Be a better angler, fish with your friends. (Lily pad crappie)

Russ and another Pymatuning Lake Crappie

Russ and another
Pymatuning Lake Crappie

It was a pleasure to fish with B’n’M pro, Russ Bailey last week. We had been looking forward to fishing Pymatuning Lake, for a year. I spotted some lily pads as we fought the wind on a point. Russ headed that way and readied his signature jigging pole. He said; “Sam Heaton’s pole is great for light bites in deep water. But I think this stiffer pole is better in this cover.” Lesson learned.

The best color was a white-body on a chartreuse Road Runner head. The wind started to blow into the pads. The water looked like mud. We both changed jig colors and began to catch them again. Lesson relearned.

“Dang” I thought aloud. “What?” “If the wind would lie down we could use a push pole.” “Why would you use a push pole TJ?” Russ asked. “This water is only three feet deep. A push pole is much quieter than any trolling motor.” I replied. Lesson learned.

My 1/16th oz. Road Runner got hung in the pads more often than Russ’s 1/32nd. His smaller hook, found less trouble. He was clearly out-fishing me too. The crappie preferred the slower descent. Lessons learned.

The wind began to howl. We put away our poles and headed for the dock. Forty crappies visited our boat in just a few hours.

Get out there and take a friend fishing. Switch it up. Park your boat and go with them. You will learn something on every trip.
Blessings, -tj
Video! Lily Pad fishing with Russ

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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4 Responses to Be a better angler, fish with your friends. (Lily pad crappie)

  1. Russ says:

    Really enjoyed fishin with ya TJ!! Love that shallow water bite too!

  2. Nice read, TJ. Lessons learned indeed. My elder brother and I were out fishing yesterday, and got into a mess of crappies too. Such a fun fish to hunt. The winds were blowing here too, and the barometer was dropping I’m sure, as the skies were gray, and the rain clouds were swirling on the horizons. No lightning or any thing, so we fished. Poplar leaves fluttering like credit cards in a cool, Minnesota breeze. Blue Jays crying from shore. People tinkering on their docks, getting them ready for summer. The blessed absence of jet skis. And the crappies were satisfied with a slow descending jig this day too it seemed. We adapted, and had a good time. I was thinking crappie dinner on the grill later, but it was our first time out with the boat this spring, and it appears entropy had taken its course over the long winter, as the live well was out of order. Aw well. Good times none-the-less.

    I like the poling idea. That’s something we don’t stock our boat with, but probably should I suppose.

    Take care!

    • TJ Stallings says:

      I’m glad you had a great day with your ‘bro. Fillet them crappie and grill ’em scale side down. We call that “Crappie on the half shell”. Just five minutes over a low flame with a little olive oil and garlic salt on the top side. And you thought we fried EVERYTHING. 🙂

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