Movement And Vibration For Crappie

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  • April 29, 2015 10:49 am
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Movement And Vibration For Crappie

 

Tournament Pros have long used bladed and rattling jigheads and for good reason. They catch fish. But why should you use them and why do they catch fish?

To understand why bladed and rattling jigheads catch fish we must first understand fish, mainly the Crappie.

As with most fish, Crappie have a line running the length of their body from the top of the gill cover to the Caudal fin (tail fin), located on both sides of the body. This line is called the Lateral Line.

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“The major unit of functionality of the lateral line is the neuromast. The neuromast is a mechanoreceptive organ which allows the sensing of mechanical changes in water. “

The Lateral Line explained; The lateral line is a system of sense organs found in aquatic vertebrates, mainly fish, used to detect movement and vibration in the surrounding water. The sensory ability is achieved via modified epithelial cells, known as hair cells, which respond to displacement caused by motion and transduce these signals into electrical impulses via excitatory synapses. Lateral lines serve an important role in schooling behavior, predation, and orientation. For example, fish can use their lateral line system to follow the vortices produced by fleeing prey. They are usually visible as faint lines running lengthwise down each side, from the vicinity of the gill covers to the base of the tail.

Now that we have a basic understanding on how fish detect movement and vibration in water, we must understand water and how sound travels through it.

Sound travels faster in liquids and non-porous solids than it does in air. It travels about 4.3 times as fast in water (1,484 m/s), as in air at 20 degrees Celsius. As the pressure of the water increases, which occurs as the water gets deeper, the distance sound travels in the deeper water will decrease. For an example, a Crappie in 68 degree water temperature will detect movement and vibration 4.3 times faster in the water than what can be heard in the air.

Just as you and I can hear and understand sounds in the air, without moving our head and eyes to look at where the sounds are coming from. Fish can do the same. They live daily detecting movement and vibrations from other species of fish and animals. From possible predators to schooling fish that may become dinner.

Fish in Murky or Muddy water learn to live more by their lateral line senses than those who live in clear water. Thus the reason bladed baits work so well in Murky or Muddy waters. Now, let’s take a look at some of the time test bladed jigheads and rattling jigheads for Crappie.

Road Runner 175

“The Road Runner© has a horse shaped head that has a spinning nickle or copper colored blade attached to it.”

One time tested bladed jighead that has created a well known name for itself is the Road Runner© by Blakemore. The Road Runner© has a horse shaped head that has a spinning nickle or copper colored blade attached to it. This style of bladed jighead allows for flash, vibration and sound. Allowing Crappie in murky or muddy water to detect movement and vibration with their lateral line without actually seeing the bait.

"Spinmore Jighead made by Nothead Tackle. Simple ball jighead design with a keeper barb and a hammered nickle blade."

“Spinmore Jighead made by Nothead Tackle. Simple ball jighead design with a keeper barb and a hammered nickle blade.”

Another tested and reliable bladed jighead is the round head style with the blade attached to it. This is another effective bladed jighead and allows Crappie in murky or muddy water to detect movement and vibration. One popular jighead of the type is the Spinmore Jighead made by Nothead Tackle.

Rockport Rattler Pink 175

“Rockport Rattler® has a rattling chamber that is imbedded into the lead of the jig head and mated alongside the hook.”

Last but not least is a newer style jighead that has made its way onto the Crappie market within the past few years. The rattling jighead. Made without a blade attached, this jighead is molded with a hollow chamber that allows for single or multiple beads to be placed in the “rattling” chamber and allow for vibration and sound. The most effective jighead of this type, on the market today is the Rockport Rattler©.

Without a doubt Crappie in murky and muddy water will key in on movement and vibrations rather than using their line of site to attack prey. The next time you are fishing in water with low viability tie on a jighead with a blade attached to the head or a rattling jighead. Chances are you will catch fish and most likely, catch more.

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