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    In so many ways crappie fishing either builds or reveals character- and I think this is especially true when we are teaching women and children to respond to the thump in the appropriate manner ( try to break the fishes neck). Same goes with reacting to a bobber or to line movement etc.. Somehow when I intro a buddy to crappie fishing and I watch him sleep thru a bite it's funny but when my wife does the same- it's character building . When our kids were small I didn't have a lot of time for fishing but I really wanted them to love it so I hired a guide once or twice each summer to insure success for them on the water. Most of those guides I really admired for their patience with my kids even when a fish ran sideways thru 4-5 drop shot rigs! Our favorite was Melvin Underhill on Eufaula who loaded his pontoon with kids, Zebco 33's and minnows every July and helped us catch hundreds of crappie and SB in 40fow. He told stories, gave my kids train whistles and untangled lines with perfect patience. I miss Mr. Underhill and whatever I tipped him it wasn't enuf. So when I see guys post pictures of women and children I often think about the fun and frustration and love that those pictures represent and I know that the posters didn't get to fish near as much as the postees on that day! But I also know that there are few things more gratifying than teaching. I really enjoy the pics that guides, husbands, fathers and Grandfathers post and of course Ledge is kind of a hero that way. So I'm hoping that others will post more of the same on this family site. This one is from yesterday when Crappie Cooker and I caught 54 in about 3 hours. Her hook set is getting better and her coconut crappie is perfected.

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    "Somehow when I intro a buddy to crappie fishing and I watch him sleep thru a bite it's funny but when my wife does the same- it's character building ."
    'bout fell out of my chair when I read that! LOL

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    Very nice post C2, I appreciate it.
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    awesome post. thanks for the enjoyable read.
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    Very nice, Thanks.
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    Great report
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    Great post, Cc. It brought back a lot of fisherman-in-training memories, starting with a couple of female cousins and their friends when we were kids (they loved catching fish, but not a one of them would touch a worm or a fish).
    MontanaBoy was the quickest learner, becoming an expert at age four, as he caught 6#-7# trout on 4# test line while ice fishing.
    My little sister was a teenager when I first took her out trolling cranks. Her first fish was a 7.5# trout. She tried to give me the rod, exclaiming that she could never catch such a "huge" fish. I made her keep the rod, and after it was netted, she was all but claiming that she was the greatest fisherman alive. The mountains are still echoing with her excited yelling as she caught each fish.
    One of the joys in life is taking kids from the church youth group out fishing, especially the ones from broken homes, whose mothers use Wednesday night as a free babysitting night. We have had adults (that we didn't recognize) come up to us and thank us for counseling them and taking them fishing when they were kids.
    As to the "sleep through a bite", try teaching people to read a crappie bite on a slip cork when there is a breeze, and you are "bouncing" the jig in deeper water. Years ago, my daughter's boyfriend (now husband) wanted to learn slip corking. As I swung on the first bite, he wanted to know why I set the hook. Of the 18 fish I caught that day, he only saw one bite (the only one that gave a sharp pull). He never did get the hang of reading that very subtle variation in the rise and fall of the cork.
    Again, always enjoy your posts Cc. And ledge is definitely in his own class in the treat-a-kid world.
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    Great post C2. Would Crappie cooker like to share her coconut crappie recipe by chance? Sounds good!
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    Mix an egg with coconut cream or milk to dip the filets in- then roll in a mixture of shredded coconut. Bread crumbs and corn meal. She puts True Lime powdered lime/cilantro/garlic and Tony's in the dry mix. Then fry up your golden nuggets of glory. I want to try it with just coconut flakes as a coating but imagine the sugar may burn too quickly if I do. It's the coconut cream that imparts a real distinctive flavor tho- not the dry coconut.
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    Gunna try this!

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