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#11725589 - 07/15/16 10:52 PM I HATE releasing crappie!
jp24 Offline

Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 110
Loc: Texas
In the middle of selling the house and moving to Cedar Creek, I needed a break. Hitched up the G3 and went to Lavon. What an absolutely beautiful evening! The Blue Herons were loving the glass-like water almost as much as me.

Tied off to a few trees and boated seven nice keepers, and threw back a dozen dinks. Most in 10-12 FOW, anywhere from 6-12 feet deep. Black and chartreuse worked best.

When the sun went down, I had a decision to make: Keep 'em, and aggravate my wife, who's preparing the house for two showings in the morning and wouldn't appreciate the cleaning process ... or release 'em.

Much as it pained me, I did the right thing wink

#11725603 - 07/15/16 11:16 PM Re: I HATE releasing crappie! [Re: jp24]
feagins28 Offline

Registered: 03/14/14
Posts: 96
You got a good chewing out and a belly full! xD

#11725616 - 07/15/16 11:44 PM Re: I HATE releasing crappie! [Re: jp24]
jp24 Offline

Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 110
Loc: Texas
Well, heck. I wasn't clear!

I released 'em. No chewing out and no full belly.

#11725642 - 07/16/16 01:05 AM Re: I HATE releasing crappie! [Re: jp24]
CypertJ Offline

Registered: 11/22/08
Posts: 263
Loc: Canton, Tx
I would have been chewed out for not bringing any fish home. Lol
You can kill a fly with a sledgehammer,
But do you really need to son???

#11725663 - 07/16/16 04:42 AM Re: I HATE releasing crappie! [Re: jp24]
Slewfoot Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/27/02
Posts: 2391
Loc: E Texas
Its bad karma to throw back crappie!!! Cleaned a mess yesterday. Hopefully can find some of their friends today. Drove too far to not bring home any groceries!! fish

#11725703 - 07/16/16 06:49 AM Re: I HATE releasing crappie! [Re: jp24]
Gamblinman Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 2326
Loc: Yantis, TX
I used to feel the same way about throwing crappie back till I lost a freezer several years ago. I was sick that I had to throw so many bags of crappie away. Unless I'm planning a fish fry, I only keep a few of the choice 11 and 12 inch fish. I like the taste of the smaller fish and they fry quick and stay crispy. I date my bags of filets and keep them rotated, eating the oldest fish first.


#11726613 - 07/16/16 07:19 PM Re: I HATE releasing crappie! [Re: jp24]
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Registered: 01/21/01
Posts: 6576
I release almost all of mine or give them to whoever I'm fishing with. I kept 6 this morning for dinner tonight. Boy are they good fresh caught.

Fishing at Lewisville should be terrific for a couple of years. Lake is full of small fish due to high water There's lots of big fish there but you have to sort thru a lot of small ones.

P.O. Box 118020
Carrollton, Tx 75011

972-245-9311 Crappie Anglers of Texas


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