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Identifying the Difference Between Black and White Crappie

08/24/2021

If you love to fish and enjoy eating your catches, then you know crappies are bountiful and delicious. You can find them throughout North America all year round in lakes, rivers and ponds. You might have noticed that not all crappies look the same, but do you know the differences between white and black crappies? Here are a few easy ways to identify which is which.

Physical Differences

Though they are generally similar in size and appearance, black and white crappies do have some physical differences. Black crappies are covered in dark, seemingly random patterns, whereas white crappies have stripes and are lighter in color. The white crappie is much lighter overall, especially on its back. The white crappie’s dorsal fin is also set further back on its body, and it only has five or six visible spines, whereas the black crappie has seven or eight. White crappies also have slightly longer bodies.

Habitat

Both black and white crappies can both be found in most bodies of fresh water, but they have slightly different habitat preferences. Black crappies prefer water that is clear and cool, while white crappies prefer murkier waters. Black crappies also live among more aquatic vegetation than white crappies, though white crappies do like having the cover of a tree branch or root.

If you’re preparing to fish for crappies, Slater’s Jigs has everything you need! We provide world champion crappie fishing jigs, as well as a variety of high-quality crappie fishing gear and accessories. Browse our online store today!

Unique Advantages of Artificial Lures

07/27/2021


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.

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A Beginners Guide to Jig Fishing

07/02/2021

For those who are just getting into fishing and are looking to learn different methods, jig fishing is a great option. Jig fishing is ideal for catching hard-to-reach fish that congregate towards the bottom of bodies of water. Jigs are designed to drop to the bottom of the water, and they have been shown to entice a wide variety of fish both big and small.

Jig fishing is a great fishing method to try on your next fishing vacation or camping trip. And who knows, it might help bring in the big catch you’ve always dreamed of.

What is jig fishing?

Jig fishing, or jigging, is a type of lure fishing that uses quick up and down movements that produce the look of an injured baitfish, this attracts larger game fish looking for easy prey.

The jig, which is typically a sinker and hook molded together (and covered by a soft body that has the color and appearance of a baitfish), is dropped to the bottom of the water and is slowly brought back to the surface.

What you’ll need

Jig fishing is ideal for beginners as it only requires a few pieces of equipment. You’ll simply need a tackle box with a few different jigs, a fishing pole, line and a reel.

If you’re fishing in a larger body of water, you should make sure you have a good amount of line with you, as you will be dropping the line to the bottom, and will draw more line out when a fish hooks onto the jig.

Jig fishing tips

It’s suggested to cast out and let your jig slowly sink to the bottom of the water. Once you feel the jig hit the bottom, you can begin the small up and down motions as you slowly reel in the jig. Let the jig sink back down a bit before you start the motions again. For even greater success, you can vary the rod movements side to side.

As a beginner, it’s important that you reel in slowly to keep the jig near the bottom. It’s also suggested to use a lighter jig when first starting off to attract smaller fish. From there, you can slowly work your way up for a larger catch.  

When you’re ready to give jig fishing a try, we recommend getting in touch with us here at Slater’s Jigs. Started by seven-time Crappie Fishing Champion of Mississippi, Eddie Slater, our shop has all the Crappie fishing jigs, accessories and gear you could ever need. We also carry jigs and accessories for trout fishing, bream fishing and more. View our online shop today to see all the jigs and accessories we have available. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (662) 887-3548 should you have any questions.  

 

Essential Tools to Keep In Your Tackle Box

03/18/2021

Essential Tools to Keep In Your Tackle BoxAre you in the process of putting together a tackle box for your next fishing trip? If so, there are a handful of items that you’re going to want to make sure are tucked away inside. You will obviously need to bring along things like fishing line, lures, extra hooks and bobbers so that you’re ready to start fishing as soon as you reach your destination. But there are a few other tools you should have on hand, too.

Needle Nose Pliers

Getting a hook out of a fish’s mouth can be tricky if you don’t have a pair of needle nose pliers at your disposal. Hooks can often get stuck, and it will be nearly impossible to get them out without the right tools. There are also times when you might get a hook stuck in your clothing. With a good pair of needle nose pliers, you can take hooks out of just about anything in just a few seconds.

Line Cutter

If your hook gets caught at the bottom of a lake or tangled in a tree, you might be forced to cut your line. But fishing line is designed to be tough and difficult to cut without the proper tools. There are line cutters specifically designed to cut fishing line, but you can also usually get away with using a pair of nail clippers or a pocket knife. Just make sure you have something to cut your line in your tackle box at all times in case you need it.

First Aid Kit

Any time you’re out fishing in remote areas, you should have a simple first aid kit on hand for minor emergencies. This kit should include everything from Band-Aids and waterproof medical tape to Neosporin and a pain reliever. The last thing you want to do is cut your fishing trip short because of an injury, so always keep your trusty first aid kit by your side.

How to Catch and Release Responsibly

02/20/2021

Anglers who fish for sport rather than survival often prefer to put fish back into the water because it helps to improve future generations of fish, and makes for better overall fishing conditions in America’s waterways. But in order to catch and release responsibly, there are some steps you should to give fish the best possible chance of survival once you return them to the water.

Minimize the amount of handling that you have to do with fish.

When fishing catch and release, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time with the fish out of water and in your hands. This can damage a fish’s gills and ultimately put it in a precarious situation when it is eventually released. If possible, you should keep the fish in the water when you catch it and remove the hook from its mouth with a pair of pliers or other tool to minimize your contact with its gills.

Release fish as quickly as you can.

We live in a world where many people want to catch fish and then snap photos of them for social media. This might seem like a good idea, but the longer a fish is out of water, the less chance it has to survive once you release it. You should be especially mindful of this during the warmer months, as many cool-water fish will die faster than usual when you remove them from water for even a short period of time.

Keep fish out of the live well on your boat if you plan on releasing them.

There are some anglers who will catch a fish, put it into the live well on their boat, and then release it back into the water later. Unfortunately, this practice can reduce the fish’s chances of surviving pretty dramatically. If you aren’t planning on keeping a fish, you shouldn’t even bother placing it in your live well. Release it right away to give it a better chance of survival.

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Improve Your Casting Technique With these Essential Tips

01/29/2021

Improve Your Casting Technique With these Essential Tipsif 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

12/22/2020

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.

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Easy Trout Cooking Recipes

10/14/2019

So, you’ve gone out trout fishing, and you’ve caught a couple big ones to bring home to the family this Fall. Your biggest worry is how you’ll be able to impress your family with cooking the trout for a delicious dinner. Here is an easy way to make your trout dinner taste great for the family!

Pan-Fried Cooking

After you’ve cleaned out the fish and prepared it for cooking, which should take you only a little bit of time if you’re good at cleaning, you’ll want to grab a big plate and mix bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes, lemon, and salt.

Mix mustard and lemon in a bowl and then paint it on both sides of the fish. Then, spread the bread crumb mix on the fish, so it will stick to the sauce. Pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees F. Use a large skillet and put olive oil in it. Bring the pan to a medium-high heat and cook the fish for about 6 minutes. Flip the fish on the other side and brown it for 2 minutes.

Transfer the fish to the warm pre-heated oven and remove the oil and grease from the pan. Mix in butter and some remaining lemon juice. Take the fish out of the oven and serve on a plate, while drizzling the butter and lemon juice sauce on top!

Reverse Sear

Reverse searing meats like thick steak has been quite popular among chefs and cooking enthusiasts. It’s one of the best ways to cook meat for the best tasting and tender meat. This can also be applied to cooking fish like trout depending on the thickness. Usually, reverse searing is meant for thicker cut meats, but you can still apply it to trout. You’ll just have to adjust the cooking time, so you don’t overcook the fish. Check out some cooking magazines for information on reverse searing meats and maybe apply it to your fish. This is a tricky one, but it could be a great experimental project for you to try with your fish!

Slater’s Jigs

For all your fishing essentials and needs, Slater’s Jigs is the place to go. We have been serving Indianola, Mississippi with the highest quality crappie fishing gear and accessories. Contact Slater’s Jigs at 800-748-8711 today!

 


 

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