When temperatures soar into the nineties daytime fishing isn’t much fun anymore. No worries – here’s a step-by-step guide on how to catch crappie under the moon when all is calm, and cool. Or you can keep a little breeze blowing in the daytime by trolling crankbaits for slabs. Or take a road trip to Southeast Tennessee for a well-kept crappie secret and some great family fun – all in the August 2019 issue of CrappieNow.

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Opening Cast

I’m not going to lie. As the new Editor of CrappieNOW, I’m nervous. I’ve been a game warden kicked in the head by a poacher and left lying in the road in the dark of night. I’ve been on 100-mile car chases to arrest fleeing felons. I’ve been a news ...
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Crappie: We’ll Leave the Light on for You

by Brent Frazee Lights create a food chain that attract crappies In the summer when the days grow 15 hours long and at high noon you can fry an egg on the boat ramp parking lot, avid crappie angler and guide Joe Bragg gives up fishing – EXCEPT beneath the ...
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Learn 2 Fish

Learn 2 Fish With Us, Inc. is a not-for-profit company (501C3 organization) that was started in 2006 by Greg Karch, founder and certified Angler Educator and Instructor ...
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Crappie Basics #193, by Keith Sutton for Bass Pro Shops

When night-fishing for crappie some anglers use only fuel-powered lanterns like those made by Coleman. Others use only floating or submersible fishing lights. Smart anglers use both. Hanging lanterns attract insects which attract baitfish which attract crappie. This isn't an instantaneous process, of course, so give it time to work ...
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Pullin’ Crankbaits for Hot Summer Action

by Tim Huffman, Senior Writer  Sometimes a slow presentation isn’t what it takes to trigger big summer crappie to bite. It’s hot. Air and water temperatures are oppressive. Sticking a bait in front of a crappie’s nose often gets no response. However, when fish are reluctant to hit a slow ...
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Crappie NOW How to video: Holding Fish

One of the very first thing parents or mentors should do with youngsters is to teach them how to hold a fish. It doesn’t matter if they’re grabbing a big bass, a catfish or a tiny bluegill, all fish have fins that will stick you if not handled properly. Just ...
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300 Miles of Crappie

by John Felsher Diverse River System Offers Many Places to Catch Crappie   With hundreds of miles of rivers and thousands of acres of lakes, Alabama crappie fishermen never have to travel far to find excellent fishing. One of those places is the Alabama River in the southern portion of ...
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Crappie NOW How to video: Willow Fly

Any angler who frequents major lakes in the summertime are probably familiar with willow fly hatches, or some call them May flies. The nymphs live underwater for a year, sometimes years, before they emerge from the water en masse. The adult flies typically live less than 24 hours, emerging to ...
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Destination: Chattanooga and Chickamauga Lake

by Richard Simms Chickamauga Lake crappie fishing may be one of Tennessee’s best kept secrets “Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo….” Chances are you know those lyrics from the age-old song made popular by the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1942. It was the first-ever song to achieve ...
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Crappie Basics #194, by Keith Sutton for Bass Pro Shops

The biggest problem when night-fishing is seeing your equipment, but a can of fluorescent paint can be used to mark equipment for easy visibility. You'll be surprised how much easier it is to see a bright yellow bobber than a white one. A splotch of glowing paint in a tackle ...
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June ACT Tournament on Kentucky Lake

by Richard Simms  The Ronnie Capps/Steve Coleman team continues to dominate on the ACT Trail. PARIS, Tenn. - The powerhouse team of Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman claimed yet another win in the June American Crappie Trail Tournament on Kentucky Lake. A total of 97 boats prowled Kentucky Lake searching ...
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CRAPPIE KIDS: Go at their own pace

It happens in lots of families, and to lots of kids. Parents or some kids can't wait to go fishing. They're always chomping at the bit. But other youngsters might not be very excited about the idea, especially if they are involved with other extracurricular activities. It is important to ...
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Crappie Gear: New Colors from Bobby Garland

Are you a "color guy" - one of those anglers who is convinced that every day crappie prefer a new or different color combination? If so, you will want to check out Bobby Garland 2-inch Baby Shads. They've got four new colors added to the dozens that have been out ...
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Cola-n-Beer Fried Crappie

Before we get to this month’s recipes, let’s look at the basic kitchen tools you’ll need to get fish fillets from the fish, to the table and ready to eat. Basic is the operative word here. In my research for this column I found that there are about as many ...
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Tournament Results

FLORIDA CRAPPIE CLUB JUNE 22nd LAKE HENDERSON 1. Chuck/Randy 7.15 2. Darryl Cole/Terri Cole 7.09 3. Moose/Hillbilly 6.07 4. Allen/Mr Bates 4.01 5. Scott/Randy 3.11 BIG FISH 1. Chuck/Randy 1.05 NORTHEAST OHIO CRAPPIE CLUB JUNE 29th - 30th MISQUITO LAKE 1. Wes/Kolby 13.47 2. Bob/Bill 12.94 3. Brandon/Tyler 12.48 4 ...
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Crappie Clubs

Club Contact Link AMERICAN CRAPPIE TRAIL Matt Morgan FACEBOOK BAYOU STATE CRAPPIE ASSOCIATION Brandon Jennings FACEBOOK BEAVER LAKE CRAPPIE ASSOC. Peyton Usery FACEBOOK BOYDS CRAPPIE TRAIL Blake Phillips FACEBOOK CAPITOL CRAPPIE CLUB Austin Kneeskern FACEBOOK CENTRAL ALABAMA CRAPPIE CLUB Dan Dannanmueller/Jonathan Phillips FACEBOOK CENTRAL ARKANSAS CRAPPIE CLUB Jason Westerberg FACEBOOK ...
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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

by Larry Whiteley A SUMMER EVENING The summer evening is dark, the air is warm, and I drift into a secluded cove. Swallows dip and swoop, crickets chirp madly, bats dive at insects in the night sky, frogs croak their chorus of songs, and the sun sets the sky is ...
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