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