When Crappies Strike: World Record Crappies
Leisure / Sports Fishing / Game Fishing
Setting a world record in fishing is a true personal achievement, because everyone knows that the “monster” fishes of each species are not easy to find and draw out of their hiding places. If you are a novice fisherman looking for inspiration today, then you’ve come to the right place. Image Credit/Image License: Reelfoot Lake, Crappie fish statue. CC0 Public Domain.
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We are going to talk about the current world records for crappies specifically (Black crappie; Pomoxis nigromaculatus & White crappie; Pomoxis annularis) so you will know if your catches are approaching what pros consider “monster” or “boss” sizes.
Aiming for the largest catches and perhaps a world record crappie is always a good goal, because you will always be on your feet and you will always be aware of the need to improve your skill in fishing.
Crappie Fishing World Record
The current world record according to the International Game Fish Association is 2.3 kilograms for Pomoxis annularis, or white crappie. This particular monster was hooked by Fred Bright in Mississippi. Fred Bright was fishing for crappies in the Enid Dam (this can be found in the Yacona River) when this beast of a crappie came along.
The Enid Dam was constructed in the early fifties to regulate water flow in this area (flood prevention), and also to cater to the growing need for a decent recreational and fishing area for enthusiasts.
The IGFA world record for the largest crappie was officially recorded in the year 1957. Do you have what it takes to break the current world record? You can find out more about world records and having your catches certified by the IGFA at their official website; www.igfa.org
World records are definitely inspiring but let’s not forget about our local superstars who have also caught large crappies even if they weren’t planning to establish local records. This was the case for the fishing enthusiast Andy Moore from Nebraska.
Moore was ice fishing in 15 degree weather conditions when a purportedly 4.8 pound black crappie made a strike at his line. Moore, seeing that he has indeed snagged a giant crappie made the tough choice of returning the adult crappie to the water – but not before Andy Moore was able to make exact measurements while filming the whole process.
According to Andy, he has no regrets, because he believes that superior fishes should be left untouched in their natural habitats to help boost the local gene pool of the species.
A truly tough choice not having the state record (which was at that time 4.8 pounds) but Andy was still happy, and says he will continue fishing because he finds an inexplicable joy when he hooks fishes (isn’t that our story as well?).
I’m sure that many of you are dreaming of setting local state records for crappies, too! Here are some tips that will help you achieve fishing glory:
1. Warmer waters are excellent for crappie fishing for two reasons: one, if it’s spawning season, the adult males will be in shallow waters actively preparing nesting spots for the females who are hiding out in deeper waters.
The second reason is that you won’t have to fish in deeper waters when the water is warm, because the fishes will be drawn to shallow waters when it’s feeding time (which happens to be at sundown).
2. Use a combination of small artificial lures and live bait to entice crappies to strike your line.
3. Use fish locators to know exactly where fishes are resting so you can plan ahead.
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