Hang on. It does not matter your age; there are plenty of crappie lessons to learn. After fifty years, I am still learning. Reading CrappieNOW is a great place to start. What totally hits you between the eyes is experience. Here are a few examples.
A fun lesson was just a few months ago. Fellow Crappie NOW writer Jeff Samsel and I hit the water. The plan was to bass fish for an hour because he needed a bass photo for an article. After that we would crappie fish. We began to cast quarter-ounce Road Runners with four-inch BanG, Shads. Three hours later, we had sixteen of the largest crappie we could ask for. The lesson? Never underestimate what big crappie will eat.
The next lesson was that very night at the fillet table. I never weighed a crappie that was less than sixteen inches. These were “measly” fifteen-inch fish. However, they felt heavy. I was curious about two of them. They weighed 3.01 and 3.08 pounds! How many three-pound fish have I tossed back? The lesson? Weigh any crappie over fifteen inches.
Another lesson was a reminder of simpler times. Two older men motored by in a rickety boat. These anglers quietly anchored near a point. The greybeards held a cane pole in each hand and loaded the boat. The lesson? Keep things simple and you will have more fun.
Think back to your last fishing trip. What did experience teach you?
Mother’s Day is the 11th of this month. This is a great opportunity to take mom fishing!