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Editor's Note: If you want to find buried treasure, you have to search for the places other treasure hunters have overlooked. You must use research others haven't discovered. You must develop a method of searching for and finding the treasure all those who have failed haven't used. "To find the biggest crappie in any lake, you've got to fish the spots no one else knows about with a method no one else uses at a time of year when no one else fishes," says Gaston Jordan of Alexander City, Alabama. Jordan catches the most crappie during the hot summer months by fishing the bottom of any lake in the middle of that lake. A lone soul anchored down in a small boat in a vast expanse of water seems out of place on a large lake as water-skiers and Click to enlargetournament bass fishermen race by on both sides. The men in these big boats must wonder if Jordan has lost his mind. But from May through September, Gaston Jordan finds the big slab crappie that most other anglers don't catch.

"Crappie only spawn in shallow water for about two weeks when the water temperature hits 65 to 70 degrees. If you aren't on the lake fishing when the water temperature in the shallows reaches that range, then you may miss the spawn. However, before and after the fish spawn, and even while they spawn, you can catch a large number of crappie on deep-water humps in most lakes." Jordan tends to catch bigger crappie on his deep-water places for several reasons. Click to enlargeThese crappie rarely, if ever, see a bait other than Jordan's. Also no one constantly harasses them like they do bank crappie. Too, the crappie remain on these sites for most of the year, unless they're caught during the spawn in shallow water.

"I also catch the biggest crappie of the year in the summer months after everyone else has quit fishing because most people don't understand what the crappie do after they spawn," Jordan comments. "Most everyone knows crappie leave the shallow water and move back to the deep water. However, when the fish swim to deep water, they begin to feed heavily to build their bodies back up after the spawn and to develop a layer of fat for the winter. During the summer, you'll find crappie generally larger in size than at any other time of the year. Since crappie experience very little fishing pressure from June to September, they can feed as much as they want, get fat and not get caught by anyone but me."

Click to enlargeMany anglers improve their crappie fishing by planting brush. But some people don't know how to build a good crappie hot spot on a lake. "To have a tree that attracts crappie, you need to sink that tree in an area with no other cover around on which the crappie can hold," Jordan explains. "Don't submerge two or three trees in the same place, because several trees in one region don't seem to hold as many crappie as one isolated tree will."

For more information about how to find and catch crappie, order "The Masters' Secrets of Crappie Fishing" by John E. Phillips by calling (800) 627-4295, using PayPal or sending a check or a money order for $13.50, which includes shipping and handling, to 4112 Camp Horner Road Birmingham, AL 35243. You can learn more by visiting


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Day 1 - Where to Fish for Crappie
Day 2 - More on Where to Fish for Crappie
Day 3 - How to Fish for Crappie
Day 4 - More on How to Fish for Crappie
Day 5 - What Tackle & Lures to Use





Entry 257, Day 2