It’s hard to hit the water these days without seeing more and more anglers using kayaks to stalk their prey. Ed Mashburn shows you how to outfit your kayak for crappie. Two CrappieNOW writers garner prestigious awards, Gil Lackey shares a lighter side look at the life of a crappie. And Senior Writer Tim Huffman shares a wrap-up of the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters’ 2019 National Championship on Lake Grenada. It’s all in the November 2019 Edition of CrappieNOW.

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Opening Cast

Happy November everyone. I can’t believe it is already Fall. It sure hasn’t felt like it in the south. I am confident that this heat will relinquish soon. Speaking of confidence, having confidence in all we do can improve any outcomes, especially fishing. I believe confidence comes from some key ...
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Crappie Masters Championship: Rockin’ at Grenada Lake

by Tim Huffman It took crappie that AVERAGED 2.2 pounds to win the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters’ 2019 National Championship Weigh-ins are more exciting when weights are close. Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters’ 2019 National Championship, held September 26-27 on Mississippi’s Lake Grenada, was full of excitement with first ...
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Crappie Basics #199

Crappie are generally very predictable and aggressive in November – at least in the South. Docks are a prime location for fall crappie, where they can be caught in the upper 10 feet of the water column. Cast into the back of a boat slip or along the edges, letting ...
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Destination: Northwest Mississippi

Northwest Mississippi is the gateway to the blues, but it’s also the gateway to the best crappie fishing in the nation. Ask 100 crappie fishermen across the country to name the Top 5 best crappie lakes in the nation (as has often been done in many surveys) and I will ...
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A Fish Tale, by Gil ‘Roadkill’ Lackey

Gil Lackey never sees things the same way as most anglers. (Editor’s Note: Whenever we are fishing, we all wonder what the fish are thinking. Gil Lackey knows.) Growing up was no splash in the lake. In fact, Mom and Dad were taken away from my siblings and me not ...
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CrappieNow Senior Writer Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Huffman has dedicated his life to helping crappie fishing grow, and to helping crappie anglers catch more fish. Tim Huffman was recently honored by the Bass Pro Crappie Masters organization by being presented the Lifetime Achievement Award. Huffman has specialized in crappie fishing for 31 years. He has written newspaper ...
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Crappie NOW How to Video: Strike King Mr. Crappie Scizzor Shad

First announced at the 2017 ICAST trade show, the Strike King Mr. Crappie Scizzor Shad Jig was designed by pro angler, Wally Marshall, aka: Mr. Crappie. Tthis larger size, pro performance shad-style jig, complete with a unique profile, produces an irresistible quivering action designed to keep your rod and reel ...
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Rig That “Yak” for Crappie

by Ed Mashburn  Properly equipped kayaks can be very effective crappie fishing boats.             It turns out that converting a stock fishing kayak into a crappie-catching machine is really not that hard or expensive. When rigging a kayak for dedicated crappie fishing, the main thing to keep in mind is ...
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Crappie Basics #200

Unfortunately, many anglers stow away the boat and fishing tackle before the first snow flies. Those who don’t can experience some of the best fishing of the year and have their favorite lake all to themselves. You can find crappie in deep water (20 to 40 feet) in the winter, ...
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CrappieNOW Columnist Larry Whitely Receives Awards

Larry Whiteley’s “Great Outdoors” columns are a favorite for CrappieNOW readers. His work has been recognized by one of the most prestigious outdoor writing organizations in the country. Larry Whiteley, CrappieNow “Great Outdoors” columnist, was presented several awards at the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writer (AGLOW) conference held in ...
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Crappie Gear: Eye Hole Jig by Gill Reaper Lures

This new jig head specially-designed to hold attractant niblets is taking the crappie fishing world by storm. There is a new jig head making waves in the crappie fishing world. It is called the Eye Hole Jig by Gill Reaper Lures. Gill Reaper Lures co-owner Blake Philips said, “We sold ...
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Crappie NOW – Breaking in Process for a New Outboard

Crappie Dan discusses the correct process for breaking in your new Yamaha Outboard. He recommends following your manufacturers guidelines. For Yamahas, the process is presented on the maintenance.yamahaoutboards.com website. Following this process will prove invaluable to the life of your outboard ...
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Vernon’s (Summerlin) Recipe for Crappie BBQ

The English word "barbecue" comes from the Spanish word barbacoa.  After Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492, the Spaniards apparently found indigenous Haitians roasting meat over a grill consisting of a wooden framework resting on sticks above a fire. The flames and smoke rose and enveloped the meat, giving it a certain flavor ...
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Tournament Results

HOI CRAPPIE CLUB SEPTEMBER 21st ILLINOIS RIVER 1. Chad Anderson/Terry Davis 5.99 2. Nick Frost/Quentin Frost 5.15 BIG FISH 1. Chad Anderson/Terry Davis 1.1 MAGNOLIA CRAPPIE CLUB SEPTEMBER 21st ENID LAKE 1. Lance Evans/John Harrison 13.61 2. Bill Thornburg/Bob Grantham 12.83 3. Scott Ryals/Shane Johnson 12.49 4. A.E. Smith/Dan Presley ...
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Crappie Calendar

NOV 2nd EASTERN MISSOURI CRAPPIE CLUB LAKE OF THE OZARKS CLUB NOV 2nd CAPITOL CRAPPIE CLUB LAKE OF THE OZARKS CLUB NOV 2nd CENTRAL ILLINOIS CRAPPIE CLUB DECATUR CLUB NOV 2nd- 3rd CRAPPIE MASTERS BARCLEY/KY LAKES SUPER EVENT NOV 3rd CHATTANOOGA CRAPPIE CLUB CHESTER FROST PARK CLUB NOV 9th CENTRAL ...
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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

A TIME TO BE THANKFUL Thanksgiving Day most of us will gather in family groups to celebrate a truly American holiday.  In most cases headlining the feast will be turkey roasted a golden brown. Today’s Thanksgiving turkey is a pen raised variety but the turkeys who helped the pilgrims through ...
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Crappie USA Free Rodeos for Kids

Did you know Crappie USA hosts free kid’s crappie fishing rodeos at almost all of its tournaments throughout the year? The events are free for kids up to 12 years old and everyone who enters gets some sort of prize with top prizes in different divisions for the winners. Make ...
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