Bream and crappie fishing are two of the most popular outdoor sports that many outdoors enthusiasts cut their teeth on as children. Remember back to the very first time someone introduced you to the outdoors and it’s very likely you were sitting on a dock or pier hoping to catch a bream, crappie, or even feisty catfish.
When the scales finally settled on Saturday, October 21 at Captain Ron’s Entertainment Complex at Lake of The Ozarks, two veteran B’n’M pro-staff teams emerged as the inaugural Champions and Team Of The Year for the American Crappie Trail.
B’n’M pro-staffer Scott Williams said during the springtime across his native Georgia, everyone is a crappie fisherman. However, when the excitement of the spawn wears off and the summer has come and gone, other pursuits like deer hunting and college football take over the calendars of a lot of outdoors-oriented folks, leaving crappie fishing a distant memory.
B’n’M pro-staffer Tom Mundy from Laurens, SC never met a bridge he didn’t like. If that bridge crosses a body of water that has crappie in it, he loves it even more.
As summer fades to Fall, B’n’M pro staffer breaks out his trusty jog pole and heads for the bushes to catch slab crappie.

During the dog days of summer, chasing flathead catfish is a great way to find some action.

Two crappie anglers who have revolutionized the tactic of tight line trolling are B’n’M pro-staffers Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman.
B’n’M pro-staffer Bob Crosby concentrates much of his trophy catfishing efforts on deep holes located around wing dikes on the Mississippi River.
Most anglers have heard that bluegills will spawn all summer long. Go to Reelfoot Lake and Billy Blakley will prove it to you.
B'n'M Pro Staff member John Harrison inducted into the Mississippi Outdoor Hall of Fame!
Crappie are moving into their summer patterns this month and to be successful means knowing and understanding which line to use to catch them.

The folks at B’n’M Poles are dedicated to helping your find and catch more crappie this season and that’s the reason why we maintain a roster of the best professional tournament anglers and fishing guides to show our customer’s the best tips and tactics to help them wherever they fish.

B’n’M Pro Staffer Matt Morgan not only loves to fish for crappie, he’s also fearful of the image the sport has come to provide to other anglers. Morgan has been a competitive tournament angler for several years and said that designing a better, more efficient way for anglers to compete while also changing the image of the sport has been on his mind for some time.

The outdoors has typically been considered a male-dominated sport. Ask most guys where they learned their love of the outdoors and they’ll point to a father, uncle, or grandfather who taught them how to fish, how to hunt, and a passion for all things outside.
With the mostly mild winter conditions this year and the arrival of spring on the horizon, many crappie anglers are itching to get out and catch some slab crappie. At this time of year, crappie transition from being a deeper, mostly open water fish to a shallow water, cover filled jungler loving fish

With the Spring Fishing season right around the corner, many anglers are getting the boat ready to head out to the lake and do some crappie fishing. But one of the most fun and addictive ways to catch big, slab crappie is to chase after them on foot.

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.