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Small curly tail grubs in the 1″ to 3″ range work well for crappie.  A simple jighead is the most common way to rig a curly tail grub for crappie, however, a drop shot rig can also be effective.  You can swim the curly tail grubs, hop them along the bottom or vertical jig with them.  Most crappie anglers will swim a jig and curly tail grub with a slow and steady retrieve.  Using the countdown method, they can cover a variety of depths to find where the active crappie are feeding.  Swimming a curly tail grub is also a very effective way to cover more water quickly in search for crappie in the shallows during the spring spawn.

Shop Some of the Best Curly Tail Grubs

Gene Larew 3.5″ Rally Grub Shop Gene Larew 3.5″ Rally Grub
Kalin’s Lunker Grubs Shop Kalin’s Lunker Grubs
Kalin’s Triple Threat Grubs Shop Kalin Triple Threat Grub
Strike King Mr. Crappie Grub Shop Strike King Mr. Crappie Grub
Twister Tail Grubs Shop Twister Tail Grubs
Zoom Fat Albert Grub Shop Zoom Fat Albert Grub

Paddle tails or spear tails are very popular baits for crappie fishing.  They look good on a jighead and a drop shot rig.  Fish them with a jigging motion or swim them slowly and you can do well with crappie.

The shad or stinger tails are a popular minnow style bait that many crappie anglers use to load their livewell with. It imitates a small minnow.  Jig it on a jighead or a drop shot rig and you will catch some crappie.

Split tails are great baits for crappie.  There are many different types of these on the market.  The split tails gives the bait some action.  Work these with a jigging motion on a jighead or drop shot rig and you’ll put some crappie in the boat.

There are a lot of manufacturers that make some awesome looking swimbaits for panfish.  These smaller swimbaits work great for crappie.  You may have to go a little heavier with the jighead to take advantage of the kicking action from their tails.  You want the bait to swim down because you will get a lot of bites as you are waiting for your bait to get down to the desired depth before retrieving.  A slow and steady swimming motion will get you a lot of bites.

Shop Some of the Best Small Swimbaits

Mr. Crappie Slabalicious Shop Strike King Mr. Crappie Slabalicious Bait
Northland Tackle Shop Northland Tackle Swimbaits

There are many different types of swimming tails that are added to a variety of soft plastic baits.  Curly tail grubs are still the top choice for swimming a grub style bait for crappie, but there are a lot of other options if you want a bait with a swimming tail action.

Tubes are one of the better soft plastic baits for targeting crappie.  They are a great action bait and they catch big fish too.  Jig them or swim them with a slow and steady retrieve and you will catch crappie.


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