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Find the thermocline for more crappie

With August here, the first step to catching most species of fish is to find the thermocline, which is the depth in the water column where the temperature is most comfortable and the most oxygen-rich.

That’s where the crappie will be.

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August 17 at 9:30 am
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Getting it right

One of the more daunting challenges for novice crankers is learning how to keep their crankbaits at the proper depth.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Follow the bait

Cranking is productive on any lake that has a healthy crappie population. Cypress Bayou/Black Bayou Reservoirs, Toledo Bend, Caddo Lake, Lake D’Arbonne, Bayou D’Arbonne, Caney Lake, Poverty Point Reservoir, and Larto are just a few of the good spots.

And cranking veteran Clark LaBorde said there is no great secret to finding crappie on these lakes. 

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Learn the Salter jigging technique

Watching Blaine Salter passionately teach people jigging technique at the Louisiana Sportsman’s Show is entertaining.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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J.B. Salter and his signature fishing pole

The late James Blaine “J.B.”Salter Sr. didn’t set out to be a fishing pole maker. Rather, he was a businessman who loved to fish — but still a businessman first.

J.B. and his brother Weyman operated an automobile service station in Erwinville, which they inherited from their father Josey James (J.J.) and mother Eloise.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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How to prep a crappie jig

Everyone who knew J.B. Salter Sr. agrees he was a particular man.

“He wanted you to do things 100 percent right at all times, and if you didn’t he let you know you were doing things wrong,” Jeremy Gremillion said.

J.B.’s son Blaine agreed.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Crank it up — How to catch crappie trolling crankbaits

Trolling crankbaits has exploded onto the crappie fishing scene in the last few years. And, while there is bit of a learning curve, the tactic can be highly productive in terms of filling the freezer with fillets.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Pole Kat — How the Salter Jiggin’ Pole can make you a better angler

The cork slowly went under.

I knew it was a crappie: It didn’t swim off like a bass, twitch like a bream or disappear with a snap like a catfish.

It just eased down, down, down.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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