Opening Cast

I’m writing this with many mixed feelings. I’ve lost two friends recently, both huge hitters in the outdoor world. Wade Borne was a master writer/photographer maybe best known as a regular in BASS Magazine, Ducks Unlimited, along with much...

Dock Shooting – The Myth and the Magic: Year-Round Dock Shooting for Crappie

Story & photos by Ron Presley   Scott Williams does not agree with the myth that dock shooting is only successful in the summer. He is a virtual databank of crappie fishing knowledge, developed as a serious crappie angler. His long...

Crappie NOW How To Bass Assassin White

Crappie Basics #133: Get Out of the Wind

“The month of March is all about weather change. Wind is the primary thing for the weekend fisherman. The primary thing is to get out of the wind even if you don’t catch as many fish. It needs to...

Crappie Madness

by Tim Huffman   Bass Pro Shops Crappie Madness took place all over the country with many different pros presenting seminars about catching crappie. My visit was to the BPS in Little Rock, Arkansas, where they were featuring tournament fishermen and...

The Future of Crappie Tournaments: Part 4…Clubs, Fair Play & Sportsmanship

By Tim Huffman               Part 4 continues with national circuits. This issue looks effects of local and regional clubs, cheating and fair play, and sportsmanship. Our series experts include Darrell Van Vactor, General Manager of Crappie USA; Mike Vallentine, President...

Slider Fishing

Sparkleberry Swamp & Jam

Story and photos by Vic Attardo Okay, so Whitey says to me, “When a storm starts rolling in, snakes get off the water and climb higher in the trees.” Well now, snakes don’t bother me much. I even had a timber...

Fishing Loses a Heavy Hitter…TJ Stallings

By Tim Huffman   On January 31, 2017 the fishing industry lost a friend. If you are a fisherman, whether you met him or not, TJ Stallings was your friend and influenced your fishing in some way. It may have been...

Crappie NOW How To Early Spawning

Crappie Basics #134: Fish Staging Areas

“My tip would be not to go in too shallow too quickly. The crappie will be mainly in pre-spawn with a few going in shallow. I’ll see fishermen going in to really shallow stakebeds for example but it’s too...

Deland Florida ‘Old Florida, New Vibe’

By Tim Huffman   Deland Florida is a good vacation area for crappie fishermen and their families. Volusia County is huge and includes Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Deland Florida. The St. John River and its chain of lakes provides...

Tip of the Month: Set the Hook Hard

with Darrell Baker   “When we’re fishing river ledges in the fall and winter, I tell my anglers to set the hook hard,” Baker emphasizes. “If you set the hook hard, many crappie fishermen believe that you'll tear that small membrane...

Vern’s Cooking & Tidbits: Parmesaned and Thymed Crappie Fillets

Can you speak Italian? Sure you can. Say Parmigiano-Reggiano. You’ve just named the “King of Cheeses”. Parmesan, as we call it in the USA, is a prohibited name in trading in the European Economic Area under European law. Outside the...

Crappie Q&A