has been heating up big time, as it usually does at this time of the year, and I’ve been catching bunches of nice slabs on small 1/8-ounce tri-coloured jigs dressed, with chenille bodies and hackle tails.

I rarely—make that almost never—use live minnows for crappies, finding it much more fun to target the fish with artificial lures like spoons, crankbaits, bladebaits and jigs. And those three-tone jigs have been doing a bang up job lately.

But, they need one ever-so-slight and important modification.

You need to turn out the hook point about five-degrees. With bigger hooks you might need a pair of pliers, but with standard wire crappie hooks you can easily bend out the gap using your fingers.

Regardless of the method you use, however, go slowly and don’t bend out the hook too much. When you do, and then tighten it up at bit, it severely weakens the wire. So, go slowly, and stop when you reach the five-percent solution.

It is the subject of the following short On The Water Online video that I shot last week and that you can watch by simply clicking on the following link. Enjoy!

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi. Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit and listen live online.

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