For genuine huge crappie check out Reelfoot

I was channel browsing one day this previous week when I discovered an outside program entitled “Brushpile Fishing.”

There were 3 guys in the boat– a regional angler, an outside author, and naturally the cameraman. They were wandering the Alabama River and casting a little jig decorated with a split-tailed plastic grub.

If they cast towards the partially noticeable brush stacks along the coastline, they captured little crappie, very little larger than your hand. But when they cast the middle of the river, where there were no doubt immersed brush stacks 10 or 12 feet down, they captured bragging-size, 15- inch crappie, primarily black however likewise some prodigious whites.

The reveal truly whetted my hunger for some crappie fishing.

Although it dropped to 14 degrees here early Saturday early morning, the warming breezes of April are not too far far-off. When the dogwoods flower is the time when the crappie-fishing is best.

Locally,Grayson Lake has the best crappie population, however the majority of those you capture– due to competitors amongst schools of these minnow-gobbling fish with such ravenous hungers– are small.

CaveRun and Yatesville lakes produce some good stringers of crappie. In Ohio, Paint Creek and Adams lakes are kept in mind locations for crappie anglers.


But if you wish to take pleasure in an adventuresome journey and capture a cooler-full of crappie, the best-eating fish that swims, and you do not mind a little bit of driving to arrive, pencil in on your calendar a journey this spring to Reelfoot Lake.

Reelfoot, situated in far-western Tennessee, is a 465- mile drive from the Ashland-Portsmouth location. Soc Clay and I made the journey a couple of years ago to have a look at the location we had actually heard a lot about.

This was the journey where we forgot to view the needle on the fuel gage on my pickup and ran out of gas in the middle of no place, on a highway that, in the middle of a weekday, had really little traffic.

No more information about that. Suffice to state that a passing driver did lastly take grace on us and we showed up on schedule.

We invested 3 days and nights at Blue Bank Resort, situated on the southern coast of the lake at Tiptonville, Tennessee.

BlueBank is a terrific area for the daily pan angler to bring the household for a fishing trip that will not break them– a camp that provides an appealing bundle consisting of space, meals, boat, bait and fish-cleaning and product packaging.

You can employ a guide for the very first day to reveal you where and how to be effective.

I understood Reelfoot, the “Earthquake Lake,” included a few of the very best bluegill fishing to be discovered anywhere, however I didn’t recognize the cypress trees and undersea stumps held such elephant-ear-sized crappie.

ReelfootLake, covering about 12,000 acres and balancing 8 to 14 feet deep, was formed by earthquakes that struck the locationDc 16, 1811, andJan 23,1812 Eyewitnesses reported the Mississippi River, its bed shaken, streamed upstream prior to remembering its course on down to the Gulf of Mexico and leaving the shallow lake behind.

Soc and I saw the weigh-in for a Crappie Masters certifying competition held at Tiptonville.

It was a windy early March day, with winds gusting to 30 and 40 miles per hour and rising whitecaps and rollers throughout the shallow lake. The water temperature level was 49 degrees.

Despite the undesirable conditions, group after group (2 individuals comprising a group) brought basket after basket of tumbling black and white crappie to the scales.

Even though the limitation for daily anglers is 25 per individual, competition individuals were restricted to 7 crappie per group. The winning catch weighed in at 12 pounds.

“It was hard work fishing. We caught some very nice crappie, but not enough big ones,” stated Kent Driscoll, a member of the professional personnel of Crappie Masters sponsor, BnM Pole Company.

Driscoll, a beer salesperson in Cordova,Tenn and his partner, John Harrison, authorities chief in Calhoun City, Miss., ended up out of the running for the competition.

So did six-time National Champion crappie catchers Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman, who established the Capps and Coleman Minnow Rigs so popular with crappie anglers there.

This duo has actually gathered look for over $1.3 million in competition jackpots and has actually been called Angler Team of the Year 7 times for their success on both the Crappie Masters and Crappie U.S.A. competition routes.

ThePro Staffers, a lots of them, showed numerous strategies for capturing them, consisting of wading, single pole jigging, spider rigging, bobber fishing, and trolling with the Capps and Coleman Minnow Rigs.

Spider rigging functions 8 12- foot poles fished from rod holders off the front of the boat.

For details on Blue Bank Resort and the unique bundles they provide for spring and summertime pan fishing compose Blue Bank Resort, 815 Lake Drive, Hornbeak, TN 38232, or call toll-free 1-877-258-3226 The Web website is

Reach G. Sam Piatt at or (606) 932-3619