Check out the latest on ice fishing, crappie tournaments, jig colors, tips and more in the February issue of CrappieNow Magazine.

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Opening Cast

February is an exciting time for crappie fishermen and women. All the shows, new products in stores, and seminars on how to fish different and innovative techniques abound. Recently, I flew to Wisconsin to attend the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) annual conference. Noteworthy speakers from all walks defined and ...
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How to Choose the “BEST” Color for Crappie Jigs

Story & photos by Darl Black Ask a few anglers around the country to name their “favorite” crappie-catching color in a jig and you’ll probably end up with almost as many different responses as the number of fishermen questioned. Likely their answers are based on memorable catches with a certain ...
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Crappie NOW How To Pre Spawn Florida

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Crappie Basics 131: Minnows vs. Jigs

Josh Gowan, former crappie guide and owner of King Crappie and Prefish Gear, has plenty of fishing and tournament experience. He says, “I’m going with minnows most of the time. I’ll be using minnows when slow trolling and a single jig when one-poling. The older I get the more I ...
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The Future of Crappie Tournaments: Part 3…Fishing Formats & Wrapped Boat Teams

Story & photos by Tim Huffman Part 3 continues with discussions of formats and a look at wrapped boats. Our series experts include Darrell Van Vactor, General Manager of Crappie USA; Mike Vallentine, President and Owner of Crappie Masters; and Matt Morgan, Co-Owner of the American Crappie Trail. The series ...
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Crappie Rise Late On Late Ice

Story & photos by Vic Attardo Because it was minus two when I awoke one February morning, I decided not to go ice fishing as planned. Minus two, I reasoned, might damage my truck’s engine block and my block as well, so I made a cup of tea, read the ...
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BnM How To Pole Selection

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Crappie Basics #132: Elephants Eat Peanuts

Not everyone will use an example of elephants in the same paragraph as crappie, but TTI-Blakemore’s Marketing guru TJ Stallings, always has a way with words. He also has experience on the water and enjoys fishing the Alabama River near his home. “Elephants like peanuts so it’s no surprise that ...
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Crappie Fishing…Lifesaver for Veteran Joe Bragg

by Brent Frazee When Joe Bragg calls crappie fishing a lifesaver, he isn’t exaggerating. After returning from two tours of duty in Iraq with the Army several years ago, his life hit rock bottom. His wife left him, he lost his house, he couldn’t find a job and the effects ...
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Vern’s Cooking & Tidbits: Boiled Crappie Snacks

Boils and bakes are traditionally associated with coastal regions of the United States. Scandinavian immigrants get credit for bringing the fish boil to the Midwest (far from saltwater coastal areas and shellfish). They prepared locally caught for a quick and economical way to feed large groups of people. The fish ...
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Crappie Calendar and Tournament Results

FEBRUARY 3rd - 4th CRAPPIE MASTERS LAKE TALQUIN CLUB FEBRUARY 4th BAYOU STATE CANEY LAKE MAJOR EVENT FEBRUARY 4th CAROLINA-CCA NORMAN LAKE CLUB FEBRUARY 4th - 5th KANSAS CRAPPIE CLUB MELVERN LAKE QUALIFIER FEBRUARY 10th - 11th CHATTANOOGA CHESTER FROST PARK CLUB FEBRUARY 11th CENTRAL ALABAMA LAKE MARTIN/WIND CREEK CLUB ...
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Tip of the Month: Single vs. Double Minnow Rigs

Single Minnow Rig Versus Double Minnow Rig with Darrell Baker “I prefer to fish a single-minnow rig when I'm slow trolling on river ledges in the fall and winter months,” Darrell Baker says. “I like a single-hook minnow rig, because I don’t get hung-up as much as I do when ...
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C.A.S.T. …Catch a Special Thrill

CAST for Kids is an organization geared to expose children, who may not otherwise get the opportunity, to the sport of fishing and the enjoyment of the outdoors. They strive to increase the awareness of all participants, parents, sportsmen, and volunteers, to the capabilities of children with disabilities, in effect ...
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Weiss Lake Crappie Rodeo

The Weiss Lake Improvement Association will be holding its Annual Crappie Rodeo (Tagged Fish) Tournament Feb 15 - April 30, 2017. Over $100,000 in cash prizes. Our local high school anglers are helping WLIA with fish habitat in Weiss Lake ...
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