Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

April 27, 2013

This crappie came out of 20′

fk_crappie_041013When you might assume the crappie are in shallow water

this guy shows up in 20′ of water.

In the area were several balls of shad.

The wind was howling which prevented

fishing the area for any length of time.

April 23, 2013

Caught a 30# Carp while Strolling for Crappie

(This fish was caught by my good friend, Albert Nunez.   He 
tells us the story of how the fish was caught and released.)
 "I caught this fish Easter weekend Sunday afternoon in Mill Creek 
while Crappie fishing with a friend.  The fish hit a 1/16 oz. black 
and Chartreuse Shiny Hinny jig while strolling for Crappie. 
Using a 7' Sam Heaton crappie rod, rigged with a Diwa spinning reel, 
strung with 6lb. P-line., it took between 15 to 20 minutes to land
 the fish. About half way through the fight the fish came close to 
the surface and my friends statement was I need a bigger net.
 After landing the fish we ran to my friend's house to take pictures.
 He could not believe that I caught the fish on 6lb. line. 
Use P-line is all I could tell him. I do not know what the fish weighed,
 probably around 30lbs.+, all the scales we had were not big enough. 
 I released the fish at my friends dock and after a few minutes in 
the water she swam off."

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The Toledo Bend Lake record is 53.5 pounds which is also the State of 
Texas Record.
Most likely this fish would have be a 6 Pound Line Class World Record.
Notice that Albert said they were "Strolling for Crappie".  Strolling has
become a very popular method of crappie fishing on Toledo and a very 
effective method of catching crappie.   Fishermen who troll use
the outboard motor. Fishermen who stroll use the electric troll motor.
Strolling seems to keep your lure in the pay zone longer than casting 
and retrieving. In areas free of brush, you can use more than one rod
with various lure colors and weights.

March 6, 2013

good crappie fishing on Toledo just around the corner

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With the north wind howling

I was able to catch several nice crappie

in 12 to 15 foot of water on hair jigs.

The bite was slow but steady.

Surface temperature … 57*

February 19, 2013

Grandson Garrett loves to catch crappie

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February 15, 2013

Johnny can catch those Toledo Bend crappie

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He found these nice crappie in deep water grass.

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Cold fronts with north wind move the crappie our just a little deeper.

February 12, 2013

Toledo Bend Crappie are turning on

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David is one of our neighbors and he proudly shows off a couple

of Toledo Bend crappie.

Using his favorite crappie jig,

he caught a near limit of slabs.

April 10, 2012

gator on toledo bend lake

this gator wants that bobber

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he’s got both eyes on the bobber

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nearly time to attack

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crunch

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now it belongs to me

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thanks Martha for the gator photos

December 13, 2011

Crappie Bite is Hot

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The lake level is down.

Difficult to get up the creeks.

But low water makes easy fishing in tributaries.

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A limit of 25 crappie ready to be filleted.

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These fillets will now be seasonal and dip in meal.

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Seasoned and ready for the freezer.

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Frozen into fish strips.

Ready for the grand-kids.

Sure makes it is to cook fish.

October 5, 2011

aw yea!

When the screen on your graph looks like this, aw yea!

Those are fish and lots of them.

You are never sure what kind of fish until you drop your lure in the water.

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first cast yields a bar fish.

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next is a white bass

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and then a crappie.

I also caught black bass and small mouth bass in same area.

July 11, 2011

crappie are biting for these folks

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Aunt Dorothy is showing the crappie she and

son, Marlon caught on July 4th.

These are Toledo Bend Lake crappie caught in deep water brush piles.

Should they give me the exact location,

I’ll publish with a map if you readers will keep it a secret.

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