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Christmas “crappietunity”!

Whether you crappie fish with a cane pole and a red and white bobber or use eight $120 graphite crappie rods off a spider rig in the front of your fancy boat, you’ll have an excellent opportunity — or crappietunity — to become better at it in Monroe this January 25 at Crappie University. The event will last from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and include lunch. Mark your calendar. Save the date.

And it’s just in time for Christmas! What better gift for your fishing friend or loved one than signing them up for Crappie University!

Louisiana Delta Community College and Bobby Garland Bait Company have teamed up to bring the popular Crappie University day of instruction to our community for the first time ever. It’s a great chance for people from Ruston, Bastrop, Monroe, West Monroe, Delhi, Columbia, all points in between and beyond to come for a day of fantastic crappie fishing instruction and more. It’s also a great chance to give young anglers a wealth of crappie knowledge all in one day.

We will cover more details later, but here’s a brief rundown of the instructors and their topics. Each one is worth the price of admission alone!

  • “Myths, Methods and Magic of Trolling … Long Lining and Moreby Lance Evans of Flora, MS: Full-time crappie guide Lance Evans is considered one of the best at trolling for crappies on Mississippi’s big slab waters of Grenada, Enid, Sardis and Arkabutla. Learn the gear and the Why, When, Where and How to troll.
  • LiveScope Unwired – A Closer Look at Game-Changing Electronics ” by Josh Jones of Sapulpa, OK: Oklahoma crappie guide Josh Jones is one of the country’s first crappie anglers to master the technology behind Garmin’s LiveScope for targeting the species. He has lots of tips on using and interpreting live scanning sonar.
  • Jig Fishing for Crappies 12 months of the Year” by Barry Morrow of Deepwater, MO: The “Crappie Coach” Barry Morrow matches his educational roots with his crappie-guiding skills to instruct anglers of all skill levels how to master one-pole jig fishing throughout the year, with many examples of personal experiences on local waters in the region.
  • Watch, Listen and Learn … The Fish Will Tell You How to Catch ‘Em by JB “Blaine” Salter Jr. of Geismar, LA: His legendary fishing dad once wrote that “We are all born not knowing anything.” Blaine paid attention well and proudly shares the old school teachings from his late father on how to keep things simple to catch more crappies in Louisiana waters.


The best deal is it only cost $99 per person and that includes a goodie bag of crappie baits worth a big chunk of your registration plus the chance to win fantastic door prizes and more! The instructors are all top notch crappie experts who can share basics about crappie fishing as well as key you in on all the latest trends and techniques. There will be extensive instruction on how to use electronics better. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you can bet you’ll pick up knowledge and tips during Crappie University that you can use to catch more fish.

You can register online at the link below at Louisiana Delta Community College. Just create an account and sign up.


And the good news, there’s no homework! But you’ll probably leave ready to hook up the boat and head out to the nearest lake to practice what you’ve learned.

Special thanks to Gary Dollahan with Bobby Garland and Chancellor Dennis Epp and his team at Delta for putting this on for fishermen in this area. I’m hoping the crappie crazy folks around here take advantage of this opportunity and pack the house! I’d bet my favorite crappie jig that you’ll get more than your money’s worth at this event!

Crappie University: Learn how to go get ’em!


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