They go by names like Docwaldo, Fishervet, TreeFrog, Shadow, BilliBob, Prefers Shiners, PawPaw Gene, Freebird, Southern Chuter. Even Slab! I’m not sure how many of them there are.
But they share one thing for sure- they love crappie fishing and having a good time. Some fish in big fiberglass rigs and some fish in small aluminum craft that would take on water over the bow if I sat on the front seat to scull. They fish shallow and they fish deep. They use jig poles, mini-casts, cane poles. From reading their posts the past year or so, they are some good crappie fishermen.
They are the crappie.com‘ers.
They seem like a salty old bunch. But more than likely, they’re just salt of the earth type guys. They are followers and contributors to the website, crappie.com.
And they’ll follow a good crappie fishing trip just about anywhere. This fall, they are holding their annual gathering at the fabulous Lake D’Arbonne State Park October 24, 25 & 26. And as you’d expect, they’ll be staying in cabins, campers, tents and maybe even a couple out under a picnic table somewhere. There aren’t any rules — just have fun, eat well and be nice. How can you beat that?
If you want to find out more, join (it’s free) or just check out crappie.com, just go to their site online. If you want to find what we’ve written about crappie.com just type that in the “search bar” on the home page of lakedarbonnelife.com and pick one.
Crappie.com has a home page with all kinds of crappie fishing stories and reports and has numerous state forums. They share fishing information, photos, tales (of which I am sure all are true) and occasionally rib each other!
If you want to find out more about the D’Arbonne gathering, go to crappie.com; click on “forums”; scroll down to Louisiana and “click” again. I guess for this site, “tap” might be a more proper term than click!. And a word of advice to some of my fellow red-neck fishing buddies or cajun buddies. Don’t try to go to whiteperch.com or sacalait.com. That’s an empty hook. Gotta go crappie on this one.
Personally, I can’t wait to go to my first fellowship with more of this crew. Mainly so I can find out how to become a proud member of TEAM GEEZER! I think I’m qualified! Okay, maybe it is also to get to meet some more of these folks and eat some fantastic food, too.
The “food thread” on the Louisiana FORUM is already looking good — blackberry cobbler, quail eggs, fried quail (I feel a discussion coming — which came first, the quail or the egg….), all kinds of cakes, baked beans and brisket, deviled eggs, chicken/sausage gumbo, onion rings, etc. etc.
There’s a big pot luck supper on Friday night and everybody contributes fish from their trips for a fish fry on Saturday night. Everybody signs up to bring something so there is plenty of food. That’s why I’m warning them now that I’m coming. Okay fellas, you got three months to stock up. Tell the quail to get busy!
More to come on this, I’m sure! If any of you crappie.comers out there want to share more information about yourself, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to know more about you!