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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:42 PM 03/31/06 (CST)
Being the fishing whore that I am.You know I am physically unable to stop fishing 3 days in a row.I get real owly ,blurred vision and audible voices that tell me to get my rod and wet a line.There is only 1 cure.
So when the ice goes out and we get a few days of sun it is time for the spring slab. I've read many an article that professes this time to be a great time to get a wall hanger .
The down sizing I've been preaching is still the best approach for the 1st 2 weeks. By this time the water has warmed up enough that the fish will hit a bigger bait.
Where does a guy start is the 1st question. I'll go to the creek inlet or outlet. I look to the sides of the mouth searching for reed or rice stuble.These areas are good ,especially if there is a 15'hole nearby where they will slide in and out of as they move into feed.Remember the water is still very cold and it might take a good part of the day to warm the muddy bottom enough that the crappie will move in to feed.As an example there is this little back lake off of Wilkins called Whispering. It has tall hills all the way around it ,and a deep 40' hole. Most of the lake has a bog for a shoreline with 3' of water right off of the bog. Well we got our spot in the morning.It was about 9 a.m. and working to the bog with the jig and a small premium float nothing was there. I said to Steve ,"lets turn around and fish toward the deeper water".It was not 5 minutes and we found them.All of the other boaters turned to fish out as well and again as I've said they had no luck with the big minnow. After about 2 hours the slabs had moved in to the shallows.
Same lake ,but a different year we went in and hit all of the spots that hold crappies. Nothing ,nothing and still more nothing. We had our bibs and packs on. The wool hat were needed as well.Sun then sleet then sun and more sleet had us ready to go home and eat some of the crappies we had saved from the late ice fishing.
As we got to the creek that goes between the 2 lakes I was asked to get up on the bow to get the motor up since it is kind of shallow. All of a sudden I saw this big silver flash of about 3 feet in diameter. We backed up ,lowered the anchors in 12 feet of water. It took 1 cast in the general direction of the flash to see the cork turn sideways.Well it was a 14" slab.Steve and I filled a 5 gallon bucket in 30 casts. It was slab after slab,double after double.
It is not for the faint of heart to brave the cold in a boat, but in my book the payoff is huge. I look for quality fish and this is a time when you have to show some mercy or you will clean out all of the big crappies.The males will show up later as the females spawn.The males job is to protect the nests. You will see the males go smokey color and finally turn solid black in color as the water warms.Once they are pitch black you will start to see the bluegills move in as they want to use the same nests the crappies had spawned in.As this time of year approaches it is fishing opener and the mighty slab gets a respite as I am chasing the mighty eye,but come Thanksgiving and 3-4" of ice they will see us again hanging the jig in hopes of that 1st ice crappie meal.Nothing rivals a fresh cold water crappie fillet and raw fries of course.
Keep in mind when you are out there in your favorite spot ,take your trash home with you and try to leave it in better shape than when you had arrived.
Thankyou for all of us.
Crappie Keith



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BigBite
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:22 PM 03/31/06 (CST)
Hey CrappieKeith,

You seem to have a lot of good information. Maybe you ought to try to get an article posted on this site. I know 'Dude is always looking for good stuff to include.





CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 02:24 PM 03/31/06 (CST)
Thanks Big Bite for the vote of confidence.I am passionate about hunting and fishing,so I like to share what I've learned. I have made some really good friends by giving them this secret deadly weapon. When a guy say's to you that you have changed his life,it should mean something. I guess I feel better about myself helping others that are struggling. There is nothing better than to look a guy in the eyes and see the twinkle that comes about after a revelation. I was one of those guys who had not a clue, but after paying my dues with Steve and his brothers who tought me the jig I can say without a shadow of a doubt I would not go out without the jig,just like not having my FL-8.
It has gotten to be a fame thing too I enjoy.There are guy's comming from all over to meet this guy named CrappieKeith. They are in search of a better way. I'll be growing into a guide service,building a web site to promote it and to market the JIG. I work for tips now,but once the foundation is complete with referrals I'll be on my way to success. I've thought of doing seminars right on the ice to teach fisherman the mechanics of lifting the target.How to use and care for your locator,what you need to look for in gear so that it matches up to your prey.It seems to turn into a clinic everytime anyway.G.Loomis talks of quality in your gear and I think alot of us do not realise the importance and what the ramification are when you are not properly set up. I like to think of a wheel with spokes. If the spokes are tuned the wheel rolls effortlessly,unlike the same wheel with spokes missing and loose. The wheel wobbles and takes alot more energy to roll the same distance.
I had an ultrlight reel that had a poor drag .It would either be locked down or too loose.I was getting some huge slabs,but I was also missing alot because they were finicky and the hook was getting just alittle skin behind the front lip.Well they were so heavy that if my drag did not let go after the hook burried it was tearing loose.Now I do not have that problem,because I upgraded to a better reel with a great drag.There are many little things that will end up costing you so anytime you want to bounce an issue off of me ,please do.
Crappie Keith



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TapTapTap
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 02:25 PM 03/31/06 (CST)
A great read CrappieKeith,

Are you going to take me out with you this year.




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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 02:53 PM 03/31/06 (CST)
Tap Tap Tap, You know it. All you have to do is call me when you are going to come up and your in. I'd make room for more bodies if need.
I hope to see you on the lake Saturday.I'll be on the north side of the road splitting the Horn and the main lake.Not too far out.Look for the Polaris 500 with a black luggage box,silver body.



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