It may be considered more of a spring and fall deal, but slow trolling crappie baits has a solid summertime application. Ask Tennessee pro Doug Cherry about this tactic, also known as “spider rigging,” and he’ll point to the fluctuating weather conditions of summer storms as a guaranteed crappie scattering force.
For covering water to find these displaced fish, Cherry suggests slow trolling with the maximum number of rods allowed on your local lake. To maximize the appeal, he likes a double rig that gives the fish twice the targets.
Cherry’s double rig is comprised of various combinations of Strike King Slab Hammer Tubes and Jokers on No. 2 hooks or light jig heads tipped with live minnows. Cherry uses a 3-way rig with the main line tied to the center ring and leaders sprouting from the top and bottom rings. The top leader stretches about 6 inches from the swivel; the bottom runs 16.
“You always want a hook on the top leader or else the jig will (continuously) sink and tangle the other line,” Cherry said.
Cherry further promotes separation with a 3/8-ounce egg sinker on his bottom leader, about a foot ahead of the 1/8-ounce jig. This yields a total weight of ½-ounce on that bottom leader, but keeps the right bait presentation size for crappie. Wrapping his sinker four times on the leader keeps the weight in place during the motion of deployment.