Chris, I thought you were fishing by yourself Fri as I didn't see Larry. Sorry for the slight Larry.
You can see from the good reports that fishing changed a lot in the past two weeks. Usually this time of year, the water cools and mixes and the summer thermocline disappears. When that happens, fish scatter everywhere. The crappie also start to migrate to deeper water preparing for the coming winter. As some of us found out Friday morning, the fish that were there 2 weeks earlier or even the day before had moved. Fish in deeper water are less affected by the wind and water temp changes and tend to be more consistent to locate.
However, in late Oct, nothing is a sure bet.
Except, you can't catch 'em if you don't go.
If you're interested in tournament crappie fishing, CAT is a good organization to join. There are plenty of prizes and cash given away.
For the two day State Champ, over $22,000 in cash and prizes were handed out.
At Crappie Fest, over $16,000 in cash was given out.
For the seven qualifier tournaments, over $14,000 in cash was given out.
But money is not what makes CAT a great organization. The friendships, learning experiences, fishing stories and general camaraderie are priceless. And support of junior anglers is a top priority.