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June 12, 2013

OUTDOORS COLUMN: “Mr. Crappie” talks slabs

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PORT ARTHUR —     “Yesterday it was all whites. Interesting that some blacks moved in,” he said.

    Black and white crappie are both structure-loving fish but will sometimes be found in different areas.

     “These crappie will move to different spots from day to day. Not all of them of course but they move more than people think,” he said.

    The day was overcast and Marshall said he hoped the sun would come out.

    “When it is overcast the fish are scattered but when the sun is bright they hold tighter to the cover,” he said.

    And he was right.

    As soon as the sun came out the bite turned on, I caught a two-pound white crappie. A few minutes later Marshall did the same thing.

    “I told you there are some big fish here,” he said.

     Marshall said Lake Lavon is “bar none” the best crappie fishery in the state right now but that he just returned from a 100 fish day on Rayburn and that Lake Fork is real sleeper for slabs.

    “This lake not only produces big bass but also big crappie and lots of them,” he said.

      Crappie fishing is gaining in popularity in Texas and Marshall said that is because of access.

    “Most lakes have a good crappie population and there is nothing more fun than catching a mess of slabs for the frying pan with your family. If you have not been in awhile go. The fishing is great in Texas right now,” Marshall said.

    “If you haven’t started get after it. You will have loads of fun and at the end of the day that is what fishing is all about.”

    For more information go to http://www.mrcrappie.com.

(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com.)

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