Small water often equals big crappie. Just ask World Record Holder Jam Ferguson. And you will find spinning rods in the hands of most crappie anglers, but Gary Lewis explains why fly rods should never be ignored… even if you’re fishing with kids. And Senior Writer Tim Huffman shares a one-on-one interview with crappie professional Russ Bailey, host of Brushpile Fishing TV. All in the October 2019 Edition of CrappieNOW.

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Opening Cast

Is anybody out there? We know there are. According to the most recent national survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service there are about 7.8 million anglers who fish for crappie a combined total of 107 million days each year. That is nearly 14 days per person. Statistically speaking ...
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In the Spotlight… Russ Bailey

by Tim Huffman This retired police officer now goes out of his way to promote crappie fishing             Russ Bailey has hosted crappie fishing TV shows for 14 years. His current show, in its sixth year, is Brushpile Fishing TV. He has a new podcast available at iHeartRadio, 1150 WIMA ...
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Crappie Basics #197

Use the Right Fishing Knot – Many people believe that loop knots are best when casting crappie jigs. Sometimes they’re called “Kreh Loops” as it was been popularized by fishing legend Lefty Kreh. This type of fishing knot will allow the jig to move more freely on retrieve. It provides ...
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Small Water for BIG Crappie

by Ed Mashburn Small waters offer some of the best crappie fishing to be found anywhere. Although most crappie anglers love to visit on big lakes, rivers, and reservoirs to find and catch crappie, they might just be missing out on some seriously good crappie catching in small water. Case ...
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Catching Western Crappie on the Fly

by Gary Lewis Wind-drifting for papermouths with fur and feather “Lay the fly on the water. Strip line out. That’s right. Now shake the rod tip.” That’s fly-fishing. These kids – the 4-year-old grandson and the 6-year-old granddaughter – can cast a fly as well as any kid, but they ...
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CrappieNOW “How to” Insure Accurate Weights

Good scales insure accurate weights of those slab crappie. That's fun for any crappie angler but absolutely essential for tournament anglers. Crappie Dan recommends RigRap Scales coupled with RigRap Fish Grippers. A simple tare button allows adjustment for spot-on accurate weights of crappie or even larger fish, including catfish ...
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Destination: Otter Tail County, Minnesota

by Scott Mackenthun This Minnesota crappie gem offers public water, or ice, year-round. The numbers are in your favor when chasing crappies in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. In the Land of 10,000 lakes, Otter Tail County stands out for having over 1,000 lakes, tops in Minnesota and the most lakes ...
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Crappie Basics #198

Don’t Get in a Rut – Dickey Porter is a well-known and very successful crappie angler in Southeast Tennessee. While he admittedly does it sometimes, Porter has good advice for anglers that sometimes get caught in a rut – doing the same thing over and over again because it worked ...
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PRADCO Buys Gene Larew Lures and Bobby Garland Crappie Baits

PRADCO increases its already impressive portfolio of products PRADCO Outdoor Brands, a well-known provider of top-name fishing and hunting products, announced recently that it has acquired Gene Larew Lures, a Tulsa, Okla., company that manufactures and sells fishing lures under its Gene Larew, Bobby Garland and Crappie Pro brands. "We've ...
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Crappie Kids: Make Your Own Bait

For kids, many times collecting bait is half the fun of fishing... especially digging worms. But there are lots of ways to get bait, depending on what kind of fishing you want to do. Lots of folks love to use dough balls. They are especially good for carp and catfish ...
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Ver(n)onique Fillets

I thought I would personalize this French fish dish by adding the letter (“n”) into the term Véronique, which means to “prepare with or to garnish a dish with grapes”, usually a white seedless variety. Grapes don’t show up until late in the preparation but let’s look at grapes and ...
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Tournament Results

MAGNOLIA CRAPPIE CLUB AUGUST 23rd - 24th ROSS BARNETT 1. Roger Rabbit/Pat Jeffcoats 27.62 2. David McWilliams/Robbie Niven 23.59 3. Kyle Thompson/William Nichols 22.16 4. Terry Srewart/Cole Stewart 21.84 5. Jason Clements/Seth Clements 20.92 BIG FISH 1. Roger Rabbit/Pat Jeffcoats 2.41 EASTERN MISSOURI CRAPPIE CLUB AUGUST 24th BARNETT LAKE 1 ...
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Crappie Calendar

OCT 5th CRAPPIE USA WEISS LAKE TRAIL OCT 5th HOI CRAPPIE CLUB CLINTON LAKE CLUB OCT 5th SHOALS AREA CRAPPIE GUNTERSVILLE CLASSIC OCT 5th - 6th KANSAS CRAPPIE CLUB EL DORADO LAKE CLASSIC OCT 11th - 12th CRAPPIE ANGLERS OF TEXAS LAKE FORK TSCC OCT 12th BEAVER LAKE CRAPPIE ASSOC ...
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CrappieNOW “How to” Keep Your Cool

In the South it can stay hot well into the fall, or even into wintertime. Hardcore crappie anglers need protection from the sun and heat. UV-protective sunglasses are important to cut down on glare and protect your eyes. And while baseball-style caps provide some protection for your face, a wide-brimmed ...
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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

WONDERFUL OCTOBER              If you love the great outdoors you probably wish every month was October. The beauty of the fall colors across this great land will stir your soul. Cooler temperatures give new energy for all the outdoor things there are to do in October. October may find you ...
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