Talk about excited.
I have been very fortunate to fish and film this Krappie Kings TV series with some extremely gifted crappie anglers over the past year and now I had the opportunity to fish and film a show with the legendary full time crappie guide and tournament angler from Mississippi, John Harrison.
John operates one of the busiest crappie guide businesses in the south and for good reason too. He plane out locates and catches some of the biggest slab crappie found in the state of Mississippi. And, trust me, there are a lot of really good sticks in this state as well as guides who can catch crappie just about any time of the year on any body of water.
We were in Grenada MS filming some episodes with my good buddy and crappie pro Tim Blackley from Tennessee when he asked me if I would like to have the opportunity to fish and film with John on Sardis Lake? Can you guess what my answer was?
Now Tim is one ‘killa krappie king’, but variety is supposed to be the spice of life, right? So the chance to fish and film with another king of krappie was right up my alley.
The cell phone calls were made and the trip was booked.
We met john at the boat ramp on Sardis lake and were met with windy conditions that john advised would slowly but surly get to the point were we would only have a limited amount of time to film this show as our game plan was to be spider rigging with sixteen foot B `n M Poles, tight lining double minnow rigs just under the surface and if the winds blew hard, you would be hard pressed to see a soft bite due to the constant rocking up and down on the bow of the boat.
On route to our fishing grounds, I noticed a lot of other boats crowded together just off the boat ramp side of the lake and mentioned so to john who advised me that we were heading a bit further off shore and after the bigger, staging females in slightly deeper water away from the banks were the smaller males had taken refuge. Good choice.
We get to our location, john starts rigging up rods with double minnows for the first drift and in the midst of explaining exactly what we will be doing today, rod number three gets yanked to the side, fish number one in the boat! Yes, that fast and that impressive!!
John rigged up four poles each on the Driftmaster spider rig rod holders and explained how a soft bite would look and to ‘never’ take your eyes off your poles unless it is un-avoidable, because that is usually when big mama bites. So true.So now were drifting along a slight contour edge from shallow to deeper water and the thicker, female crappie are all over our baits. I mean, we we’re getting bites every few minutes and sometimes two at a time! Try that next time your out crappie fishing, its as exciting as heck, but nerve wrecking at the same time…but I love it.
As the morning progresses and we are putting fish after fish into the boat, I’m starting to feel real good about the chances of this being a very exciting and informative show for our viewers who enjoy spider rigging for larger off shore crappie, when my mojo starts to slip away, very quickly I might add.
I’m getting bit as quickly as I can re-rig my stolen minnows from hook and still cannot connect with any of these fish.
John is now laughing and begins to lose a few bites himself, probably because he is laughing so hard at my frustration, so I don’t feel so bad. He decides to slow down our presentation speed by releasing his chain system on the transom which in turn slows us down just enough to continue our correct trolling speed to inspire better bites and turn more strikes into hook ups.
We manage to boat quite a few big thick slabs and release some of the larger females to spawn and John catches a few nice surprises that I have never seen before, but you will have to watch this episode to see what those are.
All in all, it was a great experience to fish with one of crappie fishing’s all-time true professionals and a great person at the same time.
I sure am looking forward to hooking up with John again and hope our viewers will pick up the phone and give John a ring and book there own unique crappie experience with a fun guy and one heck of a good crappie stick. John Harrison 662-983-5999 You can visit John on Facebook @ JH Guide Service