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Tim HuffmanMay CrappieNow is a good issue with a variety of topics. You’ll find plenty of tips, read about a record crappie and much more. I hope you enjoy it.

Spring is always a busy time of year. This one has been especially busy and long due to waters warming earlier than normal. We’ve had the traditional cold fronts, wind and rain that seem to come at inconvenient times. However, there have been plenty of good fishing days with reports from all over the country of crappie being caught.

I’ve been on the road traveling, working and playing. So far I’ve attended several tournaments and have more on my list. I’m editor for Crappie Masters magazine so I cover six or seven of their tournaments each year. They have a well-established trail with plenty of expert fishermen to give me information to pass along to you. I often get to hop in a boat during practice days for fishing and to get a story. That’s a real perk of my job.

I’ve also attended one tournament with the American Crappie Trail. You’ll see a photo journal on the D’Arbonne tournament. It was good to see the new format in operation. First place prize, an aluminum Ranger Boat, went to, Josh Gowan and his partner Alex Rude.

I caught a 2.97-pound, fat-bellied slab at Grenada Lake while fishing with our magazine publisher, Dan Dannenmueller and partner Garrett Steele. Just 3/100 of a pound away from reaching the three-pound mark! Anyway, it was good catching a great fish. After photos, I released her back into the lake so she could spawn.

I am blessed to have seven grandsons from three to thirteen years of age. To add to the busy spring, this past month I was blessed again only this time a healthy granddaughter, Samantha. She already has her grandpa wrapped around her little finger. I hope every grandkid has the opportunity and takes the time to enjoy the great outdoors whether it’s fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, biking or other outdoor activity.

Have a great day on the water, catch a big-un’ and enjoy the spring weather.


Good fishin’ & God Bless,

Tim Huffman, Editor