I don’t know about you, but when I think of crappie fishing during June, I picture a laid-back, leisurely affair that feels about as lazy and slow as a Mississippi summer.
The way Brad Chappell fishes for crappie during June is something entirely different.
Rather than drowning shiners, drinking Cokes, and eating sandwiches all day, Chappell ramps it up by taking his baits right to the fish, shoving them in their faces, and daring them to bite.
He loves to long-line troll crankbaits and soft plastics during the summer, which means he is constantly on the move.
“I like to fish fast,” he said. “The slowest speed you’ll find me fishing during the summer months is 0.08 miles per hour, and I’ll sometimes go up to 2 miles per hour because I’m looking for fish that want to bite rather than sitting back and trying to make them bite.”
Chappell generally pulls his baits around 1.2 to 1.7 miles per hour, which he admits is a pretty good clip.
“I’ve got a couple reasons for that,” he said. “First, moving fast allows me to cover a bunch of water and pinpoint areas with actively feeding fish. Second, when these fish bite, I’m going so fast that all I have to do is pick up the pole and start reeling. There is very little hook set involved because my boat is moving so fast.”