Catch individual crappie larger than the others near a piece of cover by precise placement of your lure and slight to no movement around the fish just enough to irritate them into biting your jig.
It's a process to get crappie to react to your bait. Usually, your first cast by a piece of cover yields nice crappie as do subsequent casts and retrieves. Before they catch on to you fishing them! Then the crappie wises up to you.
Now, your precise placement and presentation to coax a fish to bite become important. Now you’re fishing!
Sometimes color, profile, or size can make a difference.
More likely it's how much the jig does NOT move.
Most anglers want to move the lure too much, don’t. Try to restrain yourself. Patience, relax, and enjoy the scenery.
Line size: some depend on straight braid some swear by 4-pound fluorocarbon, while others say 8-pound monofilament is all you need.
What is certain, putting the jig right on the fish, hold it as still as possible, sitting it just above the fish and the line choice becomes irrelevant.
Your electronics will show you the fish are there, but if you can't master keeping your distance, holding your boat still so you can work a jig right over the fish, you will struggle to catch big crappie consistently.
Adjust your distance by practicing different ranges then focusing on how far away you need to be from the fish to present your lure. Try to keep the boat in position the whole time, keeping as still as possible.
Dropping the jig down through and past them spooks the crappie. Just drop your jigs down and then reel up to just above where you think the fish are to prevent them from getting spooked. Using equipment to see how the fish respond helps! But if you catch fish you’ll know just the same.
If you keep your jig just above them and work a jig fast as long as you’re above the fish & over cover like a brush pile sometimes the crappie will blast off a pile of brush and nail it.
Other times let your jig sit above a fish, when the crappie starts to show interest take the jig away slowly enticing them to react faster.
Staying above the crappie might yield bigger crappie catches.
Practice Practice Practice
Start experimenting with different colors and profiles/sizes. If they are not biting one try something different. Change the color from White to Green Pumpkin or change profiles streamlined or bulkier. But keep an array in your tackle box at all times!
Of course, if you use equipment that allows you to see how the fish are reacting you can make better choices. Otherwise, make those decisions based on what you’re catching or not catching.
Try ¼ oz. trout eye with a small profile like a Yum Pulse or a bulkier profile like a Finesse TRD. Or even a Trout Trick or Scented Jerk Shad.
First, sit back off a piece of cover and casting to it, letting the bait pendulum down through them and then pulsing and slow reeling to keep it up. Usually will pick off the more aggressive fish.
Then as the fish get leery, slide in closer keeping the jig in their range & slowly let it down on their nose. Slightly pulse by popping the slack lightly and let it float so it will show some movement but stay pretty still in front of them.
Eventually, just holding the jig perfectly still will get a fish to come up inspect and bite.
Get their attention and let the bait do the work.
Go catch a ton of crappie!