Crappie from the Shore – The Float Retrieve
I have only been crappie fishing for a few years now in Missouri and thought I would share the different retrieving techniques using floats that I have had success with fishing from shore. There are a few different styles of retrieving your bait, each of them work very well. First one is for, the lethargic light biters, and it is to cast out and just let it sit for at least 30 seconds with no rod movement at all. After that make a few twitches and let it sit again. Watch your float very carefully for any unusual rotation or slight lateral movement. Upon movement, what is happening is they have mouthed the bait and are still suspending, set the hook with a firm and steady rise of the rod tip. Second style is a steady retrieve. There is really no guessing on this one, because your float will either submerge rapidly or dart to the left or right. Third one is a reel-stop-watch retrieve, where you make a few cranks and stop, and watch your float. Crappie will either hit the bait during the fall or at the beginning of a retrieve. Repeat all of these retrieve styles until your bait is literally at your feet. I have caught many fish right at the shoreline.
With all of the proper equipment, styles of baits and techniques, the search for evasive slab can be the most aggravating fish to find, or it can be literally like fishing In-A-Bucket where you just can’t keep them off your hook. Good Luck and wishing you all Tight-Lines!!!