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A-Team Tackle Jessie Says “You will be hooked on the ASSASSIN-X the first time you use it”. the Assassin-X A-Tackle company Aggressor-X Avenger-X Assassin-X Agitator-X eam quickly realized that the fish were moving further into the rushes following none other than the crayfish. We switched to spinnerbaits to penetrate the bulrushes. The rewards for this effort were handsome as we boated a healthy 50 inch plus muskie that would otherwise have gone unmolested. Spinnerbaits with willow leaf blades are a speed lure, and trust me when I say speed kills. There are times when all the muskie seems to want is speed. When the waters are experiencing a warming trend and the column is filled with areas of sparse vegetation, anglers can expect to be required to cover lots of water looking for roaming fish. Willow leaf designs allow you to do just that, cover water and cover it effectively. The large elongated blade design reminiscent of the willow leaf reflects vast amounts of light, therefore putting flash high on the list of productive qualities. Today we have painted, plated and polished blades to choose from. But the style I like the most when it comes to willow leafs is the hammered blade – like the facets of a diamond, its uneven surface reflects light in many directions. As I said, spinnerbaits are among the most versatile baits in the muskie angler’s arsenal. Keep the tails dry while stored, the hooks sharp while in the water and enjoy. Bob Mehsikomer is the host of “Simply Fishing” Television series seen weekly throughout North America. To learn more about Bob Mehsikomer or events, go to www.simplyfishing. com, or call Simply Fishing at 651-429-3351.

There is one species of fish that offers a chance for early season fun from Kentucky to Minnesota. The enjoyment includes not only catching, but also eating them. Crappies are considered fine eating fish wherever they swim, and early spring is prime time. During this period, crappies are schooled on structure and holding around cover that makes them relatively easy to find. On larger lakes, you’ll find them holding in the same bays where anglers were cutting holes in the ice to reach them just a few weeks earlier. The best bays feature water deeper than 10 feet and sandy points and flats where fish will soon be laying eggs. Look for the warmest water you can find. Northern (south-facing), dark-bottom bays warm first. Be sure to check bays that receive wind-blown warm surface water. Larger lakes sometimes have smaller lakes attached to them. That’s where you’ll locate early spring crappies. Anglers often overlook feeder creeks, a key location in midwestern reservoirs. Water warms there first in the reservoir system, and baitfish and crappies move up to take advantage of the food they find there. If you’re unfamiliar with the creeks, go slow to avoid knocking a lower unit against a stump or Springtime Crappie Bonanza By Ted Takasaki with Scott Richardson Ted Takasaki suggests you target your efforts during trends that will insure the best results. Early season weather patterns will often provide quite warming afternoons, if you find you have limited time to enjoy spring crappies, this period would result in high probability.... Pro angler Ted Takasaki holds up a slab of spring. Crappies are found in many water types, and springtime is prime time– if you know where to look and how to present the right bait.