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  This is issue #71 of CrappieNow…and they said we would never make it as a digital online magazine. To tell you the truth, being an old-timer who enjoys having a paper magazine in my hand, I wasn’t sure...

Minnows for Ice Crappie

Story & photos by Vic Attardo In recent years the emphasis in ice fishing for crappie has been on small soft-plastic baits. These highly flexible and tantalizing bits are great crappie attractors. I don’t dispute that. But sometimes when ice...

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Crappie Basics 129: River Tips

River fishing is usually based upon current. When current is slow it opens options by making more spots fishable. Points are places that can be good. A fish likes to go from 18 feet to 14 feet and 6...

The Future of Crappie Tournaments: Part 2…Formats and Divisions

By Tim Huffman             Part 2 discusses the different formats and divisions often seen in national tournaments. Our series experts include Darrell Van Vactor, General Manager of Crappie USA; Mike Vallentine, President and Owner of Crappie Masters; and Matt Morgan,...

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Enhancing Baits With Scent

By John Neporadny Jr. The bite was tough for Charles and Travis Bunting on the second morning of the 2009 Crappiemasters Mississippi State Championship but that quickly changed when Charles tried something Travis thought was crazy. “It was about 9:30 in...

President Obama Signs Outdoor REC Act into Law


Bill recognizes that the outdoor recreation industry is a significant economic driver Alexandria, VA – December 9, 2016 – In a significant step forward for the outdoor recreation industry and the sportfishing community, yesterday, President Obama signed into law the...

Tip of the Month: Small Minnow Hooks

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Crappie Basics 130: Fishing Pressure & Fronts

The 2016 Crappie Masters Championship at Grenada, Mississippi, revealed several things. At least two factors were a major influence in crappie mood and movements. Catching had been good for several weeks but shut down during the championship. First, fishing pressure...

Vern’s Cooking and Tidbits: Chicken-Fried Crappie – So What Has Chicken Got To Do With Crappie?

I was looking at a copy-cat recipe for KFC’s famous “secret” 11 herbs and spices and came across one of the ingredients call ‘Tellicherry” pepper. With Google’s help I found the following on a blog by Scott Eirinberg at...

Tournament Result – January 2017

MAGNOLIA NOVEMBER 12th LAKE WASHINGTON 1. David Thornton/Shelton Culpepper 10.68 2. Vic Finkley/Kim Gray 10.3 3. Jeff Ward/Barry Hudson 10.17 4. Brad Chappell/Steve White 9.93 5. Rick Moody//Shane Moody 9.8 BIG FISH 1. John Harrison/Brad Taylor 2.17 RIPPIN' LIPZ NOVEMBER 12th LAKE LINCOLN STATE PARK 1. Ed Freeman/Jason Watts 7.24 2. Seth Easterling/Chris 7.01 3. James Walters Jr/James Walters Sr 5.98 4. Shane Henry/Jim...

Crappie Calendar – January 2017

JANUARY 7th BAYOU STATE CANEY LAKE CLUB JANUARY 7th PEACH STATE LAKE SINCLAIR CLUB JANUARY 7th CAROLINA-CCA WATEREE LAKE CLUB JANUARY 7th - 8th KANSAS CRAPPIE CLUB PERRY LAKE QUALIFIER JANUARY 8th CHATTANOOGA CHESTER FROST PARK CLUB JANUARY 14th MAGNOLIA OKATIBBEE LAKE CLUB JANUARY 14th SLABMASTERS LAKE SINCLAIR QUALIFIER JANUARY 14th CRAPPIENUTZ LAKE BLACKSHEAR CLUB JANUARY 21st EAST TENNESSEE CHICKAMAUGA LAKE CLUB JANUARY 21st CAT TEXAS BOB SANDLIN/CYPRES SPRINGS QUALIFIER JANUARY 21st MIDDLE Tennessee TIM'S FORD CLUB JANUARY 21st WAPPAPELLO WAPPAPELLO LAKE CLUB JANUARY 27th - 28th CRAPPIE MASTERS ST JOHNS RIVER CLUB 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...

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