That's Mr. Crappie Pole to You
by Alan Luecke
(Kansas City, MO)
A cold front cut off the serious spring crappie spawn before I could get out, but some action was still to be had at James A. Reed Conservation Area, a complex of beautiful small lakes on the southeast corner of the KC metro area.
There were a few folks around using minnows and jigs under bobbers. The Kiyose 43MF with a white Killer Bugger was catching fish faster with a lot less hassle. The takes were very soft. When the line straightened a little a snap of the wrist would set the hook.
This nice bass and some bluegill also liked the Killer Buggers. Walking along the shore with my rod and a small gear bag seemed almost like cheating compared to the people working so hard with all the bait, bobbers, coolers and buckets.
Walk softly and carry a long stick. - Teddy Roosevelt (almost)
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.