Bobbing for Echotails

     The game fish opener is only a week away, so I am still chasing panfish on the local lakes and streams here in WI.  The cold water temps are causing the crappies and bluegills to look for structure that warms up due to sun exposure.  The crappies in particular are stacking up next to break walls and bridge pilings.  Casting to these fish can be tricky since they are stacked vertically next to the structure.  Here is a quick tip to get your lure in front of the fish longer, at the correct depth, with every cast.
     What you need to make this work is an Echotail, a slip bobber, and the stop knots and beads to rig the bobber correctly.  Why an Echotail?  This blade bait allows you to get fish attracting action while it is standing still.  Also the ability to change the location that the line connects to the lure, makes it possible to go from subtle to wild action with a quick hole change. 
Knot Stop, Bead, Bobber
  1. Attach the Stop Knot to your line.
  2. Slide the bead onto the line to keep the knot from sliding into the bobber.
  3. Work line through the bobber.
  4. Attach the line to a clip, this allows the Echotail to move more freely.
  5. Clip on your favorite Echotail (I have been using the 1/10th of an ounce).
     Now you can adjust the lure depth by moving the knot up and down your line.  This idea isn't new, it has been used for years and works well to control lure depth to target suspended crappies.  To help better explain this idea I made up a quick video.
     Tight Lines.

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