Pope's Crappie Smackdown

Discussion in 'Freshwater fishing reports' started by Pope, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. Pope

    Pope Senior Member

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    Blake and I took a short jaunt to the fish. I had a moment and he was about to explode if we didn't fish. I met a buddy and it took just an hour to put dinner on the table. The crappie are biting, for real! I wish the weather weren't turning. Blake went from soaking bait to fishing artificials last year. He proved himself again this morning.
     

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  2. Bret

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    good Job Brandon and Blake!!! nice stringer of fish..
     

  3. SkeeterRonnie

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    awesome! man!... blake is a spitting image of his daddy!! betcha you are a proud papa!! I cant wait to start popping some bobbers for hungry crappies!!
     
  4. Pope

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    Thanks fellas. I am very proud of my boy. He has endured 4-5ft heads seas on the Phat Cat for over 4 hours, stayed offshore for two days, hunted multiple times in 20ish degree weather, hunted snakes all day in the summer, camped on PINS for 3 days and never complained. He just begs to go fishing, hunting, herping (snake hunting) or whatever I do. He is a champ! I love him more than air.

    As for you Ronnie. Get the slip bobber ready! The crappie are waiting....
     
  5. wacker

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    Right on Brandon! I will remember those day with my son forever. Go do whatever whenever you can.
     
  6. Snagged

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    Brandon,
    He is one little trooper and you can be proud of him.
     
  7. Ragman

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    That second pic is priceless Brandon! His smile matches the saying on his t-shirt...and he's in shorts and dad is in a full parka! LOL

    Your and his good times and just beginning!
     
  8. Pope

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    Thanks again fellas. Yeah, the shirt was fitting. It is mine, but the wind was so tough I had to give it to him. The only thing I had left to put on was the jacket. The wind was incredible yesterday.
     
  9. awesum

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    Nice stringer ...

    I have a Crappie question. I live on the Nueces river below the dam at Lake Corpus Christi. Right now they are catching a lot of Crappie near the dam. I'm wondering if they venture down my way when spawning. I am about 4 miles below the dam.

    Guess I could grab a bucket of minners and go find out, huh? :rolleyes:
     
  10. Pope

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    Nice stringer ...

    I have a Crappie question. I live on the Nueces river below the dam at Lake Corpus Christi. Right now they are catching a lot of Crappie near the dam. I'm wondering if they venture down my way when spawning. I am about 4 miles below the dam.

    Guess I could grab a bucket of minners and go find out, huh? :rolleyes:

    I am sure they do head down the river once they are done. Give me a shout and I wil tell you how to catch them. (817) 714-2886
     
  11. jt2hunt

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    cool pics and a great son, just don't make him clean those bony things
     
  12. STx Fisherman

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    I remember my first fishing trip to Bob Hall Pier with my dad and brothers. I had my own little Penn 9M reel...(I believe that was the model)...and had already practiced casting it out in the street before the trip. I was four years old.
    Fishing has been a part of my life ever since....

    Congrats!!
     
  13. awesum

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    I am sure they do head down the river once they are done. Give me a shout and I will tell you how to catch them. (817) 714-2886

    Thanks ....I'm headed up to the big Hemorrhoid to the big fishing show at George R. Brown for Wed. and maybe Thurs. but if/when I decide to give them a shot i'll give you a call.

    I've caught bass up to 6½ pounds and catfish up to 10 pounds down there but have never tried for crappie. I'm sure there is a technique.
     
  14. shanker

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    those Penn No. 9's are AWSOME...I still use the one that my grandfather bought in the 50's and gave to me as a christmas present when I was 7 or 8.

    -Patrick
     
  15. SkeeterRonnie

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    them bony things are good when fried to a nice golden brown :) my favorite fish to eat! catching them is compable to making bait on the Big E.. but up here, thats about the best eating fish around :) you get up this ways, and I will take ya out- bait fishing ! :)
     
  16. SkeeterRonnie

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    Pope! call me tomorrow! I found some spawing black crappie on Benbrook- right outside the entrance to Benbrook marina on the north bank. they are all up in the bushes in 3-4 of water. stacked in there!!! each bush has 2-3 in it!
     
  17. SkeeterRonnie

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    i think Pope had another crappie smackdown today ;) i turned him onto a few little critters in a hole thats been held sacred for a couple months now :)
     
  18. Pope

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    Yeah, we had a smack down. Blake really learned to work the jig today. He is nearly self sufficient. We have a little detail work to be done that can only be learned through practice.
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    My shoulder may be out for now, but I can still do the fresh thing. Two things I love to catch up here. Smallmouth and crappie. Shit! I love it! Thanks for the tip Ronnie. I never made it to your hole, but may have blown by them headed to @#$%^&. Can't say where. It would give it away. Never know who is lurking.
     
  19. Pope

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    Wow, I just saw how much he has changed since last year's creek crappie season. He started artificials last year, grew a few more inches and can work the jigs so much better now that his fine motor skills have been honed. Learning to write helps for working jigs!
     
  20. Snagged

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    They grow up too fast, enjoy him while you can. Remember too soon he'll be a teenager!