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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle 1 View Post
    The ability to boat 7 keepers on lakes that have a over 12 inch slot can be tough on days where it is 30 mph. wind . Fished a tournament on Grenada where more people than not had less than required 7 fish . Pulled cranks for 7 hours (pre livescope ) and had one keeper . not as hard to do as you might think .
    this is how it can go for sure , some days it just ain't meant to be .....
    a front comes thru , the fish scatter , you are not familiar with the lake ....
    even LS don't cure it sometimes .....just saying
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    Some days are tuff. I catch my share but I’ve been some days and got skunked. Not many but some. Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnLikeU View Post
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    I'm not here to ruffle any feathers as a matter of fact if you are human you don't have feathers. There is an Elephant in the room that I want to talk about. That is Signing up to fish a Crappie Tournament & you don't even boat 7 Fish. Yeppers I said it. Why because I want to understand it & to do that we have to have dialogue & discuss it. If I'm not able to compete I sit on the porch. I think it's crazy to pay to enter a Crappie Tournament & you can't boat 7 Itty Bitty Fish... ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE 2 GROWN PEOPLE ON 1 BOAT.. Any thoughts? I find it comical & I say it was a great day for the fish. You can weigh 7 & they not be big I'm cool with that. However, a WHOLE LAKE & YOU THINK YOU ARE TOUGH STUFF & CAN'T BOAT 7 CRAPPIE ESPECIALLY WITH 2 PEOPLE ON THE BOAT. I think you can only fish if you are told where to fish & got cocky on what you catch with that info & on that lake. Do you find it acceptable to not boat 7 Crappie after entering a Crappie Tournament?

    It happens to the pros every tournment. Google Crappie Master Tournament Results and scroll to the bottom of any. Here's a Grenada Spring Tournament with over 40 guys without a limit, 28 without a fish to show. Learning new waters and seasonal locations of fish will result in no fish to show until you get it figured out. I've had my share of that. Really was a struggle until I stopped fishing memories (I caught fish here before)



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    it for sure can be a beat down on new waters at times , I rarely get a goose egg when I go , but to be sure I don't always walk off with a big number in hand either when I am in unfamiliar terrain .....
    there are times it is a struggle to ketch 7 on waters I frequently visit as well ....
    some days they just do not want to cooperate ....
    sum kawl me tha outlaw ketchn whales

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamahound View Post
    It happens to the pros every tournment. Google Crappie Master Tournament Results and scroll to the bottom of any. Here's a Grenada Spring Tournament with over 40 guys without a limit, 28 without a fish to show. Learning new waters and seasonal locations of fish will result in no fish to show until you get it figured out. I've had my share of that. Really was a struggle until I stopped fishing memories (I caught fish here before)



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    I don't see the OP's name on that list, maybe he should give it a shot...
    I will say there have been very very few tournaments that I didn't have 7 fish to weigh. May not have been the 7 I wanted to weigh though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bamahound View Post
    It happens to the pros every tournment. Google Crappie Master Tournament Results and scroll to the bottom of any. Here's a Grenada Spring Tournament with over 40 guys without a limit, 28 without a fish to show. Learning new waters and seasonal locations of fish will result in no fish to show until you get it figured out. I've had my share of that. Really was a struggle until I stopped fishing memories (I caught fish here before)



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    Bama I fell off the Online Map for a moment & maybe I need to give my 2nd Tournament a shot this time picking a lake I don't know or haven't fished. If I boat 7 Fish Keepers the Crappie World will NEVER HER THE END OF IT. CNN may bump the State of the Union Telecast to interview me & people may quit fishing tournaments. Stay tuned this may be another Hold My Beer Moment in the Future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitek View Post
    I don't see the OP's name on that list, maybe he should give it a shot...
    I will say there have been very very few tournaments that I didn't have 7 fish to weigh. May not have been the 7 I wanted to weigh though...
    Scott Maybe I need to het out my system again to re-evaluate it. But with the right prep if I enter a competition I better catch 7 darn fish or I need to be home looking st YouTube Dreaming. Weather & high winds along with boat issues are the only excuse I say are acceptable. Again, maybe just may it's another Hold My Beer Moment for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnLikeU View Post
    Scott Maybe I need to het out my system again to re-evaluate it. But with the right prep if I enter a competition I better catch 7 darn fish or I need to be home looking st YouTube Dreaming. Weather & high winds along with boat issues are the only excuse I say are acceptable. Again, maybe just may it's another Hold My Beer Moment for me.
    depending on length of time at whatever spot and the need to possibly duplicate the exact just got a bite scenario , it could be a situation where 7 fish are tough , but to be very sure of this , some folks understand them fish better than others and some go way past the sidelines to ketch them , I have WAY more excuses than most folks do when I have a bad outing....
    heck more than half the time I ain't even in a boat and the weather and wind are just a small part of the why I din't ketch them excuses anyway .....
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    It happens! I can think of three tournaments in 9 years of competitive fishing we didn't come in with 7 fish. First was Cooper lake in 2016. Prefished the lake twice and had 10-11 pounds. Didn't get to fish the week of the tourney and showed up to a clear lake that was 2' lower than when I prefished. I didn't catch many fish but they were all keepers pre fishing. Went through my best area and caught 2 barely legal fish and 7-8 undersize fish! Scrambled all over the lake catching nothing and went right back to the same area and caught 2 more better fish. Looking back we never would have left that area! One was Crappie Masters at Fork in 2018. Had 12 pounds in 2 hours the day before. Weather called for strong NE winds. East in there we would have been ok. It was hard N to NW and blew us off the lake. Caught 5 and tore the trolling motor up and called it a day! Temps dropped about 35 degrees and we both got soaked! The other was Wally's tourney on Lake Hamilton in 2019. We found fish in 2 areas prefishing. Caught plenty of good fish! First day of the tourney we caught 5 of laydowns where we caught 1-1.25 fish all over but today they were dinks. I bet we threw back 150 undersized fish! Caught one nearly 2 pounds off a dock and went to weight in in the pouring rain. I was tying the boat down and about to put the cover on for the ride home disgusted and Clay walked back over and said dude leave the cover off we got to fish again tomorrow we're in 16th place! Half the field didn't catch a fish the whole week! You never know!

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