One last trick that works in the winter is using a slip bobber and incorporating the float ‘n’ fly technique with a small jig. Put on a bobber stop, a tiny bead to keep the bobber from getting stuck on the stopper, and then slide on a slip bobber before tying on your jig.
You set the stopper to how deep you want the jig to stay. You can then work the jig slowly at depth without having to move the jig much. You can also still tight line the jig with the bobber by pulling it along and then stopping and let the jig swing back under the bobber. As you pull or reel it in the bobber will go out behind the bobber and then when you stop it will swing back under it.
It’s very effective one bluff banks for me. If I know the crappie are say suspended at 15 feet. I set my stopper to 15 foot and then cast it out and work it slowly back to the boat through a school stopping as much as I want to let it hover in front of them.
With all of these jigs I pretty much stick with a 7 foot medium light Lew’s or Jenko Fishing rod with a 2000 spinning reel and 4 pound monofilament line. Most of the bites I get tightlining I see the line jump so I often use hi-viz line. I will often see the bobber come up and lay on its side when fishing crappie in the winter. Using a bobber that lays on its side when when it doesn’t have a jig pulling it down helps.
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