View Full Version : The Crappie dock and the No Crappie dock

12-11-2017, 06:45 AM
Some docks hold crappie well in the winter around north Texas and some don't . There seem to be multiple reasons and or factors involved ,but in the end as is the case most of the time it is all about bait fish in the area .
So I went to visit a crappie dock before daylight on Sunday and sort of thought I might be able to ketch a few before church . Sure enough some crappie were in the area and I found a fat bluegill as a first fish in the dark and my second fish was sure enough a small crappie . :highfive
Well as it seems to be the case most of the time the "bite window" hadn't changed much and that was it until around first light as they came thru under the enclosed dock pretty good for about an hour following the bait headed back out to the lake . Not lots of large crappie but pretty fair numbers wise and I managed to ketch about 20 or so with a few being keepers that I donated to some fellas 5 gallon bucket .
The fish wanted a blue and kinda green plastic bait for the most part and when they quit biting I changed over to an old feather jig in black and silver . One of my best crappie slammed it first drop and then it was bleak , not another peck .....until ....
I was leaving and walked out for a final pitch on a No Crappie dock and first pitch I got hammered ! And when I set the hook I said to man beside me bass fishing THIS is NO crappie as my reel light up and sang like a warbler . Well a terrible fight ensued and my little shimano hit notes she has never sang . My 6 foot ultralite Tica just bent over hard and a crowd gathered . The crowd was tossing guesses and I was not sure what the heck it was other than large ! Some said flathead ,some said bass and as the fight continued the experienced bass person said it isn't a bass or it would have come up by now .I agreed and he ran for a net as I saw a swirl and said we are about to see the fish yawl . Sure enough a large flash of silver made me think buffalo and then low and behold next time up on top the dock monster reared its ugly head ....:Rofl
So last fish of the day was really upset Drum that was jim dandy for sure and to top of this here fishy story it bit the fire out of my thumb as well .....:yikes
so you see there is such a thing as NO Crappie Dock .....:Rofl
stay tuned yawl but don't stay thirsty ....:cheers2

jay the baptist
12-11-2017, 07:34 AM
Great catch, great story. I'm going to cancel my Field & Stream. lol

12-11-2017, 07:36 AM
Great pictures and post as usual.

ET Fish
12-11-2017, 08:22 AM
Great read!

12-11-2017, 10:33 AM
Good pics, and recognize the thumb as have had one like that before, lol!


12-11-2017, 11:23 AM
Super show, Many thanks!

12-11-2017, 11:42 AM
I love a good drum fight once in a while they have some shoulders and are a lot of fun. good you were able to get out and Ketch a few before daylight and church. This is best Physical Therapy for you after your recent health scare Outlaw! GFY

Dave and Lynn
12-11-2017, 12:34 PM
Great story and great pics.

12-11-2017, 04:38 PM
Sounds like a good time,nice catch.

12-11-2017, 05:47 PM
Nice post, thanks for taking the time.

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12-11-2017, 06:08 PM
Great catch and well written post you are a fishin machine thanks

12-11-2017, 07:02 PM
I agree with sinkermaker. You not only have the gift of catching one or two now and then, but spinning the yarn to entertain those of us that didn't get out that day. Thank You and well done. Look forward to your posts and better health. Also hope your booboo feels better.

12-11-2017, 11:20 PM
Hope that poor drum didn't get poisoned.:biggrin

12-14-2017, 06:40 AM
Never thought of that sir , hope them blood thinners dint mess him up ....:Rofl

12-15-2017, 08:35 AM
Keep em coming Ketch'n. You should really consider writing a book about stories of your trips or even a children's book. I am not joking. Kids need to read more and interesting topics of the outdoors will only inspire the youth to actually go outside and do something. Too many single parent households that don't do anything outside. Great Story and wisdom about the behavior of crappie all wrapped up in one.