Nov 2023



There has been a massive amount of buzz lately regarding the impact of forward-facing sonar, also known as live-imaging sonar (LIS). B.A.S.S. officials announced recently that, while they will continue allowing the use of LIS during the coming season, they are creating a committee to monitor the use of LIS in tournaments. The data, along with catch rates, tournament weights and angler feedback will help guide them on future decisions regarding the use of LIS in B.A.S.S. tournaments.

Santee Cooper Crappie

Stacey Weatherford and Kevin Davis heft a stringer of slab crappie, many caught from a public fish attractor, accessible to any angler (Photo: Terry Madewell)   Santee Cooper Destination by Terry Madewell   Two huge South Carolina lakes, laden with woody and weedy crappie-attracting cover, linked as a single fishing-unit via a 7-mile-long Diversion Canal, […]

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Christmas Tree Crappie

Miller and Lusher are feeling the spirit of Christmas after a cold day of catching Christmas Tree Crappie   Christmas Tree Crappie by Keith Lusher   For most crappie anglers, Christmas fishing invokes thoughts of deep jigging crappie that are bunched up in tight formations. For the crappie anglers willing to brave frosty mornings and […]

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Eliminate Crappie Fishing Mistakes

Alex and TJ Palmer have many great tournament finishes and are former Crappie Master Adult/Youth Team of the Year. These monsters came during a Grenada Lake tournament. (Photo: Tim Huffman)   12 Ways to NOT Catch a Monster Crappie by Tim Huffman   Read the headline again. The following twelve subtitles tell you ways to […]

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Tim Huffman Legend Award x2

Tim Huffman (right), pictured with “Legends of the Outdoors” founder, Garry Mason at the awards presentation in August.   Tim Huffman Garners his Second “Hall of Fame” Distinction by Richard Simms, CrappieNOW Editor   The International Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame is inducting six new “Legends” into its Hall of Fame in 2024, including […]

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Mr. Crappie Joins Texas Hall of Fame

“Wally Marshall’s outstanding accomplishments as a trailblazer in the sport of crappie fishing are unparalleled,” said Dan Kessler, Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame selection committee chairman. “His leadership in bringing forth new ideas and innovative products to crappie fishing and the fishing community in general are second to none.”   A Good Ol’ Boy […]

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Product Buzz

Product Buzz by Tim Huffman Eye Hole Jig, by Crappie Magnet No bait scent is needed when crappie are aggressively feeding. However, crappie are often neutral or negative so it’s important to have every advantage possible. Fishermen have frequently proven that a scent can increase the number of bites. Crappie Magnet has teamed up with [...]

Lure of the Month: Baby BallerZ

Lure of the Month: Baby BallerZ by Terry Madewell   Competition inspires lure creators to be innovative when generating new lure concepts as they’re developed, tested, refined, and implemented. The latest entry into the crappie-fishing world from Z-Man baits is a unique grub sculpted with a pyramidal cross section, with the goal being to develop […]

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The Great Outdoors

TAKE A VETERAN CRAPPIE FISHING  The month of November has two special days. Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day. I personally feel the thanks we give on Thanksgiving Day should be something we do every day or every time we get a chance. That is especially important when it comes to our veterans. We all have […]

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Electronics by Wiegmann

Contour lines and shading are available with most fishfinders purchased today. (Photo by Brad Wiegmann) Does Your Fishfinder Have GPS? by Brad Wiegmann   These days the answer to that question is usually, “Yes.” But it is often overlooked when purchasing a new fishfinder. There are several satellite-based navigation systems currently available. Which one depends […]

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Brush Pile Crappie

Any brush from cedar or hardwood trees will add excellent fish structure to bare lake bottoms. (Photo courtesy Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources)   Build it and they will come by Richard Hines   Several years ago, I was fishing on one of our local lakes in Kentucky when we met our district […]

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Crappie Basics: Fishing in the Rain

CrappieNOW Editor Richard Simms (left) and Scenic City Fishing Charters guide, Capt. Scott Lillie, with proof positive foul weather days can often be the best fish producers. (Photo: Terry Madewell)   Crappie Basics: Fishing in the Rain by Richard Simms, CrappieNOW Editor   It is an absolutely picture-perfect day – blue skies, calm winds and [...]

CN Tip of the Month-Cold Water Fishing

CN Tip of the Month-Split Shot

CrappieNow Tribute to Brian Sowers

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