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 work in radio and television. He loved and wrote about crappie fishing, too. He was a giant in the industry yet very humble. He never hesitated helping communicators who were starting out. I admired him as a professional, gentleman, Christian and family man.
One of our CrappieNow own, and Roadrunner marketing guru, T.J. Stallings, passed away in late January. He was another long-time friend. T.J. had a huge impact on the crappie fishing world but his work was always behind the scene as he preferred others get the recognition. There is a dedication to him in this issue.
The positives have been many since the first of the year. For those living in the southern half of the U.S., we’ve had a remarkably warm winter. The warm weather beats the freezing cold by a long shot.
A visit to Talquin Lake, Florida, in February to cover the Crappie Masters tournament included nice weather, a relaxing (but small) cabin and a lot of action photos on the water. There were a many two-plus pound fish caught. This is an easy-to-fish lake with good numbers of crappie. If you need an early, warm destination lake you might want to plan a trip for next year in late winter or early spring.
This issue is crammed full of tips, articles and photos for your enjoyment. Hope you find something to help you catch a few more slabs this spring.
Good fishin’ & God Bless,
Tim Huffman, Editor/Sr Writer