I am a crappie fisherman from southwestern Illinois creating my own line of hand-tied calftail and bucktail hair jigs. Just a little history concerning these products. "Knockers" as I have come to affectionately call them come from a very common design of hair jigs. I came across them 30 years ago and found them to be so productive that I decided to start making my own. After a lot of field testing, I came up with what I feel is one of the best jigs on the market. I feel that "knockers" are different from other jigs by being made of the perfect weight, hair texture, hair length and color combinations. Each jig is hand-tied and unique in its own way.
I normally use a fishing technique that's called "vertical jigging" although these jigs will be very productive when using spin casting methods also. I have used them in many fishing locations and under many different conditions and "knockers" have never failed to produce in quality and quantity.
I have primarily used Crappie Knocker jigs in search of crappie and bluegill, but found them to also be effective on an assortment of other fish including blue gill, catfish, carp, redear, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, yellow bass, a bullfrog and 2 snakes! I have also been told they also work on trout, Northern Pike, Walleye and many other species. Because of the success of catching so many varieties of fish, I decided to add these jigs to my line of hand-tied hair jigs - Bass Knockers, Bass Dazzlers, Bream Knockers and Bream Knockers w/Sparkle Tails, Ultra Minnow Knockers, the J-Knocker, the Sassie Sammie, the Walleye Chaser and our newest jig- the "Pro-Casta-NATER".
After fishing with our calftail jigs for a number of years, my wife and I realized that they didn’t have a name. We were tired of simply referring to them as those “hair” jigs, so we decided to try and find a name for them. After kicking around several ideas, we decided on the name “Crappie Knockers”.
This was the result of how I described the bite when a crappie attacks the lure. It is a very distinctive “Knock”, tap, or jerk on your line. When I would get a bite, many times I would tell my wife, “He almost knocked the rod out of my hand”. We both got to where we would say “I sure wish one of those ‘Knockers’ would come and knock this rod out of my hand”. We realized that we used the word “Knock” and “Knockers” so much that we decided to call our calftail jigs... “Crappie Knockers”. That's the story of how the "Crappie Knocker" was born...
I am certain that after you use these lures for a very short time, you will be able to distinguish a crappie bite from other bites. It just seems that so often a crappie bite is just one hard “Knock” straight down. You will also find that blue gill, or bream, also have a very distinctive action once they are hooked, and many times we catch as many, if not more, huge blue gill as we do crappie.