Have you ever wondered why we crappie fish? On those days when the crappie are uncooperative and the only things biting are the bugs, or when it’s a cold, rainy, 5:00 am and you’re huddled in a poncho on some lake shore, have you ever asked yourself “Why am I here????”. I have on more than one occasion.
Here we are, arguably, one of the most intelligent species on the planet, risking pneumonia, colds, viruses, malaria, poison ivy and the scorn of our spouses, just for the chance to match wits with a creature that has a brain the size of a pea … and often as not, LOSING!
Some of us do it just for the sport. Many times, we will catch and release maybe 50 – 100 crappie in a day, then stop on the way home and have lunch at Long John Silvers.
Some of us do it for the love of tournaments, which involves the use of $30,000.00+ specialty boats with enough electronics on board to track and kill enemy submarines. The level of competition in these crappie fishing events rivals NASCAR. The crappie tournament scene is a little too intense for my blood, but if that’s your thing, by all means, indulge yourself fully.
Then, there are the rest of us. We crappie fish with quality, yet affordable equipment. We take a few crappie home to enjoy with the family. We take our friends crappie fishing with us and just enjoy the time spent for what it is. That may mean different things to different people, but most of us just enjoy being part of the outdoors and exercising our rightful place in the food chain.
The focus of this website is crappie. Why? Because crappie are the second most sought after fresh-water game fish in North America and are one of the most widely proliferated species. Crappie are relatively easy to catch most of the time if you’re using quality equipment and have a good knowledge of what you are doing. Crappie are also an absolute gourmet-quality pleasure on the dinner table. If you live anywhere in the contiguous 48 United States, southern Canada or northern Mexico, chances are good that you are within an hour or so of a good crappie fishing hole.
There are many crappie fishing books and websites, but most assume a certain amount of prior knowledge. This website takes you from the most basic techniques and equipment to advanced level tactics. Even if you have never seen a fishing pole in your life, this website will teach you tips and tricks and give you sound equipment advice that will have you enjoying nature and catching your fill of crappie in no time at all.
It is my sincere wish that you will use the knowledge you get from the crappie tips, tricks and equipment suggestions on this site to gain as much enjoyment from crappie fishing as I have over the years. Various studies have shown that people who fish regularly have lower stress levels and enjoy life more. Do yourself a favor. Go fishing, any kind of fishing even octopus fishing (just kidding) and take someone with you to share it.
Great book on crappie fishing