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Which side are you on? Confusion about gasoline continues to swirl. Both sides cannot be telling the truth. We know ethanol is better than when it first came out but consumers haven’t forgotten having to pay dearly for the...

Sizzling Summer Shallow-Water Crappies Up North

By Darl Black In my home state of Pennsylvania, so many anglers flock to area lakes seeking crappies in the spring that on pleasant weather weekends it is usually impossible to find a parking place at any boat ramp! However,...

Crappie NOW How To July

Club Tournaments…A Fun, Learning Experience

by Tim Huffman A great place to learn, have fun and connect with local fishermen is club tournaments. A relatively new club that has been very successful is the Central Alabama Crappie Club. A trip on Lake Jordan with the...

Crappie Basics #141: Crankbaits & Planer Boards

Planer Boards are proven successful for crappie crankbaiters. Offshore Tackle’s Nick Deshano says pulling planers has to be done right but it’s easy to learn. The reason for planers is to get baits out away from the boat where...

Picking Apart Cover with Weedless Jigheads

By Josh Gowan Fishing for crappie has as many tactical approaches as any other game fish, including bass, and anglers are only limited by their own effort and capabilities. Although most “old school” fishermen began by utilizing a single pole...

Q&A  What knot do you use?

Charlie Hildreth, IN, tournament fisherman. “Standard fisherman’s knot, run through and twist it eight times. Run through and through again. It’s good for 90-percent of my knots.”   Steve Coleman, TN, guide and tournament fisherman. “I use a Trilene knot. It’s...

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Get On Board…The “Planer” Way to Catch More Crappie

Story & photos by John N. Felsher For decades, walleye and striped bass enthusiasts successfully employed planer boards to fish multiple baits at varied depths simultaneously in deep lakes. A few walleye anglers began competing in crappie tournaments, bringing their...

BnM Poles How To with David Jones

Crappie Basics #142: Learn Your Electronics

The most basic graph for a serious crappie fisherman is a sonar and GPS. Even the basic models are very good. More serious fishermen willing to spend $700 or more will have the best units with many scanning and...

American Crappie Trail

June 23-24. Rain and winds of 20 mph gusting to 35 made a tough first day of fishing at Sardis Lake Mississippi at the American Crappie Trail Super Clean two-day tournament. Tropical storm Cindy dropped three inches of rain,...

Beckman & Lewis Take Ultimate One-Pole Challenge

Truman Lake, June 16 & 17   Crappie Masters One-Pole Ultimate Challenge proved to be a tough challenge with many of the teams struggling to catch a limit of seven fish. The artificial bait only tournament is thought by many fishermen...

Nuke Them Fishy Fillets, Mediterranean-Style

Mediterranean countries are typically characterized by a high consumption of vegetables, olive oil and a moderate amount of protein. It’s thought to be a very healthy diet. I’ve known people who take a dose of olive oil like taking a...

Tournament Results July 2017

AMERICAN CRAPPIE TRAIL MAY 19th - 20th KENTUCKY LAKE 1. R. Capps/S. Coleman 21.52 2. T.Hughes/B. Gillon 19.86 3. R. McCord/G. McCord 19.26 4. T. Blackley/J. Vancleave 18.87 5. M. Williams/T. Jones 18.81 BIG FISH 1. R. Capps/S. Coleman 2.23 2. P. Turner/E. Turner 2.23 CRAPPIE ANGLERS OF TEXAS MAY 20th SAM RAYBERN LAKE DIVISION 1 1. Paul Obier/George Nelson 10.52 2. Todd...