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6poundtest
08-26-2012, 04:17 PM
My friends sometime accuse me of being hard headed; in fact if you compared my head to the pail of concrete that makes up the anchor for my boat, my head is probably denser than that concrete by a good bit BUT......I sometimes have the ability to reason and that is one trick that the concrete will never learn.
Went out this morning full of ideas and tidbits from the boards here and proceeded to fish some great looking spots and weedlines, weedbeds, etc. I had only about 2 1/2 hrs. of free time before I would have to head for home due to plans for the afternoon. Well, getting close to quitting time and only had 3 average gills to show for my efforts in the cooler. So much for confidence. However, the bass had been hitting real well, just no keepers, but that was OK with me.
So, the clock is ticking and I had a rogue thought: I've never tried fishing the private docks on this lake, they say docks are good "cover", lets see what happens. I picked one where the water was calm and protected somewhat from the wind and still just happened to be in the shade as the sun had not yet cleared the hill on the south side. Holy cow............it was like someone started pouring crappie in to my boat.
Everything I've been reading came together. Clear water, softer colors, more neutral colors, smaller profile baits, cast to "cover", which I'm embarrassed to say I've never considered docks as cover, even though I've read how good they can be countless times; all these things gelled this morning. Cranial concrete can be tough to penetrate, it seems.
I was laughing to myself as I reaped what you all have attempted to sow to us beginners. 3 casts, on each to the left, center, right of the dock resulted in crappie before the lure could drop 2 feet. I continued to cast around that dock and let it fall, keeping the belly out of the line as it dropped down and back toward my boat. They tore up my soft plastic in nothing flat and I had to stop to put on a new one. As I'm reloading, I glance at the HB and see all kinds of flat lines at the 15' mark; I'm sitting in 23 FOW. Dropped my jig over the side and gave it a shake or 2 and started hooking them using a straight vertical presentation. This is the first time I have ever seen fish like this on my electronics. I wouldn't have known how to interpret that without reading and seeing screenshots from the electronics board. It was so cool!
Anyway, in the space of about 20 minutes, I landed 10 nice crappie and lost a few others on poor hooksets or bad luck, whatever. I had a grin on that my wife would have laughed at, I'm sure, laughing out loud as I netted them. Biggest right at 12" but all very nice none-the-less.
I think I know where I'm going to try 1st, next time. I know nothing is guaranteed but it will be worth a shot, I'm sure. Ken

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ifish4redd
08-26-2012, 04:30 PM
NICE FISH,way to go!:cool:

kycreek
08-26-2012, 04:35 PM
Good deal, I bet you head straight for that spot next time. I would.

Donald@CrappieLogic
08-26-2012, 04:46 PM
very nice those are some gorgeous fish CONGRATS:biggrin

STUMP HUNTER
08-26-2012, 06:02 PM
Good report and those are awesome colored crappie. Congrats on putting it all together and catching a nice mess of keeper fish.

huntinslabs
08-26-2012, 07:01 PM
Buddy, you do one heck of a good write up! Very well done and congrats on putting the pieces together. Some very admirable fish to boot.:highfive:highfive:cheers2

oldbigun
08-26-2012, 08:02 PM
Nice looking catch!

NIMROD
08-26-2012, 08:09 PM
Those dark specks are purty fish!:biggrin

big minnow
08-26-2012, 08:11 PM
Boy you got some good eating rite there.!

6poundtest
08-26-2012, 08:38 PM
Boy you got some good eating rite there.!

You're not kidding! I filleted them up and couldn't believe how big the platter of fillet's was in comparison to the pile I get from the bluegills I usually bring home. I had my wife divvy them up in to the freezer since we had fish just the other day for dinner.


Thanks for all the kind comments, gents, and for the tips that are sprinkled throughout the various boards on this site. Today I felt like a kid who wants "just one more cast, please? Do we have to leave now?" I felt surrounded by fish just begging to be caught and I had to leave...pout, pout..........

AgriHawg
08-26-2012, 09:44 PM
Darker colored crappie are just prettier than other fish. Thats all there is to it.

bee
08-27-2012, 05:56 AM
Great catch. thanks

CrappiePappy
08-27-2012, 08:05 AM
6pound ... I'm going to go out on a limb, here, and say that you'll likely catch somewhat bigger Crappie if you shoot those docks !! Get that jig back under the dock, in the darkest spot closest to a dock pole (if it's a stationary dock) !! If it's a floating dock, it may present a bit more of a challenge ... but, even if you can only get the jig back in the far corner of a boat slip, that should work.
Try Vertical Casting next to the outside poles (if shaded & a stationary dock) ... or even where you see them scattered out in front of the dock, on your depth finder. Crappie Pappy Article (http://www.crappie.com/articles/crappiepappy.htm)

... luck2ya !!

... cp :kewl

kgalla02
08-27-2012, 08:31 AM
6pound ... I'm going to go out on a limb, here, and say that you'll likely catch somewhat bigger Crappie if you shoot those docks !! Get that jig back under the dock, in the darkest spot closest to a dock pole (if it's a stationary dock) !! If it's a floating dock, it may present a bit more of a challenge ... but, even if you can only get the jig back in the far corner of a boat slip, that should work.
Try Vertical Casting next to the outside poles (if shaded & a stationary dock) ... or even where you see them scattered out in front of the dock, on your depth finder. Crappie Pappy Article (http://www.crappie.com/articles/crappiepappy.htm)

... luck2ya !!

... cp :kewl

No 'going out on a limb' about it, that's exactly what I was going to suggest ... I've been fishing the docks/marinas hard this summer for lack of a boat and I've found that if fishing the sides of a dock produces no results, flipping directly under the dock will.

yankee doodler
08-27-2012, 09:07 AM
Nice write up and some beautiful lookin blacks for sure. congrats!

river scum
08-27-2012, 11:27 AM
good looking fish for sure, congrats!

dandeman
08-27-2012, 07:04 PM
Good looking bunch of fish and a fantastic job on writing about it. Thanks for the pics and the great story!!!

Bottom_Bouncer
08-27-2012, 09:10 PM
Nice catch! Them fish have a pretty color to them.