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Catch more crappie

Okay, guys and gals. I’ll lay out it for you. I’ve fished with some of the best crappie fishermen in this area, some of them more than once. You folks are good. I’ve also been to several sessions of Crappie University and I can say this without question:

I don’t think there’s a crappie angler out there who could attend Crappie University and not come away a better, more knowledgeable fisherman.

So, if that’s the case, what about this coming Saturday’s Crappie University at the Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe this coming Saturday, January 25. Are you in yet? It’s gonna be a great day. And if you are going, you need to go ahead and register.

It cost $99 for the day of instruction, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. including lunch. The easiest way to get signed up is to call Vickie White at the school, 318-345-9278, to register.

Right now, there are about 50 folks registered, but I hope that number doubles early this week. Whether you are a seasoned fisherman or just wanting to learn the basics to get started, this event will help you. I might stretch the truth about the size of the fish I catch, but there is no stretch to this — Crappie University is worth the time and money! They are about to start biting and what you learn here will help you put more in the livewell. It’s the first time for Crappie U to pick Monroe as one of it’s stops. Let’s show them we care and fill up the boat, er ah….I mean classroom!

Here are the four biggest reasons why it’s gonna be a good day. All four of these instructors are worth the price of admission alone, much less combined as a group.

  • Myths, Methods, and Magic of Trolling … Long Lining and More” by 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 Crappie 12 months of the Yearby 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 ‘Emby 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.
Clockwise from upper left — Evans, Jones, Salter and Morrow

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