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Jigs, like this 1/16th ounce Northland Tackle Gypsy Jig, are perfect for catching fall crappie, even without the addition of live bait. But fight the fish gingerly, a sharp hook can easily tear free from the thin membrane of a crappie's mouth.

Jigs still catch crappies in the fall even without live bait

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Crappies, those suspending, often transient schools of sought-after affections, are ripe for angler pickings right now.

Whether you refer to the black and white dotted panfish as slabs, spots, specks, slabzillas, papermouths or Crappie Diem (seize the crappie today), the fish are undoubtedly an object of many anglers' affection.

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