Fall is a time for renewal for fish and fishermen. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy a day on the lake catching crappie.

Read like a Magazine (Page Flipping)

Download as a PDF (Printable)

Scan or click QR Tag to download magazine to your device.

Opening Cast

Another summer has passed and fall is upon us. The tree colors are changing and so are the temperatures. These changes cause the crappie’s appetites to spike. Food is on their minds to prepare for the coming winter temperatures. This is an exciting time of the year to fish for ...
Read More

Advanced Seasonal Structure: Rocks & Boulders

Story & photos by Tim Huffman Many fishermen are comfortable dropping a bait into stained or dingy waters full of snags, stumps and logs. The same fisherman may be uncomfortable fishing clear water with lots of rocks and boulders. There are challenges but the hard cover can produce quality crappie ...
Read More

NORTHERN TACTICS FOR FALL CRAPPIE

By Vic Attardo Crappie fishing is always about where you’re at and where they’re at. They, being the fish. The factum is just as appropriate when it comes to fishing for fall crappie in northern latitudes. Considerations break down, first, according to the size and depth of the water; next, ...
Read More

Vertical Jigging Tactics

Story & photos by Brian Cope In the early days of crappie fishing tournaments, and crappie fishing in general, spider rigging wasn’t a factor. The use of multiple rods pushing and pulling jigs became popular once tournaments became a major player in the crappie fishing world, and it’s stuck around ...
Read More

Crappie NOW How To Power Trolling Pole

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9gike_42kk ...
Read More

Alpers & Haynes Crappie Masters National Champs

By Tim Huffman Paul Alpers and Phillip Haynes, the blend of old blood and new, teamed up for an impressive win September 22-23 on Lakes Washington, Chicot, Ferguson, Whittington, Lee and Paradise. There were 125 teams facing hot weather, heating water, falling water and heavy fishing pressure to battle for ...
Read More

Crappie Basics 147: Choosing a Long Pole

There are many poles available so choosing can be a confusing choice. Make the wrong one and you end up with a pole that you aren’t happy using. Expert advice is important. “The biggest question most customers have is knowing which pole to choose when there are so many available ...
Read More

Smithville Lake & St. Joseph…the Pony Express Town

Story & photos by Tim Huffman The Lake. Northwest Missouri is full of fun, adventure, fishing and history. It’s a great place to take the family and do some fishing, too. Smithville is 40 minutes from St. Joseph and 45 minutes from Kansas City Smithville Lake is relatively new compared ...
Read More

Tip of the Month: Night Fishing Tips & Equipment

Equipment Needed for Starlight Crappie? By John Phillips "The biggest problem with fishing for crappie during the hot summer months is keeping your minnows alive and lively," Sharman had mentioned to me before we fished for crappie. "Because the water is so hot, an aerator is a must." I like ...
Read More

BnM How To Tie Knots with Clay Blair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjSyaxbnqns ...
Read More

Crappie Basics 148: Long Lining- How Much Line?

Nick Deshano, Offshore Tackle, says if you don’t have a line counter there are a couple of ways to know how much line you have out. You can measure from your reel. Measure two feet from your reel and put a piece of tape. Now you can pull 2, 4, ...
Read More

Vern’s Cooking & Tidbits

Huevos Rancheros 2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 onion, chopped 1/2 cup chopped canned green chiles 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons chili powder 4 garlic cloves, sliced thin Salt and pepper 4 ounces pepper Jack cheese, shredded (1 cup) ...
Read More

Tournament Results October 2017

HOI CRAPPIE CLUB SEPTEMBER 9th 1. Dan/Brent 2. Kristen/Chad 3. Aaron/Lee BIG FISH 1. Aaron/Lee INDIANA SLAB MASTERS SEPTEMBER 9th BROOKVILLE 1. Doug Allen/Larry Yates 6.25 2. Jason Collins/Jason Sayers 6.25 3. Bret Cunningham/Mike Spieker 6.01 4. Doug Sikora/Mike Bledsoe 5.44 5. Jim Raymer/Rob Raymer 5.37 BIG FISH 1. Doug ...
Read More

Crappie Calendar October 2017

OCT 1st GRAND LAKES CRAPPIE SERIES GRAND LAKES CLASSIC OCT 7th CRAPPIE NUTZ BLACKSHEAR OPEN OCT 7th KANSAS CRAPPIE CLUB MELVERN LAKE CLUB OCT 7th MAGNOLIA GRENADA LAKE CLUB OCT 7th - 8th HOI CRAPPIE CLUB DAWSON LAKE CLASSIC OCT 8th CHATTANOOGA CHESTER FROST PARK CLUB OCT 8th EAST TEXAS ...
Read More

Feature Products

Stubby Steve’s Attractant stubbysteve.com Fishermen work hard to avoid unwanted scents on their jigs including gas, sunscreen, bologna and other unnatural smells. Just as odd scents repel crappie, good smells attract. The name “Stubby Steve” has become a difference-maker for many successful fishermen. It masks offensive odors while providing it’s ...
Read More