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Last Killer Update - 6/22/14

Whoppers Of The Week 

 

Dennis Williams sent me this picture of his wife holding her biggest crappie to date. They caught it while fishing on Kentucky lake. You can visit their web site at www.midwestfc.com.

Darby Downey with some true monster black crappies. He caught these on Caney Lake in Louisiana.

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If you want to learn some of my tricks of the trade, or simply learn how and when to catch crappies, you need to see these DVD's. I have received so many great compliments on these DVD's that I continue to offer them for sale. We have reduced the price so they are truly a bargain!

Find Information On Any Lake!

Click on the big map above and it will take you to the US Water Information page. Once there you can click on any state and a list of the lakes in that state will come up. From there you can get a variety of information including some pretty decent maps. The "Hybrid" satellite map is my favorite. Click on the name of the lake and then click on the "MAPS" tab at the top of the page. You can see three different ones from there. Check this site out and I'm sure you will find it useful and fun.

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New shirts, hats, mugs, decals are all available right now. You can order your killer gear by clicking on the Crappie Killer logo in the left hand margin or just click on one of the pictures above. Profits from sales of crappie killer apparel will go to support the web site. In addition to this, donations will be made to our designated charity, The Victory Junction Gang. We will continue to add new designs and colors to our line. I thank you in advance for your support and for wearing your killer gear with pride!

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The Transition Zone

Many of you have heard me talk about the transition zone. This is the spot crappies will hang out in after they have moved into creeks and coves from the winter, but have not gone up to the shallow water to spawn yet. This short clip is from an episode that explained the transition zone, showed how to find it, and how to catch fish that are in it. Hope this helps some of you find a few more fish in early spring.

Time 

This is how your kids spell love. This is a very powerful little clip. Take just a minute to watch it - you will not be disappointed.

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6/22/14

It's been a while since I have posted much on the web site. I will apologize to all of you for that. My life has been very, very busy this last year and I haven't been spending as much time fishing as I would like to. But hopefully that is all under control now and I can get back to catching some slabs. 

Summer time - ugh right... No way man - you can still catch a lot of crappies if you change your attack and stay positive!

Everyone knows you can catch plenty of fish at night with some lights and a bucket of minnows. It's almost that simple. Anchor up under a bridge next to a pylon, or over a nice long taper main channel point or drop off, or over some structure - set your lights out drop some baits down to various depths and just relax and wait for a bite. This is a great way to beat the heat and catch some tasty crappies for a Sunday afternoon fish fry. Be careful, scout the area you intend to fish way ahead of time and go prepared. Check everything twice before you head out at night. 

But if you are like me and night fishing doesn't do it for you - get your butt out of bead early and head to the lake. Be there when the sun is coming up - zero dark thirty! Tie on some crank baits and get moving. 

Over the years I have tried them all. And quite honestly, they all catch fish. But like any lure, some just work better than others for certain species. And for me (and this is an unsolicited endorsement) the Bandit crank baits are hands down the very best for catching crappies. I use the 200 series for 6' - 10' and the 300 series for 12' - 16'. I use small diameter 8lb test line when I troll. This allows the bait to get down as deep as it can run. I use a short (30' out) and medium (50' out) and a long (70' out) cast when I troll. If I'm in tight areas where there is a lot of boats of stuff to get hung on I'll use a short cast. You can control the spread of baits a lot easier and make tighter turns. They may not run as deep but they are close and you can maintain control. 90% of the time I'm using a medium cast. At 50' out or so the baits get down to the maximum depth and I can still maintain good control. If I want to get the baits down just a little deeper I'll go with a long cast. I usually only do this when the water is super clear and the sun is shining bright all day. The boat casts a shadow and I believe fish see it and react to it. Call me crazy but if a 20' shadow swims over me in the water I get a little nervous ya' know... I put all the cranks out the same distance. This helps in turns. Make sweeping wide turns to avoid tangles. But they will happen, it's all part of it. I maintain a constant speed of 1.2 - 1.3 mph. This seems to be optimum for Bandits. You can experiment to get it just right with your favorite crank. Get a "plug knocker", they work. Trust me when I tell you that this simple device will save you a lot of money in recovered cranks.

I could go on for three pages on trolling crank baits. It's fun, easy and effective - especially in the summer time. I follow some simple rules when I'm trolling cranks in the summer time. 1) get to the lake before the sun comes up - avoid boat traffic and the heat. 2) Find the bait. Use your electronics to locate where the schools of bait or hanging out - fish there. For me that's almost always main channel flats 25' - 40' deep in the mid to upper sections of the lake. 3) fish just above the thermocline. In most lakes in the southeast that is going to be 14' - 17' deep. I run my cranks to reach just that depth - no deeper - not much oxygen below that depth. 4) Stay positive, move around a lot. If you do not catch a fish in the first pass or two - move. You can cover a lot of water in a day trolling cranks. Don't get stuck on one spot. 5) Mark your fish catches. I have found that crappies will stick to a spot all day long. Catch a fish, mark it on your gps, and go back over that area in a precise manner. Catch them until they move - then so should you. Follow this approach and you should be successful.   

You that helps you catch a bunch this summer. 

Best Fishes', 

Mark

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Rod Holders

For more than 15 years we have been building and selling what we consider to be the lowest cost, most durable rod holders on the market. All welded steel construction is the only way we do it. Our rod holders are built to last. From the one that started it all the original "Killer", came the "Shorty" and the very adjustable "ARH". All of which are priced low and designed for the crappie fisherman. Our rod holders are easy to install and easy to adjust. So when you are ready to rig your boat for trolling, drifting or tight lining - and you don't want to break the bank - check out our line of affordable rod holders. As an added bonus, every rod holder order will include a DVD of your choice at no extra charge. 

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New Crappie Killer

"ARH"

Rod Holder

With this new rod holder I have tried to address two issues in the design. The first is being able to mount the rod holder without having to drill any new holes. This rod holder gives you the option to mount it directly where your factory cleat was installed. You simply remove the cleat and use the existing holes and hardware to mount the base. Second, and probably more important, is that this rod holder was designed to be very adjustable. This is a fully articulated rod holder. Click the link below to watch a video and see what I mean!

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