View Full Version : I love to catch Crappie, Catfish, bream & bass, in that order.

10-31-2017, 06:29 PM
I spend about 60% of my time fishing for Crappie, 20% for bluegills/redears, 15% for catfish and 5% for bass. I know a lot of my friends fish only for Crappie. I just love to fish and the challenge of it. I truly love my Crappie fishing but some days, I want to fish for another fish. How many of you feel the same. Just wondering.

10-31-2017, 06:34 PM
In the spring, we sometimes will break from crappie and hit the lake trout which tend to run the shallow shorelines for smelt when the ice is out and the water gets into the low 50's. We also manage to squeeze in a trip or two for smallmouths, but at least 75% of our time is dedicated to crappie.

ET Fish
10-31-2017, 07:22 PM
Fly fishing for Smoky Mountain wild trout. My other money pit!

eagle 1
10-31-2017, 07:24 PM
nope, can't think of anyone like that lol :fish 278805278807278808278809

10-31-2017, 08:03 PM
Yes, I'm an opportunist when it comes to fishing. Crappie, catfish, bream, bass..
Shrimp when they're running the river and throwing out some crab pots too
Whatever is biting and will keep my daughters interested

10-31-2017, 08:38 PM
Got to have a change up now and then. :ThumbsUp

10-31-2017, 10:52 PM
Pretty much 99% of the time I'm after Crappie, with the other 1% being a once a year night fishing trip for Bass (Birthday tradition with one of my fishing buddies). But, even during that Bass outing, if I have a chance I will cast for Hybrid Stripers under large dock lights. I catch as many other species of fish when Crappie fishing, as I probably would targeting them specifically ... so, I just go Crappie fishing. I'll release everything but Crappie, usually, unless I'm fishing with or for family/friends that don't care about species & just want some "fish" to eat.

I started with Crappie, 60 some years ago ... and have made many trips for other species along the way ... I just never let go of my love of Crappie fishing (or eating) whenever the chance came. While I've eaten Bass, various Sunfish, Catfish, White Bass, Hybrid Stripers, Drum, Muskie, Striped Bass, and even Asian Carp .... none hold a candle to a couple three or five fillets of fried Crappie. :biggrin

10-31-2017, 10:58 PM
I spend most of my time trying to go after crappie, but love bluegill, cats, and bass. Sometimes ill even do two types of fishing at once...Bream fish for bait to use for catfish. Im just addicted to the thump of crappie. My goal is to learn enough about them, myself, and my lake to be able to target (and catch) them year round.

11-01-2017, 08:19 AM
Great response from all of you. Eagle 1 and myself are on the same page for sure. I do love my catfish. A normal trip for me includes - catching a few small bream for jugs and Crappie fishing the rest of the day. I also will catch some bull bluegills, with my fly rod. I do catch a lot of Crappie. I fish the Ms. big four a lot. Ain't life grand!!

11-01-2017, 08:25 AM
First love was sunfish, then bass and for most of my life bluegill/bass dude and some catfish. only in last 20 years have targeted trips for crappie when on my buddies boat but had an incredible private lake, had to marry a gal for it but hey you do what you gotta do right? where you would fill up a two man boat with bass and bluegill only and loved it.

Now it's all about crappie at my lake house but at our condo on LSL it's about catfish primarily on dock lines and big bass while casting for crappie. Even getting trout down at taneycomo and going to STL area lakes where MO CD stocks trout in the parks. It's about opportunity and what your buddies want to do. also do grey snapper in FL and should be after redfish, snook and specled trout down in FL.

Erin Brewer
11-01-2017, 08:27 AM
I love crappie fishing but my wife loves floating jugs so when she wants to go we hit the river. And the bream are usually saved for my little girl's fishing trip! At just under 3 years old she sure does love to fish!

11-01-2017, 08:30 AM

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Erin Brewer
11-01-2017, 08:33 AM
Get a wild hair every now and then and hit some hill ponds chasing green carp! Sure are fun to catch on UL tackle

11-01-2017, 11:59 AM
Crappie, Bream and shell cracker, catfish, one trip a year to white river for brown trout and several trips to Louisiana for my favorite, speckled trout

11-01-2017, 01:32 PM
I grew up fishing for catfish and bass. We would catch so much catfish on the weekends with trotlines on the Mississippi and Hatchie river. Crappie has always been my nemesis. I have never really been able to catch them on a regular basis, so I guess right now I am in the phase of trying to figure them out. I see guys that can catch them all year long, so I know that it can be done. I just want to be one of those guys. I domt mind an occasional catfish trip either.

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11-01-2017, 01:51 PM
I'm with you, I love to fish for anything. If you're on a hot carp bite I'll go. As long as it's go numbers or really big fish. If there big I'll wait all day for a couple of bites. If there small I want a lot of them. Sait water or f. water .

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11-01-2017, 02:20 PM
Not sure what you're talking about...




or maybe I do....No catfish though.

11-01-2017, 03:22 PM
crappiewisdow, you got the idea. Thanks for sharing.

11-01-2017, 05:18 PM
Bluegill and bass. Spend about an equal amount of time on each. I just love to fish. Catfish is the only one I don't target. I like to get my fly rods out for bass and bluegill every now and then also.

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11-01-2017, 08:48 PM

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11-02-2017, 09:42 AM
Wow, great pics, everyone.

Special K
11-03-2017, 05:38 PM
I'm pretty much the same as the rest: I love to fish for multi-species and used to make several trips to the coast every year too. Since I've gotten older I have slowed down way more than I want to... and I'm hoping with retirement looming... I'll be able to get back at it the way I want to. Thanks for starting this treat... it has been interesting. Good luck to all.

11-03-2017, 06:14 PM
I like a variety also. I even switch up as far as charter trips on Lake Michigan for trout & salmon. I grew up as a diehard bass guy. I have become partial to crappie and gills if I have a choice. Fished countless hours on the Wabash River for big blue & flathead cats. It's all fun but if I want to just go out to relax, watch other people, smell the lake air... it's a bobber and minnow while tied up to a tree :fish

11-03-2017, 06:23 PM
Crappie mainly, but have a new found love for walleye. May and June is reserved for gills/ears. Jugging for big blues is always an option. Few trips a year for skamnaia. Sauger fishing creeks when days get short. White bass when they run upstream. Hybrids when I can get them trolling. It's ALL GOOD!

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11-03-2017, 06:26 PM
This has been one of my favorite threads ever on C.c .............Thanks."D" oh, and i like to catch and eat most of the above.

wannabe fisherman
11-04-2017, 04:29 AM
when anyone asks me what I fish for I just say whatever I catch. I prefer crappie cats and gills, but a nice bass or 2 wouldn't hurt my feelings.

11-07-2017, 06:13 PM
Wow, this has been fun. Thanks for all the replies and pics-- Happy fall fishing to all.:biggrin (javascript:void(0))