May 2022

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CrappieNOW is very excited to introduce a new contributor to our ezine pages this month. We always strive to find new talent. At only 15-years-old, Lindsey Lucas, however, redefines the phrase “new talent.” What this young lady may lack in life experience is far outweighed by enthusiasm. She will be providing us a monthly column called “The Reel Deal” in our Kids Corner.

We hope the tips and experiences shared by Lindsey will prove inspirational for other young men and women. In a pastime enjoyed largely by Gen X’ers and Baby Boomers, few can argue we need more outdoor-inspired folks in Lindsey’s Gen Z crowd.

Kyle Schoenherr: Pro Spotlight

Kyle Schoenherr had one of the best runs in tournament fishing from 2010 to 2018. He won three national championship classic tournaments, two Alabama state championships and had over 30 top ten finishes around the country. Regardless which lake or river they were fishing, he and partner Rodney Neuhaus worked hard, proved their ability to […]

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Live-Imaging Sonar Research

Many anglers have expressed concerns that live-imaging sonar are so efficient that the anglers using them may actually harm crappie populations. But so far the research and opinions of two state fisheries division indicate there is no need for concern, at least as it stand now. (Photo: Richard Simms)   More Research on Live-Imaging Sonar [...]

COVID Creates New Business

T.J. Palmer (left) and his son Alex catch big crappies on Truman Lake.   Missouri Teen Makes Crappie His Business by Brent Frazee   Alex Palmer opened a storage locker on his dad’s fishing boat and began rummaging through six tackle trays chock-full of colorful plastic crappie jigs. “We don’t have to worry about running […]

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Crappie Basics

Craig Nichols says after the spawn, crappie are going to find some wood and the right tactics can convince them bite.   Crappie Basics: Post Spawn Tactics   The days are coming, perhaps already here for many anglers, when crappie flee their shallow-water spawning areas. For many anglers it seems like a ghostly “disappearing act.” […]

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Electronics by Wiegmann – Oculus Multibeam Sonar

Super high imaging is possible with equipment like Oculus.     Looking into the crystal ball of marine electronics By Brad Wiegmann Future of multi-beam sonar and underwater fishing cameras     Garmin, Lowrance and finally Humminbird have all now released their version of phased array scanning sonar (a.k.a. live-imaging sonar or LIS) in forward/down/wide […]

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The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors by Larry Whiteley   CRAPPIE CAMPING I’ve got a great idea for you. Why not combine a crappie fishing trip with a camping trip? Both are a great escape from this crazy world we live in today.  Coming back to your campsite instead of driving back home allows you the opportunity to […]

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Kentucky’s Green River

David Jones, a crappie guide on Kentucky’s Green River Lake, lays claim to the lake record crappie. He admits the lake isn’t necessarily known for big crappie but it is known for LOTS of crappie.     Fishing Complements Family Fun on Kentucky’s Green River Lake by Greg McCain   In a state full of […]

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Hot Products

Product Buzz by Tim Huffman     75 Series Combo – BnM Pole Company  Expect comfort and great balance when using the 75 Series, 7.5-foot spinning rod by BnM Pole Company, the leader in crappie fishing poles. The one-piece construction provides true action and strength not found in a two-piece rod. It’s high-modulus graphite (a […]

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Vernon’s Recipes: Celery in Crappie Chowder

  Celery in Crappie Chowder by Vernon Summerlin   When most of us think of chowder, the New England-style comes to mind. The phonetic variant, “chowda”, is believed to have originated in Newfoundland during the days when Breton fisherman tossed portions of the day’s catch into a large pot along with other available foods to […]

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The Reel Deal

The Reel Deal: Spider-Rigging by Lindsey Lucas   (Editor’s Note: Please welcome a new writer to the already long-list of CrappieNOW contributors. Lindsey Lucas brings a new spin to our ezine pages. At only 15 years old, this young lady is already obsessed with all things outdoors. She comes by her outdoor passion honestly, having […]

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Hot Crappie Team

Since winning their first crappie tournament fishing with the Magnolia Crappie Club in Mississippi, Dan Jeffries and his son, Hayden, have quickly become a force to be reckoned with.   In-depth with the Hottest Crappie Team in the Country – Part 2 by Bernard Williams, Magnolia Crappie Club   (Editor’s Note: If you missed Part […]

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Up Your Crappie Game

An in-depth knowledge of the lakes you get to fish most can lead to nice stringers of crappie like this year-round. 11 Ways to Up Your Crappie Game by Keith Sutton A review of basic crappie fishing techniques could improve your catch rate this season.     If you are a beginning crappie angler, it’s […]

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Crappie NOW Series on Scents Part 1

Part 1 of Scents Crappie Dan discusses scents and how to use them.

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Crappie NOW Series on Scents Part 2

Part 2 of Scents Crappie Dan discusses scents and how to use them.

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