Three ways to catch panfish.

Timmy Weavers catch of shellcracker and bluegills.

The three different ways to catch panfish Timmy Weaver used to catch these bluegills and shellcracker mix on the peace river near Ft.Meade,Fl.

Catching panfish

He caught 32 fish that day. He was fishing on the Peace river from the bank.He was using worms rigged with a float and split shot and a #4 panfish hook. Here are three different ways to catch panfish of all types.A second method to catch bluegills is using a small spinnerbait like a beetle spin.Simply cast out and retrieve slowly back. Just wait to the bump bump and set the hook. This method works on bedding fish excellently.I’ve caught large stringers of bluegill with this lure.It also works for crappie.

And don’t forget the possibility of a nice catfish or two.This happened on my fishing trip last week. If you flyfish you can catch bluegill on flyrods with a small bumble bee popper. You just might catch some bass also.Pretty nice bycatch.That does it for the 3 different methods for catching panfish.For more info on this subject try out my E-book Central Florida Fishing.

Panfish like crappie are being caught in area lakes now.Crappie are known to like the cooler months.Once the water temperature starts dropping the fish start feeding. They are caught on many different baits.Like minnows,grass shrimp,and artificials like medium size beetle spins.

The three different ways to catch panfish like these are. #1Fishing with fiberglass poles in a boat. Letting the poles drag behind the boat in poleholders. The poles are rigged with a float and a 1/4oz of split shot.It also has a gold Aberdeen hook of size 1 or 1/0 size.#2.

#2 Using small 1/8th oz jigs with size 1 or 1/0 gold Aberdeen hooks. Slow trolling with these jigs at different depths.You can see the products on www.countryboystacklebox.com/products.

#3 Last but not always least. Fishing on the bank with the same rigs and baits as the rest of tactics.

Black Crappie

Crappie fishing in January

January is a hot month for crappie fishing in Central Florida.

Crappie fishing in central florida can be it’s best during the month of January.Most of the lakes in central Florida have a population of crappie but some are better than others.You have to do your homework to find out which lakes are producing.

Most people just drift across the lake searching for the depth that the fish are in(depth finder helps).I always carry a marker bouy in my boat to mark the spot where I get a bite. Just throw over the bouy so I can line up my next drift.

As far as the fishing gear goes it can’t get much simpler.I use the fiberglass crappie poles rigged with a float at what ever depth needed. You’ll need enough splitshot to hold the bait to the depth you need.I also use a gold size 1 or a 1/0 aberdeen hook.

Most people use minnows for bait.But you can also seine freshwater shrimp out of the eel grass in most of the lakes. Freshwater shrimp look just like their counter parts in saltwater. But they make excellent baits for panfish.

Lake Kissimmee,Lake Hatchnieha,Lake Istokpogka are some of the best Central Florida has to offer.Lake Rosalie,Tiger lake,and Walk-in-the-water are also good choices. All these lakes have good public boat ramps that are free to launch at.

Crappie can be caught from the bank at places like just below the lock on Hwy 60 east of Lake Wales. Sometimes you can find some canals on Lake Hatchnieha but I would ask someone for permission before fishing. Saddle creek park has some Crappie and you can fish from the bank there also.

So when you feel like catching a few for the plate you can’t beat Crappie for the table.

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