Opening Cast

2014 has been a great year on the road. As a writer photographer, I attended outdoor writer events in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New York. Each event had excellent opportunities to fish with experts. Fishermen included touring...

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Tip of the Month: Capps & Coleman Rig

by Ronnie Capps The Capps & Coleman rig definitely took hold years ago and has been used in lakes all over the country. We still use the same technique we've used for decades now. There are ways to change...

Tournament Results

Aug 23 Crappie Masters Truman Lake National Qualifier1. David Cox-Steve Hockett 8.862. Matt Beckman-Jeff Lewis 8.673. Paul Alpers-Larry Jones 8.27 Big Fish:Clifton Wearham-Paul Caldwell 1.78Male Female:Don Brooks-Bobbie Brooks 7.63Adult Youth:Denny Hartmann-Hunter Bowling 7.76 Aug 23 Shoals Area Wilson1. Team...

Rend Lake in the Fall

By Tim Huffman Our cover photo was taken at Rend Lake, Illinois. The lake has been on the upswing in its crappie fishing for a few years. The 18,900 acre lake includes much of the timber that was...

Crappie with Rice Stuffing

When I lived in Minnesota I fished the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) and the wilderness of southwest Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park where I'd often come across patches of wild rice growing along the shorelines. It ripened in late...

Attending to Built-in Livewells

By John Neporadny Jr. A key component in your boat that is frequently overlooked and neglected is the livewell. A good livewell is critical when fishing a tournament like shown here, but is also important for recreational fishermen who...

Specialized Tactics For Transition Crappie

by Keith Sutton What's the toughest time of year to catch crappie? Survey your buddies who fish year-round and chances are good you'll find them in agreement; finding and catching America's favorite panfish is most difficult during the summer-to-fall...

Crappie Basics 87: Starting at Mid-Lake

When going to a new lake there are many things that can reduce your search time. Find out information before leaving home. Ask questions at bait shops and at the ramp. However, one area of the lake that is...

In Memoriam

Debbie Sosinski lost her six-year battle with cancer in early September at the age of 57. Our tournament fishing family lost not only a great fisher, but more importantly, a friend. Debbie was a special person who touched the...

Q&A What is one of your favorite fall tips?

Kyle Seinfeldt, Iowa, says, "Things are starting to happen. Fall feeding pattern are in place in the north. Reaction bite is taking place on crankbaits. The cranks are good because they allow more water to be covered faster. Planer...

Crappie Basics 86: Spot-Fish To Dissect Long Structures

All fishermen have approached an area and thought, "It will take a long time to fish this spot." Unless fish are super-active and spread out, you'll waste a lot of time by fishing all of the long structure like...

Give Them A Meal

Story & photos by Jeff Samsel If you have slabs in mind, don't offer a dainty snack. Serve up a meal that warrants pulling up to the table. Having had no takers on my crappie jig, I picked up...

Advanced Seasonal Structure Mid-Depth Cover for Fall

Story & photos by Tim Huffman Slow trolling is a great way to put more baits in one spot, but when wind is bouncing the boat, holding the poles in your hands reduces bait bounce and lets you feel...

Opening Cast

Wow, how time flies. This year has just been a blur including shows, seminars, tournaments, writer's camps, appearances, work and family. And soon we'll all be enjoying the fall crappie marathon and I can't wait.This year has been full...