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Fishermen catching panfish from boat in fall

Whether targeted for fun or for the table, panfish please most anglers– especially lunker crappies and hand-sized bull bluegills. Fall is a great time to catch them, but with variables like changing vegetation, cooling weather, turnover, and fall bait migrations, how do you crack the code for consistent success? We asked four of the nation’s top panfish specialists five questions about fall crappie and bluegill fishing. Their answers will help anyone become a more successful fall panfish angler. Q1 –…

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Angler with Crappie

Floats don’t always flush. In fact, the preponderance of panfish bites are transmitted as pops, pings and pulls. Run-of-the-mill floats – as seen in the bargain bins – aren’t designed for precision, finesse fishing, but rather to sell at the cheapest possible price. They’re not perfectly balanced. They’re constructed of inferior materials. They twist into a bird’s nest on the cast. Northland dismisses all those foibles with its new Lite-Bite Spring Float. Built from premium balsawood, the remarkably sensitive floats…

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St. Croix Anglers Holding Panfish

Different fishing strokes for different angling folks is what drives St. Croix Rod forward every day. Our anglers have unique and distinct needs, and we make it our mission to deliver the Best Rods on Earth® that give them the upper hand, no matter where or how they fish. St. Croix’s popular Panfish Series is a prime example. Introduced in 2012, the specialized collection answered the call of passionate anglers demanding new rod choices handcrafted just for them, choices specifically…

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Muskie splashing while angler reels in

So far this month, we’ve discussed how length, power, and action combine to define the basic performance characteristics of a fishing rod. Last week, we specifically asked our bass experts to share personal thoughts and insights on their favorite rods. This week we dive into the panfish, walleye, and musky categories. We asked our pros the same maddening question: If you could carry just one rod, what would it be? We’re hoping their answers will help the rest of us…

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Angler Holding Crappie

Don’t overthink it. Keep it simple stupid (KISS). Sometimes, there’s a reason the fullest buckets and livewells come at the hands of the most elementary approaches. Catching springtime crappies beneath a properly set bobber, with the perfect morsel, is one of those times. Watch how crappie ace Nick Cekalla intelligently blankets probable fish holding hangouts with a very simple plan. Bait or not to bait, that is the question. Cekalla, like other panfish aficionados forego live bait, rather relying on…

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