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How do you cast little lures like crappie lures, I can never get them out far enough to do anything. Would adding a split-shot o

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  • How do you cast little lures like crappie lures, I can never get them out far enough to do anything. Would adding a split-shot o

    How do you cast little lures like crappie lures, I can never get them out far enough to do anything. Would adding a split-shot or two work?

  • #2
    Adding split shot would ruin the action of the jig. Use good spinning tackle. this means NO IN-LINE reels (aka button reels). You didn't mention what kind of tackle you use. The really light jigs are ment to be worked verticly not casted.

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    • #3
      Adding split shot would ruin the action of the jig. Use good spinning tackle. this means NO IN-LINE reels (aka button reels). You didn't mention what kind of tackle you use. The really light jigs are ment to be worked verticly not casted.

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      • #4
        I use a Mitchell 308 reel and 2 lb. test Abu Garcia Royal Bonnell line. With this setup I can get really long casts.

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        • #5
          Yeah, Ncarl's pretty close on. Crappie baits are "jigged" up and down.
          Mostly, those little lures are hard to cast. Maybe flip it kinda like fly casting.

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          • #6
            Light weight spinning gear is the best I know of to cast small baits. You need to match the rod to what you are casting and use as light a line as possible. But jigs are meant to be worked vertically as stated above... But you can also use a weighted bobber (round one works better) for some slow presentations.

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            • #7
              Light line really helps with casting light lures, also a light-action rod. Split shot can help depending on the lure. I’ve fished small lures such as tube jigs under a slip-bobber, which helps casting distance. You can bounce the jig under the float as you bring it in. With a little wave action, you can still-fish small jigs under a bobber and let the waves create the up and down action. Just need to have them set at the right depth.

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              • #8
                Fly fishing set ups are the answer to casting baits that do not weigh very much. Some dry flies are so light that the only way to cast them is with a fly fishing rod and reel such that the weight and the momentum of the line do the work of the cast. But ultra light spinning rigs will also cast extremely light lures very decent distances when set up properly. I like a large reel to get the biggest diameter spool as possible. Light weight line will feed off a larger diameter spool easier than a small diameter spool, therefore I often rig a Johnny Morris JM 40H reel or a JM 20H on an ultra light rod. Remember that the H denotes a high gear ratio which works good on smaller fish such as the white perch. The smaller gear ratios are intended for larger fish that display more aggressive resistance to being cranked in. The weight and size of the reel itself does not have an overall adverse effect because the reel is basically mounted at the center of gravity of the ultra light rod. Since the highly desired larger diameter of the spool will hold a whole passel of line, I use a filler line on the bottom of the spool and then use a 4 pound mono over the top of it to do the actual casting and fishing. Always pay careful attention to the wear and tear of the line because spinning reels will eventually cause permanent line twist. Badly twisted line will not cast well and is more subject to breakage.

                Now that I have casting out of the way, it has been my personal experience that Sac-a-Lait are best fished with the vertical working of a small jig. Crappie love cover such as old tree tops and and vertical jigging gets the bait down through the cover to present to them.

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                • #9
                  what they said.

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                  • #10
                    Use 4lb test and a light rod with a stiff spine.

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                    • #11
                      A spit shot works pretty well, thats what I do when I need to get just a little bit father.

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                      • #12
                        I like to use a 6’ medium rod and a light or medium-light spincast reel, due to the larger spool. Also, the size and number of eyelets on the rod make a difference, once the line gets a little bit of age to it. Line makes a huge difference as well. I typically use 4# test Trilene XL, but sometimes use a 4# test fluorocarbon...depending o the fishing conditions. I have no problems getting 40’ casts with 1/64 oz jigs and 2” curltail grubs in light wind. Good casting technique is also critical. It takes quite a bit of casting practice out on the water, but, coming from a back of the boat fisherman, that’s what it takes.

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