I finally got my dad to come along on a trip! He's been retired for about 8 years, but hasn't been fishing in probably 3 years. As you can imagine, we spent many hours together fishing when I was a kid, so getting to take him and put him on some crappie yesterday was a great feeling!
I also had a dear friend and coaching buddy along for the trip as well, so this was truly a special day.
We arrived at the ramp around 7:00am, and hit our first BP around 7:30am. Our first 2 stops were bamboo condos we put out last fall. They both produced 4-5 keepers each, but it was a little slow and too many dinks.
We moved to a group of older BPs that were out of the wind, which was starting to pick up a little. In reality, the wind was just right because without the breeze it would have been even hotter. Those 4-5 BPs produced about 15-20 fish and several big ones, so at that point we felt pretty good about the day. We at least had a mess to clean.
We decided to make one more move and I scanned a pile I had marked, but never fished. It was LOADED!
We tossed a marker bouy and Bam! The first drop for all three of us yielded keepers! We fished that one pile for maybe 30-45 minutes, and picked up another 25 or so keepers.
It was getting close to lunch, so I suggested we not be greedy and leave them biting. It was getting pretty hot too, so I didn't get any argument from anyone.
We had 54 keepers in the box, with a couple 2lbers and several 1.5lbers, but mostly just good box fish.
We caught fish on several colors of jig, and nothing in particular seemed to out fish another. Mostly 1/8oz hand ties. BPs were in 12-18' water. Early they were suspended 10-12' down. By 11am, they were on bottom in 16'.
Crappie are hard to predict, sometimes you hammer them and sometimes they frustrate the [censored] out of you. We were just blessed with one of those good days, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Days like THAT are why I crappie fish!!!