Hunt Smart, Fish Hard

First things first: the Western Outdoors Sport Show in Fishersville, Virginia, has been canceled for this year.

Needless to say, there is a new lure on the marke,t and it’s got me hooked. I got to have it, and I told Eric about the new lure. 

Eric told me, “Let’s get some.”

You know as well as I know on TV they show you all the big ones they catch. Once and a while, the TV host will catch a 10-inch crappie. Then put it back into the water. During the show though, 99 percent of the crappie are in the 14 to 17 inch range weighing about a pound and half to two pounds each. When they put the crappie at the end of their fingers and it goes half way or longer to their elbow, yes, I got to have that lure. You can’t even see the palms of his hand, they are so wide. Will it work? If it is anything like the ones Eric and I bought last time, yeah, they will work.

Needless to say I watched 10 more shows on crappie fishing. I got 25 taped. The one show was filmed on Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee. 

I can say over the last 20 years I have always wanted to go there and fish for crappie. Watching the host catching big slabs was almost too much to take. It was time to grab the pen and paper and start writing down the names of the lures. 

Thanks to modern technology, the internet, it was a life saver. Now it was a matter of seeing whom had the cheaper price and shipping charges. I had a list to check out. With all the lakes and ponds still covered up in some ice, I had a little time on my side. 

Most everybody knows once the ice comes off the lakes and ponds, it’s time for you to be on the water. The crappies will start to stage getting closer to the shallow waters to spawn soon. Once that water is the right temperature, the crappies make their move inward.

This week’s temperatures are to be in the mid 40s to low 50s. The ice will be off the lakes and ponds. Once again we all know that when we get three days of the same temperature, the fish turn on to feed. This time I think it’s going to work out for me. I am off from work on weekends now. Last time when this happened (ice came off the water), I was working. All I could do was think about fishing instead of going fishing.

I am looking forward to this year’s season. Eric and I kicked off the season a month ago ordering lures then Mother Nature decided to throws a monkey wrench into things. Here came the snow, ice and the cold weather. Ponds and lakes might freeze up for a few days. If you think like I do, I hope this is the last of the snow and ice for this year. Eric and I got some new lures we saw on TV and are ready to try them. 

When Mother Nature throw’s a monkey wrench into your fishing plans, it may not be a bad thing at all. 

Look at it this way they are catching fish on TV and with all those new lures! Enjoy the shows and try your new lures soon. Until next week

- H.S.F.H.-L.M. 

P.S. The Fishersville Outdoor Show has been canceled.

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