Getting a Grip on Fishing Rod Handles by Brad Wiegmann

I thought an article on fishing rod handles would be so easy. Seriously, just how many styles and materials can rear grips, foregrips, butt caps and reel seats can there be? Apparently, from a quick search on Google hundreds of them, however, before it becomes overwhelming, I enlisted the help from experts to educate us on fishing rod handles.  “Two things that come to my mind when you are talking about crappie fishing rod handles is personal preference and cost. You’re just not going to find many crappie anglers fishing…

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Small Jigs, Plastics and Split Shots for Crappie by Brad Wiegmann

When it comes to crappie fishing few anglers use split shots. Fewer anglers even know when they were invented and by whom. However, astute anglers always have them in their tackle box and use them when fishing small jigs rigged with plastic lures.  A split shot is a simple design and concept. Back in November 1959 inventor John F. Grayson filed for a patent for a re-usable split shot sinker. The primary object of a round re-usable split shot sinker made with soft, easy to form V-shaped groove was to…

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Catching a World Record Crappie – Brad Wiegmann

How do you catch a world record crappie or even a state record crappie? You start by fishing in reservoirs, rivers or ponds where big crappie live. Next you fish during prime times when big crappie are biting. Early spring typically is the time when crappie weigh the heaviest and ponds are a great place to target world record crappie. The current world record holder Lionel “Jam” Ferguson wasn’t targeting world record crappie when he caught the 5-pound, 7-ounce world record black crappie. “I was just out fishing for crappie…

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Catching Crappie Offshore with Planer Boards by Brad Wiegmann

Guide Doug Wynn and crappie buddies trolling planer boards on Grenada. Catching crappie offshore can be extremely rewarding. Offshore fishing for crappie can be spider rigging away from the shoreline or one poling a brush pile out in deep water. However, during the summer months fishing for crappie offshore usually means trolling and pushing or pulling crankbaits.  Trolling and Pulling or pushing crankbaits may be one of the easiest ways to catch crappie in the summertime. By utilizing multiple rods set at different distances away from the boat an angler…

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What ICAST means for a crappie angler by Brad Wiegmann

What’s ICAST? It’s the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades or simply known by buyer, retailers and media as ICAST. The global recreational fishing event showcases the latest innovations in the world of sportfishing and numerous new products for crappie fishing from lures to rods and reels are revealed at the show. A number of companies that design and sell crappie fishing related products release new products at ICAST every year. It would be the ultimate store to shop at, however, it’s a trade show so no products can be…

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Precision Long-line Trolling by Brad Wiegmann

Long-lining crankbaits isn’t a new technique. Far from new, however, crappie fishing guide like Brad Chappell keep refining this technique. Chappell has taken it to the next level where he depends on electronics along with specific fishing tackle to present a lure precisely where he can catch crappie. He refers to this technique as precision trolling. Is Chappell a precisionist? When it comes to long-line trolling crankbaits even he would admit it, however, it’s that characteristic that puts crappie in the livewell for this guide’s clients.  Now and through the summer…

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See Crappie, Catch Crappie by Brad Wiegmann

In the past crappie anglers rarely used marine electronics for anything, but using it for depth, water temperature, finding cover or structure and marking baitfish or crappie. However, the new technology by electronic marine companies has taken seeing baitfish and crappie to a new level. Now anglers can actually see a crappie strike a lure in real time and catch a crappie.  There are several major electronic marine companies. Each company has different multifunction devices (MFD) or sonar/GPS units for crappie anglers to choose from for their boat or kayak.…

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Abbey is no longer with us (Pic Heavy)

It's been two days and it still hurts to say this, but Abbey has passed. She's been ill for a while, and I thought maybe we had it turned around, but liver/gallbladder/appendix issues finally took their toll. I've had many dogs before but Abbey was special to me as you may know, particularly since she's been to many, many crappie camps. Here are some pics from those events: She never met a member she did not love. This last pic includes her four sons she had. We still have Pepper…

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Doug (m. r. dux) and Justin (finiman) – Crappie USA

Thanks for all the calls, PMs, and kind words. I guess Justin and I got everybody fired up about this tournament when we were at Grenada last week. This was my first true crappie tournament and 1st competitive fishing event in decades. I went over to Barkley last Wednesday to try to find some shallow fish since the water temps are getting right at spawn level. I longlined, I pushed, I cast jigs some--nothing but dinks and barely dinks at that. I thought we were in trouble since Justin's work…

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