Crappie fishermen usually think small when it comes to lure size. But Darl Black says sometimes bigger is better. Vic Attardo gives a lesson on crappie fishing waters that might be influenced by tides, while Ron Wong visited the famous ICAST trade show to keep you up to date on the latest and greatest new products intended to lure crappie fishermen. Plus, the compelling story of Tennessee game wardens that survived a potentially deadly accident. Yes, it could happen to you. All in the September 2019 Edition of CrappieNOW.

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Opening Cast

I was recently asked whether fishing was just about tournaments. My reply was absolutely not. It is just a very visible platform which can highlight the sport, provide a competitive platform for people who like to compete and a way to create new productive techniques. This is true of any ...
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Chasing the Bait for Fall Crappie

by Tim Huffman When the water begins to cool it’s time to be versatile Fall fishing is a time to be open-minded and versatile. When water starts to cool, crappie change mood and location so fishermen should, too. Trying different places, searching for shad and using proper techniques pay huge ...
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Learn 2 Fish With Us, Inc.

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 #195

Twisted line is a frustration every angler must deal with at some point. Maybe it happened when adding new line to a spinning reel. Perhaps the twist is due to hooking a large fish and an angler reeling against the drag. Maybe it is caused by reeling or trolling a ...
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Pros & Cons of Jig Size

by Darl Black Consider the size of your jig for tough summer bites. Many northern anglers base the size of jig they use loosely on the size of prey being consumed by crappies through the seasons. During the ice-out bite, most successful crappie fishermen in my region reach for an ...
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Adjust to Water and Weather for Summertime Crappie

As a rule crappie fishermen routinely think that summertime crappie are always going to be deep, often concentrating their efforts in 15 to 25 feet of water or even deeper in some lakes. Crappie Dan, however, says depending on the weather and water conditions fishermen might be bypassing shallow fish, ...
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Kid in a Candy Store

by Ron Wong Check out a preview of the top products that will hit store shelves by Christmas How about walking into a 650,000 square-foot store – about 15 ACRES - filled with new fishing tackle. Yes, I was like a kid in a candy store at the 2019 ICAST ...
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Crappie NOW How to Rig the “Dinner Getter”

In this "How to" video Crappie Dan shares a secret technique he learned years ago called "The Dinner Getter." It's a unique way of rigging a live minnow that works especially well when crappie are feeding heavily on shad. It uses a 1/16th ounce jig head, however it is poured ...
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Destination: Reelfoot Lake and Union City, Tenn.

One of the most popular crappie fishing destinations in the country also offers a variety of family fun The float/jig combination gently settled beside the exposed stump. In less than a second the float wiggled. It didn’t dive under but just wiggled. Billy Blakely raised the B’n’M rod that immediately ...
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Crappie Basics #196

To troll or not to troll, that is the question. No question that when you’re fishing specific structure such as a dock, a treetop or a sunken brush pile, casting a lure while “single poling” is the best technique. But when crappie are following bait schools or hanging out on ...
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Tidal Water Crappie

by Vic Attardo Crappie can tolerate a little salt, not just when you’re cooking them, but in the water they call home. At first glance the docks extending out from shore didn’t appear to be an unusual location for crappie. Any crappie angler worth his salt would toss a jig ...
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TWRA boating safety officers live to tell the tale

by Richard Simms On the water, even when you are doing everything right, things can go terribly wrong. Boating accidents can happen to anyone. But most of us usually think, "It will never happen to me." No doubt Brandon Lee and Matt Price thought that. Lee is a wildlife officer ...
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CRAPPIE KIIDS: The Holly and Madison Fishing Show

Holly and Madison had a really good day fishing with CrappieNOW Editor/Guide Richard Simms. Richard decided at one point to “roll video” and the pressure was on these young ladies to produce. Could the youngsters come through? Watch and see. We guarantee some smiles ...
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Bare Bones Basics for Frying Crappie

Lots of folks who provide recipes like to navigate into exotic and sometimes hard to navigate directions. This month we're getting back to the basics with the help of Tim Spice. Spice is the Boater Education Director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He's also an accomplished outdoor chef ...
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Tournament Results

CRAPPIE MASTERS AUGUST 3rd MARK TWAIN LAKE 1. Robert Carlile/Craig Nichols 9.78 2.Matthew Rogers/Bruce Rogers 9.13 3. David Cox/Kim Cox 8.44 4. Jackie Albin/Marty Snider 8.4 5. Mark Englehart/Aaron Englehart 8.38 BIG FISH 1. Roger Crowder/Mike Frazier 1.85 MALE/FEMALE 1. David Cox/Kim Cox 8.44 ADULT/YOUTH 1. TJ Palmer/Alex Palmer 8.32 ...
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Crappie Calendar

SEPT 7th CAPITOL CRAPPIE CLUB LAKE OF THE OZARKS CLUB SEPT 7th HOI CRAPPIE CLUB EVERGREEN CLUB SEPT 7th INDIANA SLAB MASTER CATARACT CLUB SEPT 7th SHOALS AREA CRAPPIE PICKWICK LAKE CLUB SEPT 7th WAPPALLO WAPPAPELLO LAKE FORE LIFE TBA SEPT 7th - 8th INDIANA SLAB MASTER MISSISSNEWA/SALAMONIE SUPER EVENT ...
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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

SEPTEMBER OUTDOORS In some parts of the country the first part of September can still be hot, muggy and buggy. Cooler fall days are coming though, if not already here, depending on where you live. Summer crowds are gone now from local lakes and rivers and the fishing is great ...
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