Silently trolling into the far reaches of Spring Creek on the south end of Alabama’s Lake Weiss at first light, B’n’M pro-staffer and owner of Weiss Lake Crappie Guides Darrell Baker remarks on what a crappie angler intent upon long line trolling during the winter can expect.

Southern crappie anglers are fortunate. The waters don’t freeze over and crappie anglers can get out and ply their trades without drilling holes to fish through. Just because the surface waters aren’t frozen doesn’t necessarily mean that southern crappie act all that differently from their northern cousins. So, that begs the question: Is there something to learn from guys who do fish hard water for crappie this time of year?

Unlike a lot of species of gamefish, the blue catfish has been described as having a warm spot for cold water and anglers can never find water too cold to catch blue catfish in.
Typical fall fishing across the country means learning to deal with changing water conditions. At this time of year, many reservoirs are scheduling winter level drawdowns, so you can expect those shallow water areas that held fish earlier in the year to be up on the bank of the lake.

During the fall of the year crappie fishing is frequently compared to spring fishing for slabs. The fish are leaving deeper water haunts and headed for shallower water. The problem with a spring/fall comparison is that spring crappie are headed to a known location to spawn while fall crappie are heading shallow, maybe, to find suitable water, dining arrangements, or in response to other factors.

Fall might mean pumpkins and sheaths of corn and spiced coffee drinks to some people, but to B’n’N pro-staffer Kyle Schoenherr of Oakdale, Illinois, a crappie fishing guide on Illinois’ Rend and Kincaid lakes, fall means stumps and fishing stumps flats in shallow water.
Young gun Braxton Wall and his father Rod Wall may prefer tight line or long line trolling for crappie on their home waters at Lake Greenwood during tournaments, but Braxton readily admits trolling isn’t as much fun as shooting docks for them.
In a short period of time, B’n’M Poles has established a list of top professionals in the tournament catfishing industry. At the other end of some of the best catfish rods on the market, our pros use some of the most inventive and productive catfish rigs to bring big cats to the scales.
Have the dog days of summer got you in a slump? It’s that time of year when you think - “If I can just hang on a few more weeks until the weather cools off, I can go fishing again”.

Last time, we examined how trolling during the heat of summer was a great way to both beat the heat as well as put some nice crappie in the boat. It was determined that lakes with predominately white crappie populations were best targeted by trolling 3 – 4 inch crankbaits as those fish were very susceptible to large baits wandering across open water humps and points.

Anglers think crappie only bite during the spring and fall are missing out on some prime fishing, even through the heat of summer. B’n’M pro-staffer Kent Driscoll from Nashville, TN explains that crappie will feed actively during the summer when warmer water cranks up the fishing. Driscoll said one of the best ways to locate and catch summer crappie is by trolling.

In the second of a two-part series, B’n’M Poles Catfish pro-staffer Nick Diminio explains what gear, rods, and rigs you’ll need, and how to use them to successfully bump for catfish

In the first of a two-part series, B’n’M Poles Catfish pro-staffer Nick Diminio will explain why bumping has become such a popular tactic for catching big catfish.

As we enter the post-spawn phase of crappie fishing across the country, many anglers are tempted to lose hope or worse, give up crappie fishing altogether. While not as exciting or as looked forward to as the spawn, finding and catching crappie during the post-spawn is not only possible, but in some cases, more consistent than fishing at other times of the year.

Here are a few tips and tactics that the B’n’M pros use when the party is over and it’s time to get back to everyday fishing.

After a hard fought battle on the Alabama River on April 29 - 30, the winners of the Crappie Masters Alabama State Championship are B’n’M’s father and son team of Billy and Scott Williams from Cochran, Georgia. Over the course of the two day tournament, which allowed competitors to fish both the Alabama River and Lake Jordan, the Williams team took the lead on day one with a weight of 12.35 pounds and then added a second day’s weight of 12.02 for a combined two day weight of 24.37 pounds.
Crappie anglers who have been enjoying spring days in the backs of creeks and secluded coves are about to have to turn around and face the music. Unfortunately, that music is orchestrated by strong winds that always seem to blow between the transition into spring and then over to summer.

Tight lining is deadly in that it places not just one bait but multiple baits right in a crappie’s face. It works in both deep water and shallow and some anglers, with significant trophy cases at home, do nothing but tight line all year long.

Over the past 20 years, as year round crappie tournaments grew, so did the number of rods that crappie anglers used to catch them, especially anytime of the year when crappie have moved away from the bank and suspend around submerged structure like channel ledges, brush piles and drop offs.

B’n’M pro-staffer Matthew Outlaw grew up crappie fishing under the guidance of his father, legendary crappie guru Whitey Outlaw. When he joined the national crappie circuit, Matthew had to learn to adapt from the comfort zone of his home Santee-Cooper waters and learn to fish waters all across the country. The young gun of the crappie circuit shared some tips that can be used by both tournament anglers and recreational anglers who are just looking to try a new location.

B’n’M pro staffer Kent Driscoll suggests that to understand seasonal crappie movements this time of year, all you need to do is take a look at any piece of property on dry land and it’s pretty obvious where people walk.

Southern crappie anglers are fortunate. The waters don’t freeze over and crappie anglers can get out and ply their trades without drilling holes to fish through. Just because the surface waters aren’t frozen doesn’t necessarily mean that southern crappie act all that differently from their northern cousins. So, that begs the question: Is there something to learn from guys who do fish hardwater for crappie this time of year?

Crappie anglers often have a bad habit of over complicating the sport. For generations before the modern era of sophisticated gear and tactics, a lot of the old timers caught plenty of fish by using common sense. One of the most common sense themes of crappie fishing is catch them, you first have to find them. To find crappie, you go where the food is.

Last time, Kent Driscoll introduced the new dock shooting rod, the Sharp Shooter 6 from B’n’M, now let’s put it to work on some winter boat docks.

Pro Staffer Kent Driscoll Explains Why 2016 Is Going To Be The Year of Shooting Docks And How You Can Get Started Right Now

Several years ago when B’n’M decided to make its mark in the catfishing industry, we decided that like our rods, we needed to round up the best catfishermen to put on our pro-staff so that we could supply our manufacturing partners and our customers with the latest trends and features in catfishing rods to help us make the best rods on the market and help you catch more catfish.
According to B’n’M pro staffer Kent Driscoll, finding and catching crappie in the fall is very similar to finding and catching crappie in the spring, only in reverse. The biggest difference is that fall crappie are not interested in spawning but are moving from deep water depths, where they spent the summer, to the mid-water and shallower depths to find favorable water temperatures, better oxygen content, and most importantly – food.
In the realm of sports, teams with great skill and good work ethic win championships. Such teams have won in what sports writers like to call “wire-to-wire” culminating in a championship win. The really great teams have won championships “back-to-back” spanning multiple years with their domination of a sport.

Fall fishing for crappie can be a time of feast or famine as water temperatures begin to descend as well as additional climatic factors such as lake levels, water flows, and baitfish migrations. One factor that many crappie anglers may overlook is the color of the water, or more specifically, the clarity of the water.

Pickwick Lake crappie guide Brad Whitehead has seen the world of crappie fishing move from cane pole fishing to multi rod spider rigging to trolling high dollar crankbaits. He believes that all of these methods have a time and place but one thing he has noticed on his home lake is that a lot of anglers simply over look single pole jigging for crappie in the late summer when crappie begin to move into their fall pattern.

Of all the times to be out on the water, late summertime may be the hardest on the angler. Daytime temperatures can soar into the upper 90’s and water temperatures are not far behind. Rather than get upset, B’n’M pro staffer Kent Driscoll has the perfect solution – Go crappie fishing.