Black Crappie Slabs Are Known As Specks, Speckled Perch, or Paper Mouth in
Florida has started reporting Specks being caught, and I
know us folks here in Memphis call them Crappie. So if you are
in Florida or considering a freshwater fishing trip there, the
crappie are called Specks or Speckled Perch.
Florida is not well known for
crappie unless you live there and you better be talking Specks or they will know you are not from
There is good crappie fishing
throughout the State. They primarily hang out off shore feeding on little fish and grass shrimp.
Troll or Drift Method
Most of the anglers after the
specks will troll or drift through deep water until they start picking them up and more than likely it will be a
pretty good school.
If you use a small wire #4 hook
with a small BB size tin weight below a float, adjust it until you hit the school.
Float and Fly Method
Another good tip to try is
the method that is coming out called Float and Fly.
This isn't a hard way to fish at
Use a 8'-10" rod with a spinning
reel spooled with maybe 10 pound line.
Attach a three way swivel, and
run maybe a 9' to 14' leader of 6 pound line to a tiny jig or hook with a grass shrimp, or small minnow.
Clip a small float on one of the
eyes on the three way swivel. So you will have your main line on one eye, a leader on another, and finally the
float on the third eye.
Give it a light toss and give
the bait a chance to sink, then remove the slack line using the reel.
Start your retrieve with a
jiggle, then let it sit for a short pause, then give it a gentle pull. Most of your strikes are going to come right
after you give it a jiggle.
The Florida Wildlife officers
say the jig should be 1/16 to 1/8 ounce either feathered or curly tail.
My choice of colors would be
white, yellow, pink, chartreuse, and of course, try tipping the jig with a minnow.
When Are Most Specks or Black Crappie Caught In
Most of the specks are caught
during the cool months, but then you do have the die hards that will chase them on into the summer in deeper water,
and night fishing.
Give this a try and let me know
how you are doing as far as filling up the
If you would like to submit
pictures from a fishing trip to the Crappie Slab Board like
BOSS Turkey from Florida did here, use the contact page and let me hear from you.
Keep the Hooks Wet!