Hit Grapevine with my daughter this morning intending to work a deep (28'-32') rock outcrop that had been producing good fish a couple of weeks ago on 3" Bonehead jigs. We got there and no fish. Moved on to plan B and hit some brush piles in about 20' and hardly a fish to be had. Could see fish, but just got pecks and only a few small takers. After pile number 4, I thought about what Mr. Paty said about him and Mr. Skinner needing to finesse the fish on Lewisville, so we switched to 1.25" Crazy Anglers in sour grape on 1/24oz jig heads.
Using 10# braided and a 6# mono leader, it was all we could do to get the jigs down to the pile. Worked above and along the edges with out any luck. Finally, I started dropping right down into the pile and BINGO. Started catching fish. First a 10 then a 12 closely followed by a couple of 11s then a 13 and then another couple of 11s. These where followed by a few dinks and just legal fish.
By now, it was Late morning and getting hot. We had set out to catch dinner for tonight, and kept those 7 fish from than run when we switched to finesse rigs.
Mr. Paty, I have never had the pleasure to meet you, but wanted to thank you for your willingness to share information. It has helped me personally to become a decent Crappie fisherman over the last few years. I don't want to know another mans spots. That will only help me for a day or two on a given lake. What I cherish is logic and strategies to try and grow my knowledge. The TFF is full of info, but what you are willing to share is some of the best.