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Thread: Got on some spawining slabs.. new PB crappie, too

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    Default Got on some spawining slabs.. new PB crappie, too

    There's a little county water reservoir near me, electric-only, no development, 380 acres, beautiful, even has bald eagles hanging about. I've caught a few crappie in there, even though the guys working there say they were never stocked, the crappie in there are from when they dammed the creek. There are a ton of bass, and a lot of pressure for those. I pleasantly discovered it had big shellcrackers and some huge crappie, but until this week I've never caught more than one or two scattered slabs at a time.
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    I went in my Nucanoe kayak Wed morning to try out a new JDM rod and see if the shellcrackers were on bed yet. I took only the UL gear. On the way to a spot where a creek flows into the lake and I was planning to fish for bream, I stopped to throw a trout magnet on a small Daiwa JDM (1.5g) jig and see If I could catch a small bass to put my new rod thru the paces. What bit the jig was a large slab crappie.
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    2 hours later I was still cramming slabs into an overstuffed Playmate cooler, and taking out the ice to make room for more fish.
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    When the bite slowed on the trout magnet, I tied on a 1/32 hand tied jig by Perry Pippinger at Moonshine Jigs, a gray color with tinsel called "Elmo" named for Richard Gene. I caught a new personal best crappie, 15.5" long, and weighed later 2 lb 4 oz.
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    I kept 17 including he big one, and had no more room in the cooler, so I caught & released about 10 more, and called it a day.
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    This morning I went back, and the crappie were still there, so I caught a few more.. again on the trout magnet with JDM jig. Later I went looking for bream and caught this:
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    It was tricky getting him released, he was angry and striking at my kayak, but I managed to get the hook out of his foot with my pliers without getting chomped. He was about 2' dia, and it was lucky getting him to the boat on 4 lb mr crappie.

    I went looking for more spawning crappie and found 'em right before I went home. I marked a waypoint, yes sir I did, you betcha. I will be back there ASAP. I ended up with another fine mess of SLABS.
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    I had a long cleaning session today and ended up re-stocking on crappie filets for a while, I took some of the odd pieces and fried em' up for a sammich. I'm getting better with the new Bubba electric filet knife, but I botched a couple getting the hang of it.
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    "Alive without breath, as cold as death; never thirsty, ever drinking, all in mail never clinking."
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    Good days there.

    Small water fishing is awesome at times.
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    Great catch!
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    These county reservoirs are a treasure - clean water, steady levels, no pleasure boats or water lice, much less pressure than the bigger lakes. This one is 20 minutes from my house - about the same as to the nearest Lanier ramp. Guess which one I fish the most?
    "Alive without breath, as cold as death; never thirsty, ever drinking, all in mail never clinking."

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    Great job!
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    I know it's not Lanier but you will figure it out. Nice catch!!!
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    Nice catches! Were the shellcracker bedded up? There are some nice bass in there too, real nice.

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    Not yet. I think they are moving shallow in preparation for spawn. Today I caught a bunch and kept 12; the females had eggs, the males were dark but not peeing yet. One of those nice bass broke my JDM rod today.
    "Alive without breath, as cold as death; never thirsty, ever drinking, all in mail never clinking."

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    Tuff break on the rod, hate to have that happen without a fish in hand. thanks for the update on the bream

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    Use to catch a mess of crappie at Cedar Creek but got to lazy to paddle the boat

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