Bluegill vs. Bream: Different Name, Same Fish

Throughout my travels across the country, I have heard anglers give a common sunfish different names. In the South, some anglers call the sunfish a bream and others dub it a perch, while in the North and Midwest it is called a bluegill. What Should We Call This Popular Panfish? Well here is Wikipedia’s definition of this panfish: “The bluegill …

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7 New Karl’s Crankbaits That Absolutely Crush

The water is warming up and gamefish are in a chasing mood so now is the time to start throwing crankbaits. The various sizes and shapes of Karl’s Amazing Crankbaits will give you the versatility to run lures at various depths and around different types of cover. Karl and team worked hard creating these seven new crankbaits that you can …

White Crappie vs Black Crappie: How To Tell The Difference

In Florida, they call the fish a “speck.” Louisiana anglers call the same fish a sac-a-lait. Some Southern anglers pronounce crappie as “crappy” and Northern and Midwestern fishermen pronounce the same fish as “croppie.” No matter how you pronounce crappie, its genus name is Pomoxis and the two recognized species of this genus are the white crappie and the black …

Should You Be Targeting Spawning Panfish?

Panfish (primarily sunfish, crappie, and perch) are some of America’s favorite fish to catch because they are eager and willing to bite and plentiful in most fisheries across the country. Perhaps the most fun time of the year to target panfish is in the spring. At this time, the fish are in the shallows and looking to feed before and …

How To Select The Right Livebait For Panfish

Using live bait is about the closest anglers can come to guaranteeing they will catch panfish on any given day. Savvy anglers can tie on their favorite artificial fly or soft plastic drenched in the smelliest, oiliest fish scent and catch plenty of panfish, but the real deal produces more often than the imitations in most instances. Minnows, worms, crickets, and crayfish …

Slip Bobber Fishing 101: How To Fish A Slip Bobber

Learning how to use a slip bobber has always been one of the simplest ways for beginners to catch panfish, but the tactic can become pretty sophisticated when savvy anglers start tinkering with floats. A fixed float comes in handy for fishing shallow, open water areas however the slip float is preferred by the pros for long-distance deliveries and casting …

How To Catch Slab Panfish Two Different Ways

Fishing for panfish often comes down to walking the bank and looking for schools of them near the surface. Especially when chasing bluegill, and especially with beginners, this is the technique. But what about the slab hunting panfish anglers? How do they catch those panfish that might not even fit in the pan? Well, often times they are lurking beneath the …

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Panfish Tackle: How To Stock Your Tackle Box Like A Crappie Pro

Buying tackle was simple before tournaments made crappie fishing such a specialized sport. In the old days panfish tackle was a bucket of minnows and a tacklebox full of hooks, sinkers, and bobbers were all you needed to catch crappie. Stocking your tacklebox today has become more complicated because you have to choose from a vast of assortment of designs, …

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How To Fish Early Season Ice For Panfish

Early season ice is one of the best times of the season to fish, and this is especially true with panfish. Once winter settles in and ice begins to form, giant schools of panfish will begin the process of migrating shallow to gorge out during the early winter months. If you can catch an early season ice bite at the …

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Moonlight Bite: How To Catch Crappie At Night

When the oppressive sun and stifling heat makes a summer day unbearable, crappie anglers can rely on a cooler alternative. Crappie can still be taken during the day, but the heat and busy recreational boat traffic on our favorite waters handicap even the most experienced anglers.  However, a better option exists for anyone willing to venture out in the still …

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How To Use Mini Tubes To Catch Tons Of Crappie

With its plain appearance, the plastic tube bait hardly looks like a lure diverse enough for anglers to catch crappie in a variety of ways. However, savvy anglers know the ordinary looking plastic tube has more to offer than meets the eye. Lure manufacturers have turned the tube bait into a more versatile lure by offering it in assorted sizes …