For professional crappie anglers, it’s all about a bag of seven quality fish, the bigger the better. Needless to say, crappie pros have dialed in lots of ways to dial in honest-to-goodness slabs.
In this video shot by fellow NAF contributor Jeff Samsel on Fort Gibson Lake, Oklahoma, tournament crappie pro Kevin Rogers shares a couple valuable tactics for targeting the largest crappies in any body of water.
For starters, Rogers sizes up jig heads and soft plastics to match the size of the forage that large crappies eat, opting for 3/16-ounce Bobby Garland Mo’ Glo heads (and longer, bulkier baits like the Slab Dockt’R, which also makes an excellent dock shooting bait. Another top pick—which we’ve fished to incredible success ourselves—to the point of keeping our hands entirely out of minnow buckets during two recent fall crappie outings, is the Slab Slay’R, which Rogers uses as a go-to pre-spawn bait.
Rogers also share a simple trick we’ve never seen before but are excited to try. Now why didn’t we think of that?
Consider these tips a fast-track to more crappie tournament-quality fish!