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ZMan Micro Finesse

“When you build baits with ElaZtech,” suggests Jolee Myers, Operations Manager for Z-Man Fishing, “it unlocks a whole other horizon of bait shapes, sizes and performance. That’s just some of the sorcery behind Z-Man’s Micro Finesse system—an emerging series of super soft, vibrant, fish catching baits created with 10X Tough ElaZtech®.” Beginning three years ago, Z-Man undertook the challenge of crafting five micro-sized bait profiles, each tailored to fish seamlessly with a namesake Micro Finesse ShroomZ™ jighead. “This spring, we…

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Anglers Crappie Fishing at Night

by Keith Sutton As summer draws nigh, the weather gets more and more sultry. And the sultrier it gets, the more likely crappie are to shift the bulk of their feeding activities to the wee hours of the night. It’s important, therefore, for hot-weather anglers to understand the ins and outs of night-fishing. These tips can help. Choosing the Right Night Light Lights placed around dockside brushpiles attracted these crappie for Arkansas angler Josh Sutton. (Photo: Keith Sutton)  Lights are…

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Crappie Lures

Run a search for ‘new panfish baits’ and you quickly realize the internet could stand to rethink its definition of new. Blame Wikipedia. Or Virgil Ward (j/k) Either way, appearing on screen are a whole lot of old feathered jigs, rubber tube baits and twistertail grubs—not to mention the odd antique inline spinner. All proven crappie and panfish baits, no doubt. If we’re being honest, though, panfish anglers (over 8-million strong) deserve to benefit from the same level of lure innovation…

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by Tim Huffman Stover Missouri is home to the new American Crappie Trail Angler of the Year, Kyler Beckmann. He and his father, Shannon, started chasing the title and fished together through the Grenada tournament. Their journey took a sad turn, however, when Shannon suddenly died. The tragedy led Kyler to continue to pursue their goal as he fished by himself the remainder of the circuit season. Beckmann is a full-time guide in Missouri. Sponsors include RaceTrac, Edgar Rods, Lucas…

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Angler Lands Giant Crappie

Few angling pursuits are as humble, simple and enjoyable as spring panfishing. We conjure images of bobbers and docks, spawning fish in the shallows, and plain presentations that always seemed to work from the depths of our childhood memories. For most of us, panfish is where it all started. But that’s not to say that the game is static, or that we haven’t come a long way from simpler times. Truth be told, there can be more nuance required to…

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