With a few hours to kill before my wife came home from work, I decided to take a ride in search of a few crappie for dinner.
I arrived to the pond a little before 4 pm and punched 6 holes in the area that usually holds a few decent crappies, perch, and pumpkinseed. The first hole I fished was the most productive of them all producing many perch and a few seeds. I fished around those holes for and hour or so without a crappie sighting so I decided to make a small move. I had found a nice weed flat adjacent to deep water this summer and thought I would punch a few holes on the inside turn. I cut two holes and dropped the transducer for my Vexilar FL-18 down the hole. I was met with 12 feet of water, this is usually a little shallower than I thought the crappie would be holding in this pond but I have it a shot. I usually don’t fish a hole in deep water for crappie unless I’m marking suspended fish, but thinking to myself that I wasn’t really in deep water I should drop my bait down and see what happens. My bait reached three feet under the ice and I was all of a sudden marking a big red racing up towards it. I was using a Bentley tungsten jig with Maki Plastics. The fish literally pounded the bait and out came crappie number one. The times in the past when I have fished this body of water had been slow but productive. I had never caught more than one crappie out of a hole and I had never caught more than six in an outing. Well to make a long story short the next 45 minutes ended up being the best crappie fishing I have ever had in my life in terms of numbers, aggressiveness of the fish, and overall quality. It was stacked with fish, they were marking from 5 feet all the way down to 12 feet of water, and they were hungry. At one point my plastic ripped off and I was catching 11 inch crappie on nothing other than the glow jig. I iced 52 crappie in about 45 minutes of fishing, and that was even with a stop to teach a local about the Vexilar.
It was a fantastic outing, one of best I have experienced. I hope to get back there for a morning bite to see if the fish are as aggressive as they were that night. The best part was that I managed a limit for the freezer and still made it home in time to clean fish and await the arrival of my wife.