Back on April 23 my friend Jeff and I ventured a little ways off Cape to a pond in southeastern Massachusetts in search of black crappies. For some reason black crappies never made it to the Cape in big numbers.
On this day we were fishing from Jeff's little Jon Boat. Fishing from a Jon Boat with a trolling motor can be a highly effective way to freshwater fish on Cape Cod and throughout Massachusetts.
The only issue was that the wind was blowing about 25 knots! We used the trolling motor and a small anchor to slow down our drift, but we still got pushed around pretty good by the breeze.
Black Crappies 101
Black crappies have a beautifully spotted pattern along their sides. They are a cool-looking fish with a mouth similar to a bass. Black crappies bite well but don't fight as hard as other species like smallmouth bass.
As far as freshwater table fare is concerned, black crappies (along with yellow perch) are at the top of my menu. Both species of fish have nice white fillets which are perfect for frying.
How To Catch Black Crappies
Black crappies feed on minnows, crustaceans, insects and many other different types of small creatures and fish. Fishing with live shiners and small panfish style jigs can work very well.
During this trip, Jeff and I opted to cast jigs. As you'll see in the video below, the 1/8 ounce Eagle Claw tin ball head jigs with 2 inch soft plastic tails can be an exciting way to fool crappies.
I was pretty amazed at this footage when I watched it for the first time. Please click play below to see what I mean!👇
How To Find Black
On this day, the crappies were hanging out in schools in specific areas of the pond. For example, Jeff and I would often catch several crappies back-to-back in one spot, and then nothing in another.