sorry kieth its hard to find time to get on the computer becouse on weekdays i go to school do home work for 20 minutes at most, then i hit the lake up for 2-4 hours and on weekends i find my self on the ice more than on land. the only reason im on the computer know is becuase im grounded from fishing!(this is the worst punishment ive everhad, i find my self watching in-fisherman videos all day!) as for the slabs i was doing really well (until i got grounded) i had found a few tiny lakes around my house that i could catch consistant 12+ in. slabs. the word minnow doesnt even cross my mind unless im planning on catching ole marble eyes. but as for crappie fishing minnow isnt even in my vocabulary anymore, thanks to t.h.e jig! ive never had a single lure affect my fishing so much!