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BIGGEST CRAPPIE I HAVE EVER SEEN.....AND A FEW MORE! #7524664 06/01/19 10:33 PM
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I didn't fish last weekend because of the holiday weekend but I picked up where I left off 2 weeks ago this morning.

I tried to get someone to go with me but 4 people said they didn't like fishing so I went by my self again (they might not have really said that but either way they couldn't make it). grin

Anyway the boat set sail at 6am this morning and I was after only Crappie today. Couldn't find them really stacked up like they have been the last few weeks but was able to move around enough to scratch out a limit. I think the dead calm water had them a little skittish and they didn't want anything to do with a boat sitting on top of them. I still managed about 75 total but mostly small ones and a few big Sandies in the mix.

I think it was my third fish of the morning I hooked up with the biggest Crappie I have ever seen in my life. I actually thought it was a Bass until it came up. No way I could boat flip her so I dropped down to both knees and was able to lip her just as the hook popped out. Pictures flat don't do this fish justice!!! I have been fishing nearly 40 years and never seen a Crappie like this. She is just a tad shy of 18". That's a 10 pound bag of ice she is laying on so that gives you an idea of her size.

I also saw something pretty rare. I heard some splashing around behind me and thought it was Sandbass schooling. I turned around and could tell it was a pretty good size fish and it just kept thrashing around on the surface. I spun the boat around and could see a giant Bass trying to swallow a very large Crappie but it had gotten hung sideways in its mouth and couldn't spit it out. I put the trolling motor on high and started digging for the net so I could scoop her up and free the Crappie from her gills. Just about the time I was within reach she was either able to spit the Crappie or swallow it I am not sure but she swam away. I got a really good look at her and feel she was 8-10 pounds.

Ended up bringing home a limit of 11"+ Crappie and about 8-10 big Sandbass. No I don't use minners. grin

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What a toad!


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Thatís a great day right there and some fantastic eating good job


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Dang, you have posted a handful of pictures of crappie, you must have a freezer full by now. That last one was a monster.


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Originally Posted by Simple Searcher
Dang, you have posted a handful of pictures of crappie, you must have a freezer full by now.


I go through fish pretty quick. I eat fish at least once a week and I have 8 bags set aside for a July 4th fish fry. I will be eating some of the ones above tomorrow and the rest will go in the freezer. I think one more good trip and I will be set through deer season which is what I try to do since I don't fish during deer season. Im probably done with the Sandbass for now. I still have plenty of them so just focusing on Crappie now. Was going to target Catfish during the spawn but the Crappie action has been to good to mess with the Cats.

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Re: BIGGEST CRAPPIE I HAVE EVER SEEN.....AND A FEW MORE! [Re: JCB] #7524746 06/02/19 12:39 AM
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My wife says I need to go with you to learn how to fish, she is right...


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Nice haul!

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I have fished that lake over the years but never experienced your type of success. You are on fire. You need to start guiding on weekends, Justin. 2cents


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Awesome!
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That is a good one. Nice haul JCB cheers


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I think Erath might be on to something with his advice cheers

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Nice fish what lake was it caught out of?

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Yep that big girl is a slab, nice mess of fish cheers


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I quit fishing just for that reason nobody would go with me got tired of going by myself and messing with the boat........ Nice mess of Crappie.


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Another look at how giant that Crappie was. The 2 big fillets are the big Crappie. The other fillets are all nice size Sandbass. [Linked Image]

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Great mess of fish, tasty little treats, great job


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Must be that time of the year. I don't normally fish for crappie, but I take care of some hunting properties for a fella and several have ponds on them. One old fella calls me regularly to go fishing in one of the lakes/ponds and loves crappie. The past couple of weeks, he has regularly pulled out at least a 5 gallon bucket of them each time. He brought me a bag of fillets about a week ago, and they were very good !

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Dayum that looks good food


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bass eating crappie...

I feel like that crappie could probably eat a bass...


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Wow! You are da Man!

Thatís a huge crappie! I have seen one bigger - over 40 years ago and it went to the frying pan. I did not catch it.


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