Crappie Soft Plastics You Have To Try

February 21, 2017

As the temperature slowly warms up, crappie schools move to deeper water. Vertical presentations are ideal for pulling suspended slabs from their cool-water feeding zones and when the schools of baitfish become impossible to net, the savvy angler breaks out their squishy arsenal. Soft plastics can be tipped with meat (grubs, minnow heads, worms, etc.) or fished as-is, relying on color, size and presentation to trigger strikes. Some soft plastics can be effective when cast and retrieved slowly, while the most effective presentations are typically straight down from the rod tip or under a float. Below, we have four of our best soft plastics FishUSA customers should make room for in their tackle bags - if they aren’t there already.


Strike King Mr. Crappie Shadpoles

These soft baits imitate shad fry and can double as a tadpole imitation. They are best fished plain with no added bait, offering a realistic wiggle and darting action. Strike King Mr. Crappie Shadpoles are two inches in length, come in 18 colors, with 15 baits per pack, and are made in the USA.


Berkley Gulp! Alive! Minnows

This is another soft plastic best fished as-is. Berkley Gulp! Alive! Minnows are one of the most effective soft baits on the market because they mimic the look and movement of many minnow species. Offered in six colors, these slimy little baits hooked to a small tube jig head can be set under a float, cast or vertically jigged, triggering violent strikes. The jarred baits come floating in their own "Magic Gravy," keeping them flexible and tasty. There are approximately two dozen baits per jar.


Southern Pro Hot Grubs

These additions to the FishUSA lineup are versatile in that they work very well jigged vertically with or without added bait, but really shine on the cast-retrieve-pause-retrieve method. The classic swimming action of the Southern Pro Hot Grubs, along with an incredible selection of over 20 colors, makes this a must-add lure. These are made in the USA and come eight in a pack.


Charlie Brewer's Crappie Slider Grubs

Another soft bait made in the USA, the Charlie Brewer's Crappie Slider Grubs, are one inch in length and have a slower dive through the water column due to the wide vibratail, giving the baits a predator-attracting flutter when retrieved or on the free-fall. Twenty-one color options means there’s a color for every crappie in the lake. Eighteen baits per pack provides ample supply for epic bites.

Some of these soft baits imitate Mother Nature’s food sources, while others rival them. “Match the hatch” with similar colors to your region’s baitfish or choose bright, eye-catching colors to put fish in the frying pan. FishUSA offers a great selection of panfish lures and bait to target crappie.

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Berkley Gulp! Alive! Minnows
Berkley Gulp! Alive! Minnows
6 Colors available
Berkley Gulp! Alive! Minnows provide more attractant and better action than other minnows on the market. They feature a realistic profile and split tail to entice and trigger strikes from panfish and trout. These minnows are packaged in Berkley's "Magic Gravy" that enables you to recharge your baits by putting them back into the jar. With a natural presentation in action, scent, and taste, the Gulp! Alive! Minnows easily replace the real thing for increased durability and longer lasting results....
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Charlie Brewer's Crappie Slider Grubs
Charlie Brewer's Crappie Slider Grubs
21 Colors available
Charlie Brewer's Crappie Slider Grubs are proven to catch crappie, panfish, bass, and more. These grubs feature soft, colorful bodies and an enticing slow falling, vibratail action, irresistible to fish. Charlie Brewer's Crappie Slider Grubs are great for casting, trolling, or vertical jigging.
Southern Pro Hot Grubs
Southern Pro Hot Grubs
20 Colors available
Southern Pro Hot Grubs feature classic ribbed grub body with a curly tail that produces great fish-enticing action. These soft plastic baits are extremely effective when used with jigheads (sold separately). Southern Pro Hot Grubs come in a variety of color combinations making them deadly on crappie, panfish, bass and more. Southern Pro Hot Grubs are 2" in length and come 8 baits per package. Southern Pro Hot Grubs are made in the U.S.A.
Strike King Mr. Crappie ShadPoles
Strike King Mr. Crappie ShadPoles
23 Colors available
Strike King Mr. Crappie ShadPoles are great softbaits that are designed with the darting action of a threadfin shad and a wiggling tail like a tadpole. These baits are are made with the highest quality materials and systems control to make sure every lure is to your satisfaction. When you use the Strike King Mr. Crappie ShadPoles while fishing for crappie, get ready for a feeding frenzy!