How many fish?

Road Runner Crappie Thunder

Road Runner Crappie Thunder

The drive back to Wetumpka from last weeks Crappiemasters Championship offered plenty of time to think about our great teams and Road Runner’s success. A question popped into my mind. How many fish do Road Runners catch?

Now bear with me here. Math was not my strongest subject in school so I have to break it down in pieces. First, is it reasonable to say you catch just five fish on a Road Runner before a stump or rock claims it?  (I’m sure that’s a low average but let’s play it safe.) Now if we ship over a million Road Runners a year; wouldn’t that add up to FIVE MILLION FISH? I’ll just let that sink in and change subjects now.

This coming week brings the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association’s annual conference. This event is chocked full of seminars, fellowship and good times. Wes and Steve will meet me there in Punta Gorda to help us celebrate Tru-Turn’s 50th-Anniversary too.

The first cool fronts have passed now and many Crappie anglers have begun to dust off their gear. My flashbacks are the same every year after the first cold-snap of the season makes its way through the south. “I need some minners TJ!”

Growing up in my family’s tackle shop has been a blessing in so many ways. Yet there are numerous memories that are just ingrained into my very core. For example; the clank of an Old Pal bait bucket makes me stand at attention, ready to dip bait.

I’m sure there is a 12-step program for this condition but I think I’ll pass. 🙂

Blessings,  -TJ

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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2 Responses to How many fish?

  1. I know I have a lot more fun catching a crappie on a roadrunner than I do a minnow. There’s something exciting about watching a quill bobber, shaking with a minnow underneath, tip on its side and then sink under the water’s surface, the weight of a crappie slinking off with the minnow pulling it down.

    And while that visual experience is good, it’s not the same as feeling that pulsating blade under the chin of a roadrunner come to a halt … and then the line begin to stretch. That triggers a primordial jolt that’s hard to replicate in any other way.

    Those great big Crappie Thunder bodies sure are sexy, too – and boy, what a treat when a largemouth or a catfish or some other bigger predator succumbs to one!

    – Teeg

  2. Don Gasaway says:

    I also remember fondly the sound of a bait bucket. Your comment made me think of the other sounds that are vivid in our minds. Sounds that produce an instant picture in our mind’s eye. Think about it. There is the sound of a line playing our during a cast. The plunk of that fish that falls back into the water as you lift it out. The sound of a pump shotgun being cocked. The sound of a topwater bait on a quiet summer morning. It bogles the mind.

    Sorry that I will miss you at SEOPA but family commitments keep me from attending. Hope to see you in Kerrville for TOWA.

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