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    "You get a line and I'll get a pole, honey..."

    As I type the title for this post, I realize some will not be familiar with this folk song.  I remember hearing it growing up, during family music ‘jams’ and from my grandmother’s singing around the house.  It seemed the appropriate tune for an article on crappie fishing (even if we’re not fishing for crawdads!).
    The weather here is windier than expected, so mother and daddy haven’t been able to get out on the lake to find the perfect fishing hole.  They have done some bank fishing and had a fish fry on Monday evening.  Having fished together since before they were married, they have so many great stories - even a few “fishing stories”.  My siblings and I have wonderful memories of fishing on the weekends, overnight cat fishing forays, and great fish dinners.  Mother is credited with catching some of the biggest fish over the years, and daddy tells that whenever she catches a big crappie and he unhooks it for her, he always loses it!
    Crappie fishing can be done year round, but the spring spawning season brings the greatest number of fish out of deeper waters.  Most fish prefer warmer water for egg laying, and crappie are no exception. Using small spinning lures, jigs, and minnows, look for them closer to lake banks around sunken trees, dead standing trees, and rocky overhangs.  They are social fish and run in schools - that is why spring crappie fishing is a great way to introduce beginners.  You will usually catch a number of fish in a short time! There are many variables in sport fishing, but with crappie fishing you just need to remember the basics noted above.  Buy a rod and reel, or a cane pole (the traditional, and mother’s favorite, method), line, hooks, weights (sinkers, if you’re from Oklahoma), bait, and a bobber (cork, fishing float).  Be sure to check your state, county, or lake regulations, and you’re on your way.

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    Brings fond memories to me of my childhood....LOVE YOUR entries....

    So, Daddy just explained a method of catching crappies, just yesterday, while gathered for yet another fish fry..Teresa, do you remember what he said...something about keeping your hook close to the surface and the fish will swim up???? Even though, I don't eat fish, touch fish, I still find it exciting to watch someone catch fish!!

    Yes - he said that most crappie hook themselves because they swim up from deeper water, take the bait, then swim back down again. When the bobber goes under, all you have to do is pull them up!

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