Ice fishing is not for the faint of heart. That might be why Southerners are glad they don’t get to, or have to, do it. But if you live up North it’s the only game in town for winter crappie anglers. Ken Perrotte and John Phillips show us why you might want to give it try, no matter where you live. Plus, we’ve got two great wrap-ups explaining how the best crappie anglers in the world won two major championships. Plus some awesome “How-to” videos, including a great Garmin LiveScope lesson directly from crappie greats, Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman. All that and MUCH more in the December 2019 Edition of CrappieNOW!.

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Opening Cast

Happy Birthday to me. December 1 is my birthday. I’m officially on Medicare now. Ugh! In 65 years, I have been on an untold number of fishing trips. Thousands and thousands of my own and hundreds of others with other anglers or guides for a huge variety of species. However, ...
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Destination: Southern Vermont – Fish All Night, Ski All Day

by Ken Perrotte The Green Mountain State has great snow skiing, but anglers can ski across the ice for nighttime crappie as well. “Come to the light,” James Vladyka eerily called out as he yanked yet another crappie from the circular hole in the 10-inch-thick ice beneath his feet. Delivering ...
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Old School Crappie Fishing

by Kenneth L. Kieser Sometimes experience on the water and a little common sense will work better than high-tech electronics A recent report claimed high-tech fishing electronics could eventually hurt fish populations. The writer suggested fish no longer have a chance. Too many larger crappie are being removed from lakes, ...
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Crappie_Basics #201 – Consider Slime Line

Like most anglers, professional crappie anglers Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman say lighter line usually results in more bites. But, of course, the concern is breaking off a big fish on light line. Capps helped develop Slime Line Champion Edition with "super stretch" capability. Capps demonstrated how even short lengths ...
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The Best Video Game on Ice

by John Phillips A Southern boy’s perspective on fishing Minnesota’s ‘hard water’ Because not much ice fishing exists in my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama - where we had 95-plus degree temperatures this past October - I was eager to try that sport. The first time I went to Iowa - ...
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CrappieNOW “How to” Video: Bridge Overpasses

Sometimes the sweetest spot to crappie fish on your local lake might be right over your head. In fishing there is no such thing as “always” or “never.” Fish and fishing are as variable as the weather. But there is one location on many lakes that crappie anglers should always ...
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Rogers Overcomes Rain/Wind to Win Grenada ACT

by Richard Simms Matthew Rogers shared a unique secret that he said helped him win a $25,000 boat in the ACT Lake Grenada tournament. GRENADA, Miss. – The 2019 American Crappie Trail tournament on Lake Grenada was originally scheduled for May but massive flooding forced the tournament to be delayed ...
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Crappie_Basics #202 – Stay Safe on the Ice

You will find some great ice fishing tips in this edition of CrappieNOW!. But the most important thing about ice fishing is KNOWING WHEN IT IS SAFE! The experts say you should never venture onto the ice until it is at least four inches thick. And always be aware if ...
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CUSA Tournament Winners Adapt to Changing Conditions

by Ron Presley Koesters and Hengstler Claim Pro Division Victory at CUSA Classic while Shawn Salyers and Josh Lovett take the amateur side. Forget the competing anglers - Mother Nature was the worst adversary at the 2019 Crappie USA Classic on Old Hickory Lake. The Gallatin, Tenn. event challenged crappie ...
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In the Spotlight, Ed Moes and David Shandes

With 50,000 registered users, Crappie.com is a “go to” location for crappie fishermen all across the country. Established in 1996, one of the earliest online places for fishermen to read about crappie fishing was the Internet Forum called crappie.com. The site’s popularity makes it a go-to spot for people wanting ...
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CrappieNOW “How to” Video: Garmin LiveScope

“My granddaddy would flat roll over in his grave.” ~ B’n’M Professional Crappie Angler Ronnie Capps It is the latest rage in crappie fishing. The manufacturers say the Garmin Panoptix LiveScope allows anglers to see structure, bait and fish swimming below and around your boat in real time, even when ...
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LEAVE A PLATE OF FISH SALAD AND GRILLED VENISON FOR SANTA

“HERE COMES SANTA CLAUSE, HERE COMES SANTA CLAUSE” and so on until the children are restless for dinner. ’Tis the season, but let’s prepare something different this year, mixing up a summer salad with winter wild game for a savory holiday feast. You may leave Santa some leftovers should there ...
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B’n’M Offering New TCB Series Rod

Whether you like to fish for crappie, trout or bluegill – or all of the above, B’n’M is building a new rod designed specifically for you. Leland's TCB (Trout, Crappie, or Bluegill) ultralight rod is B’n’M’s latest offering. They teamed up with Leland's Lures, makers of Trout Magnet and Crappie ...
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Tournament Results

CENTRAL ILLINOIS CRAPPIE CLUB OCTOBER 20th DECATUR LAKE 1. Dave Redecki/Scott Boston 9.17 2. Brian Plank/Will Pland 9.06 3. David Birch 7.55 4. Lee Buehnerkemper/Greg Niebrugge 6.88 5. Shawn Shelby/Mike Hopkins 6.65 BIG FISH 1. Shawn Shelby/Mike Hopkins 2.09 CRAPPIE USA OCTOBER 23rd - 26th OLD HICKORY LAKE AMATEUR DIVISION ...
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Crappie Calendar

DEC 7th BEAVER LAKE CRAPPIE ASSOCIATION BEAVER LAKE BIG CRAPPIE CHALLENGE DEC 7th CRAPPIE USA ST. JOHNS RIVER TRAIL DEC 7th MAGNOLIA CRAPPIE CLUB OKATIBBEE LAKE CLUB DEC 7th TWIN LAKES CRAPPIE CLUB FISH ANYWHERE CLASSIC DEC 7th CHATTANOOGA CRAPPIE CLUB CHESTER FROST PARK CLUB DEC 14th FLORIDA CRAPPIE CLUB ...
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