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August 2014 Photo Contest

1st Place This Month!Braeden GunterMalcolm, ALTombigbee River15" - 2 lbs   Honorable MentionElle Laverne Watson ClarkLake Thurmond, SC Honorable MentionKenny Smith - Couple over 16”Pymatuning lake Honorable MentionDennis Crabtree - 16 inchesSouthern Ohio Honorable MentionDerrick Palk - 16”...

Tournament Results

June 14 CrappieUSA Miss/Salomon, IN Semi Pro Division1. Robert Raymer/Kevin Wells 4.212. Ron Bilbrey/Don Mandrell 4.213. Dallas Thomas/Greg Caldwell/Michael FergusonAmateur Division1. Dave Bowser/Mike Morrison 5.792. Tom Dubensky/Dave Willoughby 5.033. Michael Eviston/Douglas Clay 4.194. J.W. Jackson/Ed Waliski 4.14Big Fish1. Claywell...

Crappie Calendar

(Fishermen, check with club/association for exact dates, changes, cancellations and rules.) Sept 6 Coosa River Neely Henry clubSept 13 IN Slab Masters Morse Reservoir clubSept 13 E. MO Mark Twain 3-man buddySept 14 E. MO Mark Twain fish offSept...

Crappie Calendar

(Fishermen, check with club/association for exact dates, changes, cancellations and rules.) Aug 2 E. MO Mark Twain jack & jill benefitAug 9 Crappie Masters Mark Twain, MO qualifierAug 22 Middle Tenn. Normandy clubAug 23 Shoals Area-AL Wilson clubAug 23...

Crappie Calendar

(Fishermen, check with club/association for exact dates, changes, cancellations and rules.) Nov 8 Coosa River- AL Neely Henry clubNov 20 Middle Tenn TBA drawDec 6 Middle Tenn Tim's Ford clubOct 10 Memphis TN Grenada Lake National Qualifier     ...

Crappie Calendar

(Fishermen, check with club/association for exact dates, changes, cancellations and rules.) Oct 4 E. Buckeye, OH Piedmont Lake clubOct 4 Coosa River-AL Weiss Lake clubOct 10-11 Crappie Masters Grenada MS qualifierOct 11 Slab Masters-GA Oconee classicOct 11-12 Crappie Bucks-TX...

Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame Inducts Darrell Van Vactor

Darrell Van Vactor has spent 30 years in crappie fishing tournament promotions. He started with Crappiethon USA in 1985 as a tournament director. In 1994 he accepted a management position with Crappiethon where he continued for two years. In...

Vern’s Cooking & Tidbits: Hot Peppered Pickled Crappie

For the last several issues I've featured crappies with hot peppers. I was going to ease up on your taste buds... yes, but I have this unique recipe that spoke to me saying "cool crappie in the summertime –...

Crappie Basics #83: River Channel Eddies

Two things stands out when interviewing crappie fishermen about river fishing. Water fluctuations causes daily, and hourly, changes in the fishing conditions. Current is the primary reason but rains can quickly change it too. Changes are usually faster in...

Sound Off with a HydroWave

by John Neporadny Jr. Hydrowave installation should be a position where it is easy for you to use the unit. This one provides control without having to leave the fishing seat. I have written some articles on how sounds...

Thermal Refuge

By Jeff Samsel Crappie seek respite from the heat when summer hits hard. That provides an advantage to crappie anglers because it makes the fish's behavior more predictable. A good reservoir strategy is to travel up a creek or...

ICAST Award Winners

The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, known as ICAST, was held July 15-18 at the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Florida. More than 11,000 sportfishing industry members and 1,000 media outlets gathered to see the latest innovations in...

Q&A What’s a good August fishing tip?

John Shannon- Missouri. On lakes with shallow flats they move in on the cover. Summer when it is hot there is more oxygen. I like jig fishing with hair and marabou. These jigs flow more and have better action....

Tip of the month – Catching Fish in Tough ConditioIncsing

By David Townsend In August the fish are often on flats off the creek channels. At a recent tournament on Truman Lake, the water was muddy with current. We worked hard to get away from the current. We fished...