The Crappie hide up under the rocks or in the tangles of the fallen trees. You don’t need a lot of sophisticated equipment to catch one. I spent many a long lazy day in the cove listening to the silence and paying attention to the ripples in the water. If you see a few bubbles then it’s probably a turtle. The turtles come up to sun on the rocks every now and then.
When the water is real clear, you can see all the way to the bottom of the lake. Some days fish jump out of the water and right in your basket. Other days, you got to work for it. Crappie will eat anything. I’ve used hot dogs, bread, chicken, gum drops, gum, and of course worms. Make the bait stick to the hook and place the whole funny looking mess in the water. Work the bait up under the edge of a rock. It minutes you’ll catch a Crappie or a little throw back Brim. Brim tend to be in the more shallow areas and Crappie hang out in the deep pockets.
Take some gloves so you won’t get stuck with the scales or the hook. Take some good snacks cause fishing makes you hungry. Leave the electronics at home cause fish don’t like noise. Make sure to wear a hat with something covering your neck. All that looking down at the water exposes the back of your neck and it will fry for sure.
The pine trees smell so good and are reflecting off the water. The little critters scurry by surprised to see you sitting there. Birds are chirping and scavenging through the forest floor. Birds are always nervous and flitting about their business. A few caterpillars make the long journey across a short distance and you can use s stick to confuse them for awhile. Hours can be passed just making a caterpillar wonder about that stick.
Along will come a line of ants if you dropped any of your snacks. They come one and then two and then a million. Little chunks of food will be carried on the backs of those ants who wondered why they never discovered this restaurant before now. They keep inviting friends until every last crumb is toted off. Something woke up an owl and it hoots off in the distance. At the same time a flurry of activity comes off the tops of the trees as a good stiff wind interrupts a few tranquil moments. It was a welcome breeze as it cooled the sweat of the afternoon sun.
Go on home relaxed and satisfied that nature didn’t change course while you were away. It’s still reflecting off the water and getting on about business just like it will tomorrow iffen you are there or iffen you aren’t.
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Pictures were taken while on vacation at George Washington State Park in Virginia