Get on your knees and dock shoot.


Bevan with a dock-shootin’ Crappie

Clay Richardson smiled as we met in the lobby. Imagine two crusty anglers surrounded by the opulence of the Cold Water Inn. We headed out the door for dinner at the Rocking Chair Restaurant.

Bevan Berry met us at six a.m. the next morning for breakfast. The Cold Water Inn buffet offered plenty of healthy choices. Naturally, we opted for sausage biscuits instead. We quickly left to make our way to Wilson Lake.

The 32-degree temperature outside was like a slap in the face as we launched the boat. Fortunately, I brought three Cabela’s Polartec beanies. Both Berry and Richardson had no qualms stating that I would not get them back.

 We began to shoot docks in one of the many of Wilson Lake’s coves. The action was slow at first and quickly improved as the sun warmed the structures. His lure of choice was a weedless head rigged with a shad body.

Despite the heavy bluegill population, we managed to bag some nice crappie. The B’n’M Sharp Shooter rods performed wonderfully. The only thing that failed was our knees. Yes, kneeling is the best way to fire your jig under low docks. We headed in to meet Brad Whitehead for lunch.

Whitehead is one of the best-known crappie guides in the country. Both he and Berry specialize in the “side-pulling” technique for crappie. However, it is hard to miss an opportunity to shoot docks. It is just so darn much fun!

Speaking of fun, we may have to bring our wives next time. The Shoals area is home to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Coon Dog Cemetery, and Helen Keller’s birthplace.

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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