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Old 05-29-2013, 12:04 PM
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Default Monster crappie on my 2wt

I hit the local reservoir on the way home from work yesterday, and had a good haul of small-medium crappie and small-medium bluegill. It was getting pretty dark and the action had slowed to all but nothing but I was itching to get 1 more fish. Finally, I hooked into another bluegill that I told myself would be the last of the day. Looking at the small size of the bluegill, however, I thought I'd throw one last cast out there. When my fly came into vision, I decide to pull it out and call it quits. Right before I did so, I saw a good sized fish turn away right before striking.I quickly flicked the small leech pattern out a few feet, gave it a twitch, gave it another twitch, then saw a light flash. I pulled the line hard and sure enough had a fish on. I then realized that it was a BIG fish (comparatively to my fly and rod size). After a minute, the crappie was close enough to pull out. I had 6lb tipper on and as soon as I grabbed it and lifted the fish out of water, it promptly snapped. My heart sank, all was lost (including my fly). My eyes then lowered and I was surprised to see the fish (obviously not the smartest one I've ever caught) still sitting there, fully submerged but not moving. I quickly reached down, grabbed him around the back, and lifted him out, fly in mouth. After a few quick pictures (the best of which are below) I released him back into the urban wild to fight another day.


The pictures don't do him true justice. But he was over a foot and definitely a couple of pounds.
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That dwarfs your rod and reel...how adorable. I need a 2wt.

I caught a monster crappie like that a couple years back, about 15". I thought it was a turtle at first it didnt want to move at all.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:33 PM
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Should have taken a picture while holding the middle of it, that's when I really noticed how big it was.
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Nick, that's an awesome story & a really beautiful Crappie, especially on a 2 wt!

I've caught 1 Crappie in my entire life that was huge! It was 18", caught in a small pond while fishing for bass. It hit a balsa popper made on a 2/0 size hook, on an 8 wt. I had caught 5"-8" crappies in that pond, but never dreamed such a fish could be in there! That was many, many years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I've caught a few since that were in the 10" to 12" range on spinning tackle, but most have been 8" or under on flies.

Again, great post!
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Default Re: Monster crappie on my 2wt

This is by far the biggest one I've ever caught. I wasn't even aware that they got this big. I was so sad when the line broke and so happy when the fish didn't chose to capitalize on the opportunity.

Also forgot to mention that the fly I caught it on was tied on a size 12 hook. I was very surprised it even managed to stick in its mouth.
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Congrats on a good day. Crappie can get to be 16" and over 3lb, but those are somewhat on the rare side. People in MS catch 14"+ and 2lb'rs all the time. Bet that one bent the 2wt a lot.
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