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Fast Facts About Crappie Fishing


Fast Facts About Crappie FishingDo you enjoy fishing in the spring and early summer? If so, crappie fishing can be an incredibly rewarding endeavor! This is spawning season for crappies, so they will be active and easier to catch during this period. And as an added bonus, crappie season usually offers some of the best fishing weather of the year throughout many parts of the country. Here are a few other fun facts about crappie fishing that might help you on your next expedition.

Crappie Fishing at Dawn and Dusk

If you’re going crappie fishing, you shouldn’t plan to go at high noon. Crappies feed at dawn and at dusk for the most part, so you aren’t going to get many bites from them during the day. Instead, you should plan to be out on the water when the sun is rising or setting. This will increase your chances of landing a good catch. There is nothing better than waking up early and getting out out of the house to fish. 

Crappies Hide in the Water

Crappies are found in large bodies of freshwater, and they prefer to spend most of their time living underneath rocks, weeds, and other underwater brush. This means it might take a little bit of effort on your part to find crappies and entice them to come out of hiding so that you can catch them. The best places to find crappie are large ponds or in the shallow parts of lakes where they can hide under the mud and rocks. 

Crappies are one of the best-tasting types of freshwater fish.

Crappies are known for having white flesh that is both light and flaky, and similar to the taste of bass. Many anglers find that the flavor is even better than bass, though. If you’re able to catch them, crappie will make for a great meal when you get home. 

Gear up for your next crappie fishing excursion with Slater's Jigs. We have the best tools for your next fishing trip. Browse our extensive selection of poles, reels and jigs online, or give us a call today to learn more.

Unique Advantages of Artificial Lures


Fishing LuresWhile both live bait and artificial lures have unique advantages that make them worthwhile options for anglers, there are some big benefits that come along with using lures. For starters, you won’t have to worry about refrigerating them or keeping them in a live well with circulating water like you’ll have to do with live bait. But the benefits don’t end there. Here are several other advantages of using artificial lures over live bait.

Catch Larger Fish with Lures

In general, you will typically catch larger fish when you use artificial lures. Live bait tends to attract all fish, regardless of size, which can be problematic if you’re fishing in a place that has a lot of fish. You’re more likely to catch undersized fish with bait. Fish are usually a bit more selective when it comes to lures, though, so you may find that you bring in larger fish that commit themselves to trying to eat your lure. 

If it's a particular time of season for larger fish, you're best bet is to use our artificial lures to have a big catch! 

Safely Catch Fish with Lures

When a fish clamps down on a lure, it will just about always end up with a hook through its mouth, jaw or lips. If you are catching and releasing fish, this will make it significantly easier for you to hook a fish and then get it back into the water. It will be safer for both you and the fish when you opt to use artificial lures, and the best part of all is that you won’t have to worry about putting more live bait on your line every time you catch a fish.

You may struggle sometimes with releasing the fish from the hook, whether you're catching and releasing or catching for keeps. Having an artificial lure will allow you to have an easy catch and release. 

Satisfying Fishing Experience

Fishing with a lure can be a little bit more challenging at times than fishing with live bait, but that means you’ll get a certain sense of satisfaction when you use a lure to bring in a fish. You will be proud of the fact that you used the right lure to bring the fish in, and you may even find that you enjoy yourself more when using a lure than you do when using live bait.

Trying to find the right lure for your next fishing excursion? Browse our selection of jigs online, or contact Slater's Jigs at 800-748-8711!

Improve Your Casting Technique With these Essential Tips


Improve Your Casting Technique With these Essential TipsIf you want to get better at basketball, you need to spend a lot of time working on your dribbling and your jump shot. If you want to get better at baseball, you need to spend a lot of time catching and throwing the ball. And if you want to get better at fishing, perfecting your casting technique is the best way to do it. It’s not all that hard to make improvements, either, if you’re willing to work at it. Here are a few tips for getting your casting technique where it needs to be.

Be mindful of your grip

The way that you hold your rod and reel when you cast is very important. If your grip is off, your cast will be too. When you grip your pole, hold it with your casting hand placed where the rod and reel meet. Then, place your index finger on the front of your reel and wrap the rest of your fingers behind it. This will help keep everything steady when you cast.

Make sure your line is set up properly

Once you've got your grip down, it’s time to take a look at your line to get it ready for your cast. When casting, you should leave about a foot of line between your lure and the tip of your rod. You also want to put the roller located on your reel bail right below where your index finger is located. When you grab the line with your index finger, it should be pulled tight before you open up your reel and release it. This will get you all ready to cast your line out.

Look around before you cast

You’re almost ready to cast your line. But before you do, look behind you and see if there’s anything that could snag your bait or lure. Bushes, trees and other people are the most common culprits. If there’s nothing behind you that might impede your cast, point your rod in the direction that you want to cast. swing the rod behind you and bring it right back forward, all in one smooth motion. Stop holding the line with your index finger at that point to release your lure, and your cast is complete.

If you aren’t happy with the results of your cast, you can reel in your line and try again. You can also try tweaking the equipment you use in order to make your cast feel more comfortable. Slater’s Jigs offers a wide range of handmade fishing jigs and lures that are perfect for practicing your casting technique. Check out what we have in stock or call us at 800-748-8711 today to place an order.

How to Find the Best Fishing Holes in Your Area


How to Find the Best Fishing Holes in Your AreaFinding a good fishing hole is one of the most important parts of going fishing. You can be the best fisherman in the world and have all the best gear at your disposal, but if you’re fishing in the wrong spot, there’s a good chance that you’re not going to be able to catch anything. Therefore, you should spend some time learning about the best fishing destinations in your area, regardless of whether you’re a first-time fisherman or a seasoned veteran. Check out a few of our tips for finding the best fishing holes near you.

Scour the internet for clues.

Once upon a time, fishermen had to put in long days trying out different fishing spots to find the best ones. These days, you can usually pull up a list of them simply by spending five minutes online. If that doesn’t work, you can also check with your local Chamber of Commerce or get in touch with your local fishing guide association to see if you can score information on great fishing holes.

Ask other local fishermen about where they like to go.

When you start preparing for a fishing trip, you’re probably going to end up in a bait and tackle shop. This will give you a great opportunity to chat up other fishermen and find out where they like to fish. You should steer clear of coming right out and asking them for the best places to fish, since some fishermen might not be comfortable giving you that info. But if you are friendly and show interest in their knowledge and experience, they will typically open up to you and tell you more about where you should be fishing.

Always be respectful when you receive a helpful tip from a fellow fisherman.

In the event that you do find out about a great fishing hole from a fellow fisherman, you should show them the proper courtesy and avoid spreading the word to everyone you know. Nothing ruins a fishing hole quite like a crowd, so if you’re fortunate enough to find out about a great spot to fish, do your best to keep it a secret. It will help you to find out about other great fishing holes in the future.

Have you found the perfect fishing hole in your area? Make the most of it by ordering the right equipment for your next fishing trip. Slater’s Jigs offers jigs, jig heads, trolling jigs, poles, reels and more. Order online or call us at 800-748-8711 today to learn more.

Tips for Getting Kids Interested in Fishing


There’s nothing quite like the feeling of fishing with your family. It’s the ultimate bonding opportunity. You get to search for the freshest local catches, and who doesn’t love the chance to spend a beautiful day outdoors?

Then again, fishing first-timers can sometimes be harder to convince, especially if they are young kids unfamiliar with how fun and enjoyable the activity can be. That’s why we’ve put together a few easy suggestions to help you introduce your kids to the sport of fishing. Once they understand what fishing is all about, they’ll be begging for more.

Location Is Key

When thinking of where to fish with your kids for the first time, it’s wise to ask yourself the following questions: a) how far is the walk, b) how rough is the terrain, and c) how scenic is the area. All three are factors that will help preserve your child’s energy and excitement leading up to the outing. Fishing from shore, for example, tends to be easier for families with young children due to the fact there are more diversions available, such as tossing pebbles into the water and playing in the dirt. Another important strategy is to pick a shallow area where your children will be able to see fish. This way, they can get excited at the prospect of snagging a fish on their line.

Hook, Line and Sinker

There are plenty of easy-to-use tackles and poles designed specifically for children. Before embarking on any fishing excursion, consider investing in kid-friendly tools that will appeal to your child and make fishing fun. Fishing shouldn’t be a struggle, and taking the time to find the right supplies is essential.

Insider tip: A number of short rods come adorned with animated characters and bright colors. Both will help get kids excited about their new fishing gear!

Check the Weather

Nobody likes fishing in bad weather, so this tip appeals to your common sense. Check your local weather reports regularly to ensure you and your family don’t go fishing on especially hot, cold or rainy days. After all, it can be hard to shake a bad first impression!

Consider Tenkara Rods

They’re nothing fancy, but the simple design of tenkara rods can be ideal for young anglers to fly fish. Another good option might be spinning rods, which have a closed reel design that is similarly easy to operate.

Have Fun!

Let’s not forget the most essential rule of all. Your kids ultimately just want to have fun while spending the day with you. Get them excited to fish by watching fishing-related animated flicks or reading a popular book. Even better, bring fish-themed snacks (e.g. Goldfish!) and don’t be afraid to get creative and encourage their imagination to run wild. 


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