“They work just as good during the fall and winter too,” said Brad Taylor, part time crappie guide, past president of the Magnolia Crappie Club, and one of B’n;M’s crankbait trolling experts. “I love to fish them during the months of October and November in the oxbow lakes near my home in Greenville, Mississippi.”
“It’s a suspended fish tactic, not just a summertime tactic” was Taylor’s explanation, indicating that Mississippi Delta crappie spend much of the fall suspended, chasing migrating shad and not really relating to any specific structure. That’s the same pattern for summer fishing except during summer they’re suspending in the thermocline to avoid the heat and bottom predators. Taylor summed it up by saying that trolling cranks for crappie was still a largely undiscovered art.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, perhaps some explanation of the “art” that is trolling crankbaits is in order. For that we’ll need to climb high atop the mountain and speak with the Dali Llama of crankbaiting, who also happens to be B’n’M’s pro-staff director, Kent Driscoll.