Spider rigging for crappie is a technique that helps you find the fish by fishing with several rods at one time. This technique is typically done with six to eight poles, which explains why it is called spider rigging. With that many fishing rods sticking out from the side of the boat, it kind of looks like a giant spider. Spider rigging for crappie can be done with as few as two fishing rods or as many as sixteen.
If you watch the video embedded above, you’ll get a really good overview of how to set up a spider rig for crappie. However, since not everyone can watch video online, I’ll recap it for you. The spider rigging shown in the video consists of eight rods. Four are mounted on the left side of the boat and four on the right. They are mounted on T-shaped Driftmaster250 spider rigging rod holders.
Rods Used for Spider Rigging for Crappie
The rods being used in the spider rigging for crappie video are Wally Marshall Tightline Special rods, Wally Marshall Crappie Thunder rods, B&M Trolling rods, and B&M Crappie Wizard rods. The two front rods on each side are 12′ long, and the two rear rods on both sides are 10′ long. He uses a Pinnacle tiny deadbolt reel with hi-visibility fishing line.
Each pole is rigged with a deep-water rig that consists of a sinker on the bottom with three hooks above the sinker that are rigged with shiners. The ends of the poles should all be between six and twelve inches above the surface of the water. This prevents the wave action from messing with the poles to much and also makes it easy to tell when you have a bite because the pole with a fish on will look different than the others.
When setting up your spider rigging, you will need to space the rods closer together if you are fishing alone so that you will be able to get to them when you need to. In shallow water, spacing the rods close together is not a problem. However, if you are fishing in deep water, they will need to be placed further apart in order to avoid tangling the lines.
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