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#1040596 - 11/19/08 07:18 PM It's Cold - But Crappie Don't Care
rsimms
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Made a morning excursion this morning with Jack Grandy (in the orange jacket) and his buddy Pat from Texas. Pat came to visit for a week and Jack REALLY wanted to get him out for a taste of the Tennessee River and Chickamauga Lake.

With 25 degree temps (colder on the water ), I sort of expected them to bow out. But au contraire' ... they were ready and willing. (Not sure I could say the same for myself )

We had a blast. Both these fine gentlemen obviously appreciate the great outdoors, especially to endure that first 7 am ride up the lake.

"Finessing" winter crappie was a first for Pat. He hasn't fished a whole lot, and rarely with artificials. But he took to it like a duck to water. The fish were not exactly voracious this morning. Perhaps they too were frozen. But the first three hours or so was a steady bite and we stuck quite a few real "quality" fish. Pat said, "This is the most fish I've every caught in my life on artificial lures!"



I don't measure, or count if we're not "keepin'." Everything we caught today was released to be caught again someday, although on numerous occasions Pat said, "I sure wish I'd brought a cooler." I'm guessing we caught about 20 quality keepers, and probably a few more 10-inch squeakers, plus several obvious "throwbacks."



The fish weren't overly aggressive however, and they were deep. You really had to present a jig to them just right... usually in 20 feet of water and deeper, especially as it got later in the morning.



It was a wonderful, albeit frigid, morning on the water. Which means life is good and gettin' better every day!

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#1040811 - 11/19/08 08:22 PM Re: It's Cold - But Crappie Don't Care [Re: rsimms]
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,never to cold to knock the ice out of the eyelets \:D ,mike243
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#1040842 - 11/19/08 08:32 PM Re: It's Cold - But Crappie Don't Care [Re: mike243]
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great fish. Slider grubs?

Edited by gookfishin (11/19/08 08:33 PM)
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#1041530 - 11/20/08 08:10 AM Re: It's Cold - But Crappie Don't Care [Re: go_okfishin]
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congrats on the catch
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#1041682 - 11/20/08 09:06 AM Re: It's Cold - But Crappie Don't Care [Re: go_okfishin]
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 Originally Posted By: gookfishin
great fish. Slider grubs?


Our favorites around here 1.5 inch Panfish Assassins on a 1/32nd oz. jig.

Folks use various colors... my favorite is Salt & Pepper, tail dipped in Chartreuse "Spike It." Basically any color can work at various times.
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#1042170 - 11/20/08 12:13 PM Re: It's Cold - But Crappie Don't Care [Re: rsimms]
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#1043500 - 11/20/08 11:05 PM Re: It's Cold - But Crappie Don't Care [Re: spitndrum]
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nice fish
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#1048671 - 11/24/08 10:03 AM Re: It's Cold - But Crappie Don't Care [Re: ]
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wish I had a few of them to fry
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#1051577 - 11/25/08 05:28 PM Re: It's Cold - But Crappie Don't Care [Re: rsimms]
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#1053565 - 11/26/08 04:58 PM Re: It's Cold - But Crappie Don't Care [Re: buckhorn40]
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Very cool.
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