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  1. shrapnel

    Winter Crappie Question

    Several things in thos epics besides big crappie. The fuzzy lines are in fact trolling motor interference, good call. The hard lines are the dock floats, the pic showing the right side shows a school of baitfish near bottom. I can try to make a detailed explanation pic if it would help anyone...thats actually not that good of a representation of side imaging though, I just snapped it on my phone for the size of the crappie.
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    Winter Crappie Question

    Thanks Rick!
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    Winter Crappie Question

    Maybe admin can make the forum compatible with one of the #1 photo hosts. WHat are you suposed to do currently, upload it here and then link it to the post?
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    Winter Crappie Question

    Let's try this... Nope, doesn't even work when you create a link to a specific image in google photo's. Sorry, it was a cool side imaging pic of crappie stacked under the dock I was fishing.
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    Winter Crappie Question

    It's really strange that this forum doesn't show google photo's.
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    Winter Crappie Question

    Went out for an hour tonight, found em stacked under a dock and had a blast. I caight 20+ fish, kept 8 bigger ones for a couple meals. Biggest fish were 13". Also, the bigger fish were hitting in 4 fow under the dock floats at the MOST.
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    Sous Vide question

    I ain't boilin no steak! Or any meat for that matter...lol. The cooking time looks to be 5X that a hot fire, for similar results and less flavor?
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    Winter Crappie Question

    I don't know what it is about snow, but historically it seems I have always done well when fishing while snowing. Just being a small shovel for the decks!
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    Anyone running a Lowrance Gen 2 unit?

    I'm done with Lowrance, 2 units in the last 3 yrs and problems with both of them. Think I'm gonna stick with Garmin for a while, especially with live scope on my radar.
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    Winter Crappie Question

    Anytime! I'm also starting to think the bright colored heads, pink, orange, chartreuse are producing better than black, white silver. Get ya some paint!
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    Winter Crappie Question

    A lot of fish are surprisingly shallow when water temps are in the mid to upper 40's. Drop below 45* and I think that's when winter patterns really lock in on LOZ (Each lake varies) and fish head deeper. Were still casting for them, and just a slow reel back to the boat letting the jig get down to maybe 10' at the most then burnin it back in for the next cast. Most bites were in that 3-6' range. Same if shooting docks, no need to let that jig fall more than 10' right now. Cloudy days they venture out and can be caught on the corners and middle of stalls, sunny days I prefer to shoot pretty far under something. Best spots for me lately have been close to deep water, but not over it. Our best dock yesterday was 12-15' off the deep end and our best tree was about the same, the channel was not far though.
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    Winter Crappie Question

    They're crappie. One of the dumbest, most prolific feeders in freshwater. When I get schooled by another target species I use crappie to make me feel better about myself...lol. Don't wet a line until you see a group of fish on sonar, and don't fret color too much if using jigs, if you put something, anything in front of a crappie it usually eats it. On LOZ right now the bigger fish are shallow in 48* water, like 3'-6' but fish can be caught down to 20'. I am in the camp that fish can see and line matters, even crappie so go small. 4-6lb mono is perfect or if using braid make sure to use a nice long leader.
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    Fishing Lake of the Ozarks winter drawdown stages

    Gee, Scanlon sponsored by Lucky Strike? And what draw down, she's pretty much at full pool. They dropped it almost 2.5 feet in October and I thought here we go but nope, it's been full for the last month now it seems. Thanks for the articles John.
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    A-Rig for Strippers?

    The Yumbrella is horrible! I bought 5 last fall and by the end of winter I had zero useable ones left, and several large fish lost to entire steel arms coming off of the rigs. J U N K.

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