Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Break Crappie Fishing

My dad almost always took me fishing on my spring break when I was growing up. We had some great times together and I want to continue the tradition with my boys. We loaded the boat and headed out Thursday morning at 3:30 am for San Carlos lake to fish for some crappie. San Carlos is about a 3 hour drive from my house. We stopped in Globe for some minnows and a license and continued on to the lake.
We got on the water at 7:00 am and had action right off the bat. Parker caught a fish right away. Paul landed another slab a few minutes later and the boys were excited. We ended up catching 3 in the first 10 minutes of fishing. We moved around and got a few more fish before the sun was up over the mountains. This was the first trip that both boys did everything themselves from baiting their jigs to hooking and landing the fish. I was in charge of tying knots and netting the fish. There were around 75-100 other boats out fishing for crappie. The boys were not shy about telling everyone how many fish they had caught and showing off their catch. We got on another good bite from 10 to 11 and Paul caught the big fish of the day. We headed off the lake around 2:30 with 15 crappie in the cooler. We ended up catching all the fish on a 2 inch Kalin grub tipped with a minnow. The water temperature started at 60 degrees and warmed up to 64 degrees by the time we left. The fishing should remain good for the next couple of weeks if we don't have any cold fronts move through. We got home and cleaned the fish and ended up with a nice sized bag of fillets. There is nothing better eating than crappie.

Paul with the big fish of the day

Parker with the first fish of the day


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