Win on Points
If the fish aren't yet suspended, Smith jigs vertically over brushpiles in 10 to 12 feet of water, focusing on cover at or near the top of a break, which he says holds the largest numbers of good fish. He keeps working over brush until he hits a crappie. "They school this time of year, so if you find one, you've likely found a bunch more." Smith's jig of choice is a 1⁄8-ounce pink jighead tipped with a Southern Pro tube; he varies the color to see what works best that day. If wind or current make it tough to keep tubes over the sweet spot, he'll step up to a 3⁄16-ounce jighead. When he gets a bite, Smith simply lifts the fish out of the water and into the boat. By not taking in line with the reel, he ensures the bait falls to the same depth on the next drop—right back into the hungry school.