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"In the last 100 years, a lot of things have changed.  Computers, the Internet, Television and the list goes on.  But human instincts are the same now as they were a thousand years ago.  Our instincts create our power to succeed or fail, and these same instincts are true when we crappie fish."

   Crappie are just like us, they have inherited instincts
and they never change.  They still swim around in schools, eating the same as their ancestors did years ago.  So some things just do not change.  Knowing just a few of these basic instincts that drive crappies habits will give you a huge advantage over other fishermen.

Fishing Habits
   Crappies are not bottom feeders, and they are not top feeders either. They are more like middle feeders.  Crappies are predators, and their instinct is to school and hunt in packs.  They school where there is cover and structure.  Their instinct to hide in cove allows them to hide from their prey and strike without being seen.  This method also allows them to hide from larger predators.

   You have to remember that crappie are not stupid.  If they can see you, they know the meal you have waiting for them will cost them your life.  Try to be as invisible as possible when you are fishing.  If crappie see enough of the brothers and sisters getting pulled of the water by your big red lure, they will eventually figure out it is not something they want eat.  Don't be afraid to switch baits if the crappie bite begins to slow.

Weather Conditions
   Barometric pressure is not exactly a crappie instinct, but it does affect crappie and it is a good indicator when deciding what and how to present your bait.
   Barometric tells you how heavy the air is over your location.  The lower the reading, the heavier the air.  Two things cause heavy air: Moisture and temperature.  So, the colder (and more moist) the air is, the more it weighs.
   Crappie have to deal with the weight of the air on the top of the weight of the water.  Heavy weight makes him move slower and also him more sluggish.
   Keep track of the barometric pressure and where you find the crappie, and how you catch them.  You'll notice how things change depending on the barometric pressure.

   You can make adjustments depending on the conditions.  Fish will move slower when its cold and so should your presentation. 
   You can also make adjustments when they're moving faster.  The nice thing about live bait is that it's self-adjusting.

   Well Folks, I hope the information on crappie instincts will help you catch your limit!  GOOD LUCK & GOOD FISHING!

Received an e-mail from a retired Chemist, regarding on what causes "heavy air":  Moist air is lighter than dry air. Dry air is 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen, and one % other gases. Rounding to 80% N2 and 20% O2 gives:
N2 mol.wt. 28
O2 mol.wt. 32
so the close average mol.wt. is about 28.8.

Water has a mol.wt of 18, so adding water vapor to air reduces the average mol.wt.

"...Humidity and air density
Most people who haven't studied physics or chemistry find it hard to believe that humid air is lighter, or less dense, than dry air. How can the air become lighter if we add water vapor to it?
Scientists have known this for a long time. The first was Isaac Newton, who stated that humid air is less dense than dry air in 1717 in his book, Optics. But, other scientists didn't generally understand this until later in that century...."

Mark Fleagle, Author:   A well respected fishing specialist with 30+ years of fishing experience,who has published many fishing articles.  Mark has been a online presence for fishing resources for going on 4 years.   My site:   Get your free copy of "78 Fishing Discoveries Unleashed".

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