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    Default Slab-tastic, Crappie Weekend

    Took my bro out for his first time fly fishing. His favorite fish to catch is bass so I figured Barren Lake would be a good fit. Well, the bass were no where to be found until sunset when I managed 3. Couldn't figure out why the bass weren't biting. Usually the lake is a bass factory! Fishing was actually pretty slow all day though.

    I started out with 2 skanky, pike. Then one decent walleye in the 20" range. Then we started into the crappies!!!

    I had caught some big ole slabs outta the lake before but never consistently. We ended up finding a school and pulled out some big ole jokers!




    First one was 14.5"! My bro asked why I wasn't overly excited about the fish!? I said cuz it wasn't a 15", that my goal was to bag a 15". BOOM! Not a minute later, I land a 15". lol



    My bro got his first fish on a fly rod, a 14.75" crappie! Not too shabby! He then "caught" a perch later on. He didn't even know it was on his line. lol. He brought it up and went to cast. lol




    He was only able to get the one, I think I got 6, and nothing under 14". They were all post-spawn; ripped up fins, skinny, still had their spawning colours.





    The weather was bright and sunny all day and I couldn't figure out why the bass weren't biting. :-/ I was more happy with catching the crappies though, I just wanted my bro to get a chance at a couple bass.

    Was quite a number of cahill mayflies coming off and sitting on the water.




    Nick

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    Default Re: Slab-tastic, Crappie Weekend

    cool.

    What camera are you using?

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    Default Re: Slab-tastic, Crappie Weekend

    Nikon AW100

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    Default Re: Slab-tastic, Crappie Weekend

    Looks like it was a great day!
    - Rick

    "A leader with great passion and few skills always outperforms a leader with great skills and little passion." Chief Rick Lasky

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    Default Re: Slab-tastic, Crappie Weekend

    I catch crappie all the time. Most of the time when I don't want to. If i caught ones that size I would be happy. Great fish there! You have skills.

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    Default Re: Slab-tastic, Crappie Weekend

    Nick: That looks like a lot of fun. I love Crappie fishing but have never caught one the size you guys were landing, congrats! Strange how the bass were off the feed.
    Larry


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