I was cruising the web and found this article on crappie fishing and found it interesting. Is this legal in Nebraska? Also, I can also see it possibly working for other schooling fish such as white bass.
Once you catch the first fish stop the boat!
Know the secret tip to identify exactly where that school is located. Use the crappie you just caught and use him as a scout fish to find that school of hungry crappie:
1. Run a hook thru the back of the crappie and make sure its not to deep so you don't kill the crappie by mistake. The hook needs to be attached to about 10ft of line with a bobber on the other end of the line.
2. Let your scout fish lead you to the main crappie school. Just follow the floating bobber.
3. VERY IMPORTANT Stay far enough behind your scout fish so you cannot be seen by the schooled crappie.
4. When he gets back to his home and all his buddies in the school and probably his favorite structure area, cast your line into the area from a safe distance. (If you spook the fish you will have to start all over again in a different area.
5. Keep fishing the general area until you fish it out. If you don't have enough fish, start the trolling for crappie exercise all over again at a different spot.
6. You would be surprised how many fishermen never do step 6 and it is probably one of the most important step for future fishing trips. Mark the spot on your topographical map . If you have a GPS enter the coordinates immediately so you do not forget. Remember...you want to learn from every fishing trip.
7. If you want to get real technical, put a dot for every fish that was caught at this location. And if you want to get even more technical, record the weather conditions .
Store this tip in your crappie fishing arsenal, then the next time you go out fishing you can plan your trip using this trolling for crappie fish technique. Make sure you check with your local department of natural resources before you use a scout fish to make sure it is legal in your state.