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Fishing Report, 12-18 Jun
Updated: Thu Jun 21, 2018
Fishing report, 12-18 Jun. The Crappie Anglers of Texas (CAT) had their big tournament at Lake Palestine Saturday 16th. They had 47 boats in the contest.In their contest arrangement each boat is a team, can have either one or two players on board, and a team can enter only 7 crappie. Almost all of the boats were 2-person, and all of the teams that went out brought in fish for the weigh-in. A difference between a bass tournament and a crappie one is that crappie clubs do not require that the fish be alive at the weigh-in, nor are they catch and release. All of the fish weighed in went to be "dinner guests" somewhere, with a few people waiting at the end of the weigh-in line with coolers to take fish.CAT also divides the club into two divisions, to even up the completion a little. One of the divisions is for the less experienced and one is for those that either have won prizes during the past seasons or are guides or "professionals".In a crappie tourney, with a 7 fish weigh-in limit, the goal is double-digits, 12 pounds or more, with a big fish weighing at least 2 lbs. In this event the average winning weigh-in weight was closer to 8 1/2 lbs, and big fish winners were less than 1.8 lbs.Most fish were caught on soft plastic jigs, but quite a few were landed using minnows.I talked with several of the contestants afterwards, and they offered some insights that a lot of us can use.They said that they target the white crappie, because they grow larger and longer than the black crappie, and that these are the fish that hang out around "brushpiles" and tree trunks during the warm season. They also said that they were disappointed in the crappie coming out of Lake Palestine right now: they are skinny, the skin tears easily, and the meat can be thin and soft. They attributed this to the sudden onset and continuation of the warm water. Many were also positive that this year's spawn was a good one, but I am not convinced of that, I am just cleaning too many fish still having eggs, eggs that are brown and being absorbed.hing report, 12-18 Jun.
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