Every crappie angler needs to know this – by Brad Wiegmann

It doesn’t matter if you are trolling crankbaits or jigs for crappie you have to know how deep your lure or lures are running or diving too. Too deep or too shallow and you’re not going to catch them. Then once you find what depth the crappie are holding you have to set your other poles out at that depth to catch more.  Ways to make sure you have the right depth There are three ways of knowing how deep your crankbait or jig is at below the surface. One…

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Fishing in a Crappie Tournament by Brad Wiegmann

It’s early. Way too early to be awake, but the ringing from your cell phone is coercing you to get up. Normally you lay in bed hitting the snooze button, but this morning you jump out of bed in anticipation of your first crappie tournament.  Every angler that’s ever fished in a crappie tournament knows that excitement they feel before each and every tournament. Each and every angler anticipates catching the biggest crappie or a monster limit of crappie. The reward of catching the biggest crappie or limit of crappie…

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Pushing for Crappie by Brad Wiegmann

Of all the techniques used to catch crappie pushing is by far the most powerful. Heavy action rods, super strong braid fishing line with substantial leaders, weighty weights and big baitcasting reels to crank up the crappie once they bite. Amazingly even with all the bulky tackle crappie just can’t resist biting a crankbait being pushed. “Pushing is when an angler uses a heavy weight to keep a crankbait in the strike zone normally dropped straight down from a tip of a fishing rod secured in a rod holder; the…

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Catching Post Spawn Crappie Under Docks by Brad Wiegmann

Catching crappie during the spawn was simple. Find the cover and you would find the crappie. Really no sonar unit needed, however, more and more anglers are using Garmin LiveScope to assist with locating and catching crappie.Now the majority of crappie have moved to offshore habitat like brush piles, standing timber, man made structure or boat docks. “One of the things we do after the crappie have spawned and moving to deeper summertime habitat during the post spawn on Beaver Lake is fish boat docks. This is that period of…

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How COVID-19 is impacting crappie fishing by Brad Wiegmann

No fishing! It’s hard to believe, but several states in America the government has shut down tournament and recreational fishing; other states have encouraged outdoor recreational pursuits like fishing, but in a manner to be in consistent with social distancing guidelines. Faced with these changes crappie anglers, crappie fishing guides, fishing tackle retailers and fishing lure companies are experiencing some rough waters.  In Kentucky crappie fishing guide Doug Wynn with Crappie-Gills-n-More (www.crappie-gills-n-more.com) shut down his guide service until further notice. “The social distancing guideline and to be compliant with orders…

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Do you know Tiffany? by Brad Wiegmann

It might seem a little strange, but do you know Tiffany? In the predominantly male sport of fishing female participation is often limited in numbers. However, Tiffany Usrey is one of the small number of females breaking barriers and opening the door for other female anglers to be a part of the sport. For Tiffany fishing started at an early age with her Father and Grandfather going out catfishing and trout fishing. “Catching catfish with Dad and Grandpa was always an adventure, but it was different from when we went…

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“Drop Down On Em” – The New LiveScope Search Technique By Bernard Williams

The Garmin LiveScope has changed crappie fishing to the extent that if you’re fishing without one, you aren’t catching you just fishing. The spider-riggers use then, but more and more are converting to single-pole anglers.I grew up jig fishing; that’s nothing new in the south, but back then, we did it differently. We jigged grass, brush piles, stumps, ledges, and standing timber. With a Garmin LiveScope, all of that’s changed. The new technique called “Drop Down On Em.” It’s what the top tournament winners have employed. The “Drop Down On…

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Multiple Rods and Lures for Pre-Spawn Crappie by Brad Wiegmann

Can you have too many rods and lures during the pre-spawn? Not according to Charlie Brewer’s Slider Company pro Kevin McCarley. The Alabama Slider pro likes to spider rig 8 rods out the front deck or might change up using multiple rods in the front and back deck.  “This time of year I like spider rigging down on Guntersville for crappie. It’s a deep water pattern bite for crappie right now. So, I’m targeting black crappie around any current breaks on the secondary channel as they start to move back…

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Tournament Time for Crappie Anglers by Brad Wiegmann

It’s almost tournament time for crappie anglers. One of the most popular for crappie anglers is the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters. Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters tournaments are setup for all crappie anglers to compete in for great prizes.  Not your normal crappie tournament Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters is not your normal crappie tournament trail. It’s open to all anglers with no qualifying tournaments, but you do have to qualify to fishing the National Championship . Anyone can fish in these tournaments from weekend anglers to more competitive…

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