April 2021

OPENING CAST APRIL 2021

Creel and size limits are always a hot topic of conversation among fishermen. It doesn’t matter if you are talking about limits imposed by state wildlife agencies, limits set by tournaments, or even self-imposed “catch & release” rules individual anglers set for themselves – opinions are widely varied and often controversial.

In this issue of CrappieNOW, outdoor writer Bernard Williams takes on the controversial subject of creel limits for crappie fishing tournaments [HOTLINK to Bernard’s Editorial].

These days most crappie tournaments allow anglers to weigh in seven crappie. Williams thinks it should be lowered to five fish, primarily due to impact on fisheries by highly-advanced electronics.

Pure Fishing Buys Plano

Plano tackle boxes are pretty much the industry standard for fishing tackle storage. (Contributed Photo) Pure Fishing Buys Plano New owner for popular tackleboxes   … Continue reading Pure Fishing Buys Plano

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EDITORIAL: Lower the Tournament Limit, by Bernard Williams

Outdoor writer and Magnolia Crappie Club Vice President Bernard Williams believes that high-tech, advanced electronics being used by crappie tournament anglers these days necessitates that … Continue reading EDITORIAL: Lower the Tournament Limit, by Bernard Williams

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Crappie Basics – April Planer Boards on Dale Hollow

Brush Pile TV Host Russ Bailey with a black-nosed crappie taken fishing planer boards in April on Dale Hollow Lake. Crappie Basics – April Planer … Continue reading Crappie Basics – April Planer Boards on Dale Hollow

Cast & Retrieve Crappies, by Darl Black

Marilyn Black with a nice post-spawn black crappie caught by casting a jig to scattered shoreline cover on Pymatuning Lake.   Cast & Retrieve Crappies … Continue reading Cast & Retrieve Crappies, by Darl Black

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS, by Larry Whiteley

THE GREAT OUTDOORS By Larry Whiteley   THE OUTSIDE IS GOOD FOR YOUR INSIDE There’s something really refreshing about getting outside. Worrying is hard to … Continue reading THE GREAT OUTDOORS, by Larry Whiteley

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Top Ten Crappie Lakes for 2021, by Tim Huffman

Randy Luttrell displays a 3.83-lb slab that he and Garrett Steele caught during the 2020 Crappie Masters tournament on Grenada Lake. Few fish ever reach … Continue reading Top Ten Crappie Lakes for 2021, by Tim Huffman

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Recipes: Crappie with Tangerine Peel & Cashews, by Vernon Summerlin

While rummaging in my attic I found half of the world’s cookbooks, a collection that began in the 1960s. Sorting them was a chore. I … Continue reading Recipes: Crappie with Tangerine Peel & Cashews, by Vernon Summerlin

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New Product Buzz, by Tim Huffman

Senior Writer Tim Huffman shares his take on some products for fishermen and outdoorsmen   New Product Buzz by Tim Huffman K9 Fishing High-Vis, Fluorocarbon … Continue reading New Product Buzz, by Tim Huffman

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So, You Want to Side-Pull, by Greg McCain

Guide Brad Whitehead nets a crappie for his son, Nathan, on a late summer side-pulling trip on Cedar Creek Lake in northwest Alabama.   So, … Continue reading So, You Want to Side-Pull, by Greg McCain

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Crappie Basics – Use a Blade

Spring, spawning-time crappie anglers often encounter murky water conditions. Many crappie professionals say using a bladed jig will increase your odds in muddy or stained … Continue reading Crappie Basics – Use a Blade

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Waypoints: Success, by Geremy Olson

This is the ONE picture of my ONE fish I caught on my very first trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.   Waypoints: Success … Continue reading Waypoints: Success, by Geremy Olson

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Crappie NOW How To – Picking the Best Fishing Gloves

Hand gloves come in many styles and for several purposes.  Pick fingertip gloves for casting and jigging.  Glove palms should use grips to help hold … Continue reading Crappie NOW How To – Picking the Best Fishing Gloves

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