A Louisiana angler made essentially the most of a second probability at a whopper panfish, reeling in a 3.65-pound white crappie that ranks because the second-largest ever taken within the Bayou State. Shane Hodge caught the fish on February 27 whereas fishing with crappie professional Steve Adams.
Hodge and Adams, each of Farmerville, had been concentrating on dense cowl at Bussey Brake Reservoir in Morehouse Parish, the place the crappie had bunched up earlier than the spawn. “They’re up in that thick, thick brush on the point of spawn and it’s exhausting to get a ship up in there the place they’re,” Hodge told the Daily Iberian. “It’s additionally exhausting to even get bait up in there. Should you make an excessive amount of noise making an attempt to, you spook the fish off.”
However Hodge and Adams seen the large fish had been venturing out into open water to gobble shad, then ducking again into cowl. Hodge and Adams had been capable of capitalize by fishing the open water adjoining to the thick cowl. First, Hodge boated a 2.86-pounder, a brand new private finest, utilizing a 1/16th-ounce black-and-white hair jig he tied himself. Then Adams hooked a giant crappie and almost boated it earlier than it threw the hook. He received a ok look to know that it was a monster.
Utilizing their fishfinder, the anglers had been capable of spot the large fish heading again into the comb. “Steve threw a bait at [the fish] once more however it didn’t chew, so Steve instructed me to forged at it,” Hodge instructed the Every day Iberian. “I flipped my jig on the market, and [the fish] ate it. We knew it was a giant one however had no concept how massive till it got here up and rolled on its facet.”
After weighing the fish on a transportable scale they knew it was inside placing distance of the state file, a 3.80-pound white crappie caught by Tim Ricca in 2010 on Lake Verrett. They returned to Farmville, the place they weighed each of Hodge’s catches on licensed scales earlier than releasing them. Although the official weight got here up a few ounces in need of Ricca’s file, the expertise left Hodge ecstatic. “This was a kind of days that you just dream of,” he mentioned.
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As for Adams, who initially misplaced the large crappie throughout the battle, he returned to the identical stretch of water the following day and caught a 3.57-pound slab—the fourth largest crappie ever caught in Louisiana.