The Do-It Corporation/Off-Shore team of Tommy Skarlis and Kyle Steinfeldt employed a few tactics that are relatively new to southern crappie fishing Feb. 13-14 when they rode a big second day to a runner-up finish in the Crappie Masters All-American Tournament Trail national qualifier on the Harris Chain of Lakes near Tavares, Fla. Trolling jigs behind Off-Shore's Tadpole in-line trolling divers on Off-Shore OR-12 planer boards, Skarlis and Steinfeldt put together two seven-fish limits for 16.50 pounds and finished close behind winners George Parker and Tim Eberly of Florida (17.19 pounds). "What we did is going to probably set the…
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I’d never want to take a crappie shoe shopping. Even if you could overcome the difficult task of sizing a fin correctly, the fish would never be able to make up their mind. One moment plain sneakers would do just fine, the next bright pink platforms are a must-have. The point is, figuring out the depth and color to use when crappie fishing is often a huge guessing game.  These finicky panfish leave me wishing I could just throw my whole jig box in the water and let them decide. Spider rigging is the closest thing to doing just that.…
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Great Ice Fishing Buys for Under $5

Wednesday, January 07 2015 4:00 pm - for Ice Fishing
Don’t let an empty bank account keep you from a great hard water outing.  These items can make all the difference on tough days, and at under $5 each you can still afford to pack some beverages! Berkley Bucket Rod Holder: A steal at $3.99, I regularly use this rod holder for securing my dead-stick rod when soaking a minnow for walleye, perch or crappie. I highly recommend it. Bass Pro Shops Depth Finder Weights: Depth finder weights are traditionally used to quickly find bottom when setting tip-ups and other stationary lines. I also like to use them to add…
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When ice fans dream of upcoming escapades, many optimistically envision epic getaways spanning a weekend or more. Unfortunately, extended adventures can be tough to pull off, given the time constraints of daily life. Indeed, just carving out a full day on the ice can at times be a challenge. Good news is, opportunities abound for enjoying quick trips offering great ice fishing for a variety of species. And some of the finest occur shortly after darkness falls. "My favorites are early evening trips for walleyes or crappies," says longtime guide, decorated tournament champion and avowed night owl Scott Glorvigen. "With…
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4 Panfish Ice Baits You Need

Saturday, November 29 2014 9:00 am - for Ice Fishing
The big profile of the Rapala Jigging Shad Rap and wide, gliding action are the ticket to trophy slabs and jumbo perch. For those of us in the North Country, ice fishing is just around the corner. The start of the season can provide some incredible action. Here are four must-have baits for icing big panfish all winter long. 1. Jigging Minnows Slab crappie and jumbo perch love jigging minnows, such as the Rapala Jigging Shad Rap. When panfish are on the chew at early ice, the big profile of these lures and wide, gliding action really have a knack for…
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4 Tips for Sight-Fishing Crappie

Wednesday, November 26 2014 9:00 am - for Crappie
Bright baits are the ticket for sight fishing for crappie. Try glow, white, chartreuse and other vibrant patterns. Metallic lures also give off good flash, making it easy for anglers to track baits during the retrieve. Fall is a great time to catch crappie. One method I use in northern clear-water lakes is sight-fishing crappie around deep, healthy weeds. These crappie are hunting baitfish and various tasty invertebrates living in the aquatic plants. The best fishing days tend to be overcast. Here are four tips for this approach. 1. Fish high Crappie are up-feeders so best results often come working…
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Tips on how anglers can use sound to their advantage. Unlike humans, fish have two sensors for detecting sound: the inner ear and the lateral line. These two systems work independently of each other to hear and feel particle motion and pressure changes. The systems are able to correlate and send signals to various parts of the brain to initiate a reaction or function. Catfish receive top rating for both lateral-line detection and hearing strength, according to a survey of prominent fish physiologists and fisheries biologists. The sauger is also given an excellent rating for its lateral line, while walleye,…
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I do most of my crappie fishing in eastern Arkansas where clear waters are as rare as 5-pound crappie. I have no trouble catching crappie in the highly colored oxbow lakes I usually visit, but put me on a clear mountain reservoir, and I find it hard to get a nibble.   To be better prepared for my next clear-water experience, I consulted three experts on clear-water crappie fishing. I explained some problems I've encountered when fishing transparent water and asked how they catch fish in similar situations. The advice they offered should help any crappier score more consistently.  …
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Tips for Crappie Lure Colors

Friday, June 20 2014 10:00 am - for Crappie
Lure color is important when it comes to catching crappie. Sometimes, only one color will catch fish; other times several colors work. But sorry folks, there are no precise rules to follow.   Carry a wide variety of fishing lure colors in case the crappie aren't biting. You can try matching the fishing Lure to the color of the water. For example, lime or metallic green in greenish water, motor oil or yellow on yellowish lakes, white or blue when the water is clear. Some anglers like the contrast of bright colors in dark water and dark colors in light…
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Pros4-1Source's Keith Worrall talks Spring Crappies in the Northwoods. Springtime brings blooms to the Lilacs in the upper Midwest and Trilliums in the far North, and to the northern Crappie angler that means some of the hottest fishing of the year. The Crappies move in to spawn and are concentrated in areas of the lakes or river backwaters for a couple weeks. I headed out a couple days ago to a  couple thousand acre lake in Oneida County, WI I had never fished for pre-spawn Crappies armed with my Humminbird ci SI unit and an Aqua-Vu Micro+DVR pocket sized camera.…
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