4 ounces Shy of a New Old Hickory Lake Record!

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This Crappie measured out at 16" and weighed 1 pound 14.6 ounces - just a few ounces shy of the Old Hickory Lake record.
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This rascals mouth was so large I thought i was landing a bass when I first saw it coming up out of the depths.
Hendersonville,Tennessee                                                                                        June 1st, 2016                                                                                                        Since moving to Old Hickory lake every spring I have been catching some really nice Crappie's. Every year as I have been refining my technique's my catches have produced some really large specimens and it got me wondering just how large they grow to in Old Hickory. So I did some research and found out that the LAKE record was 2 pounds and 1.6 ounces.....  And just the other day I caught this one in 14 feet of water off a known spawning area.                                                                                                 One technique that pays to spend some time doing is trolling a crankbait through areas that hold springtime crappies. That's how I hooked this rascal. I used a medium light spinning combo spooled with 10 lb test line. I have a good selection of crankbaits but the one I seem to fall back on is this Vintage Bagley Balsa wood killer b. I have caught just about anything that swims on these.
Vintage Bagley in copper foil, these have been discounted years ago. I was turned on to these at a fishing show by a Potomac river guide, and I bought about a dozen or so back in the 1980s and now I am down to my last couple.
Vintage Bagley in copper foil, these have been discounted years ago. I was turned on to these at a fishing show by a Potomac river guide, and I bought about a dozen or so back in the 1980s and now I am down to my last couple.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I mainly use these for Bass fishing so I have modified the hooks to a larger set. Depending on boat speed and pound test line you are using it will run at a depth of 8-12 feet or so. I'm located in Hendersonville so most of my fishing is in the Hendersonville part of the lake.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
What a difference 1.5 inches makes. The top fish is 16" and the bottom is 14.5"
What a difference 1.5 inches makes. The top fish is 16" and the bottom is 14.5"
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What a way to start the day!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Happy Fishin'                                                                                                                                                                               John

Author: John and debbie meyers

This blog is about Hendersonville,Tn which i have been discovering over many years.