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6 Lipless Crankbait Tips | Late Winter and Prespawn Bass

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A relative lack of structure characterizes many bass fisheries, so locating fish requires finding areas of subtle depth change and cover like isolated grass. Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson demonstrates how to find these sneaky spots on Florida’s Lake Toho through the use of side/down imaging, 2D sonar, and waypoints. He then details his lipless crankbait strategy for covering water and contacting active fish.

FISHING TACKLE
• Jackall TN Lipless Crankbaits:
• G. Loomis IMX Pro Crankbait Casting Rods, 7’6″ Med Hvy 906 CBR:
• Shimano Metanium MGL 150 B casting reel,7.1:1:
• Seaguar InvizX Fluorocarbon, 17lb:

According to Gussy, ripping grass with a lipless crankbait is an excellent late winter and prespawn technique. The bait mimics shad while giving off abundant flash and vibration. Gussy explains why he prefers a yo-yo over a straight retrieve, as well as his preferred rod and line for handling this power fishing application.

EQUIPMENT USED
• Humminbird HELIX 10 CHIRP MEGA SI+ GPS G4N:
• Humminbird SOLIX 10 CHIRP MEGA SI+ G3:
• Lund 2075 Pro-V Bass Boat:
• Mercury 250hp Pro XS FourStroke:
• T-H Marine ATLAS Jack Plate, 10”:
• Minn Kota Talon, 12ft:
• Minn Kota Talon Jackplate Adapter Bracket:
• Minn KotaTalon Tilt Brackets:
• Minn Kota Talon Wireless Foot Pedal:
• Minn Kota Precision On-Board Charger, MK 460PC:
• Minn Kota ULTREX, 112lb 36v:

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One of the very best period of times to fish for crappie is during the spawning season, which generally the start of spring. Nevertheless, spring can bring rainfalls, which can interrupt the normal pattern of crappie. This may also affect the method you fish, however not to stress, as fishing after heavy rain is still possible!

Read on as I talk about how heavy rainfall affects crappie behavior and how you can still go crappie fishing after heavy rain.

Crappie Fishing During Heavy Rain

Did you just experience heavy rainfall and planned to go crappie fishing that day? Don't worry, there's still a possibility you'll get a catch, depending on how the fish were affected.

Unfortunately, chances are slim when catching crappie at this time. Why? Here are the changes that happen after the heavy rains:

The water temperature will drop significantly, remaining low until you see some sunshine Rain strips up stronger currents, which have the water turn murky, making crappie less visible Covers like fallen trees and brush piles may be destroyed from heavier rains and strong currents With that said, there is some good news to crappie fishing after rainfall. When thunderstorms occur, rains would wash small insects to the water, which can attract crappie back to shallow waters. That's why anglers also like to search for post-storm crappies, attracting schools of them!

This mostly sounds like bad news, doesn't it? It doesn't have to completely be! There are still ways to get around the issues mentioned above. Since crappie is sensitive to changes in the water, you'll simply need to adjust your fishing methods.

Here are ways you can fish for crappie after heavy rainfall

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