View Full Version : They Still Surprise Me

Jerry Blake
01-10-2009, 11:43 PM
I figured the fishing would be really tough this afternoon with high pressure moving in after a huge front came through early this morning. The wind was blowing 12 to 15-mph out of the north and the temps were falling all day. If my clients would have asked me what I thought about rescheduling to a better day I would have strongly recommended doing just that. But they came prepared for the conditions and we went after them.

We had to fish tight to the cover and put our bait right in front of their noses and hold it there, which meant we had to find places to fish that were at least somewhat protected from the wind.

The bite was very light and we had to get our timing just right to put a hook in their lips before they spit out our minnows but we picked up one or two here and there all afternoon.

Towards the end of the trip one of my clients pulled in a 2-pound, 14-ounce black crappie:


It was 16.5-inches long and had a girth of 13.25-inches:


It was real thick across the shoulders and had a big ole belly:


We also caught a white crappie that was 15.5-inches long and weighed 2-pounds even:

http://www.actionfishingtrips.com/Keith's15-5 - 2-0.JPG

And we had a pretty good mess when we were done:


So go when you can and don't stay home just because you think the conditions are not in your favor and every now and then they'll surprise you and make it all worth it.

01-11-2009, 12:02 AM
Gorgeous fish. Nice.

01-11-2009, 12:41 AM
Nice Job Jerry, That was a pretty black!

01-11-2009, 01:31 AM
Nice fish!

01-11-2009, 03:34 AM
Dang those two are nice, what a day for him! Just looking at those pics I would have guessed they weighed even more.

01-11-2009, 04:40 AM
Those two would make any trip worthwile......i've discovered the best way to catch crappie is to not overthink it just go fishin.

01-11-2009, 05:48 AM
great job jerry.

Big Willie
01-11-2009, 07:25 AM
those where some big crappie, and you are right a guy needs to go even when conditions are not perfect, learn something every time you go.

01-11-2009, 07:34 AM
Very nice fish.

You never know, last sunday I had very similar situation was 59 degrees when i left home 2 and half hours later it was 41 degrees, crappie bit very well.

01-11-2009, 07:56 AM
thats a very nice looking fish there and a good mess to boot. good job guys

01-11-2009, 08:10 AM
Good Job

frank lawhead
01-11-2009, 08:27 AM
Great catch --They goin to eat-em or mount them:--:confused:

Jerry Blake
01-11-2009, 08:54 AM
Great catch --They goin to eat-em or mount them:--:confused:

The big momma is getting mounted, the 2-pounder and the rest of them are getting ate.

01-11-2009, 09:05 AM
I'm jealous..my biggest is only 2.7 lbs..

01-11-2009, 09:28 AM
That's a couple of hawgs! Looks like everybody still enjoyed the trip too.:)

01-11-2009, 09:47 AM
Super Nice

beagle man
01-11-2009, 09:56 AM
I am speachless

no I'm not. Dang nice mess of fish bet them folks will talk about that day for awhile nice posting. congrats to all

Ken Jones
01-11-2009, 11:19 AM
I'm still catching crappie here in Idaho. Congratulation Jerry. I have found out this winter that the crappie are a lot heavy'er now than during the summer. We can't use live minnows in Idaho. So I us tube jigs tipped with crappie niblets. Sorry I can't post my pictures any more I goofed up my photobucket paste some how. Oh well.

01-11-2009, 11:27 AM
Those are some sweet crappie!!!!!!!! Where I live your lucky to see a 1 1/2 lb every couple of years.


01-11-2009, 11:52 AM
WTG Jerry.

What an inspirational post to alter ones negetive thoughts we tend to have when faced with those barometric conditions. I sure know I'll be thinking about this post the next time I'm faced with those conditions and sure try to grab on to and hold that positive attitude while out there since I really think a positive attitude is so important for the best chances of a successful outcome on the water. To my mind your post is certianly a confirmation of that idea. :cool:

Thanks for the pictures and posting.

01-11-2009, 12:14 PM
Nice catch--goes to show, it is never a bad day to fish!!!!

Countryboy N.C.
01-11-2009, 12:28 PM
Good post, thanks.

01-11-2009, 01:27 PM
Jerry you cant fry until you try. Nice looking bunch of fish you put them on.WTG

yankee doodler
01-11-2009, 01:55 PM
bet them boys were glad they had a guide to put them on the fish too.