Ed Moes and I finally met this last week. It was good to put a face to his name after years of friendship. You may know him by his famous forum, Crappie.com. Thousands of people recognize him as “Slab” on his site.
Crappiemasters president, Paul Alpers joined us for lunch at Jim ‘n Nicks BBQ. We quickly learned that Moes was not the typical “computer geek” he readily proclaims. Moes loves crappie fishing and the people that share the sport.
Moes had the foresight to start Crappie.com when the average dial-up connection speed was well, awful. For Moes, his vision was to create a community of the world’s friendliest anglers. He knew that they wanted to share information, learn from others, and maybe brag a little. While sitting with Alpers and Moes I realized I was sitting with two giants in the industry. Pretty cool. We enjoyed a great lunch, fellowship and shared some ideas.
Later that afternoon, Moes joined Matt Morgan for some crappie fishing. Morgan has won several tournaments and the national championship as well. Fathead Sunglasses, Road Runner, and Daiichi Hooks sponsor Mr. Morgan.
It seemed fitting that these anglers should fish together. One is blazing a trail on the tournament circuit. The other, has created America’s crappie community.
Congratulations to B’nM Poles team, Whitey Outlaw and Mike Parrott on their Crappiemasters AL championship win. It was tough fishing this year with a major moon, high pressure, and river flooding. Crappiemasters and the City of Millbrook put on the best events on the trail. Anglers love to come to this area and we thank them for a job well done.