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My close friend, T and I got out early to go fishing, 4:30 to be exact. It was pitch black out, no moon or anything. We stopped at the local gasoline stations to get some gas for the boat and we were on our way. Obviously we took some sandwiches we made in the house.

We had a several miles to go before we got to our launch spot so we were paying attention to the music and talking over it. We were about 3/4 of the way there and T says" I think we have a cop coming up on us". I looked out the back window and there was a car flashing his headlights as fast as he could behind us. You have to realize we were in the Everglades on a very dark road and we had been the only car on the road for miles. Now we have a car flashing his headlights behind us, do we stop or keep going?

Apparently, when we were driving, the boat fell off and we didn't even hear it because the radio volume was so high. We didn't hear a sound. We thanked the man and was off to find the boat. Sure enough, we drove about 5 miles back and there was our boat right in the middle of the road. The front of the boat had a little hole in it where it hit the road but besides that, the boat was in good shape. The bad part was ... no fishing for us today. The man who told us the boat had fallen off stopped and asked if we needed any help. The 3 of us linked the boat and wrenched it, pushed it and did everything we could to get the boat back on the trailer. We finally got the boat on the trailer and was heading home. We got home and started working on fixing the hole in the boat.

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Crappie is the second most popular freshwater game fish in the United States behind largemouth bass. (And also that they taste outstanding when dropped in batter, tossed in cornmeal and lightly fried.) While there is no question that people enjoy this delicious catch, there are very important variables needed to be taken into account when you are seeking to stock your pond with them.

Crappie can be a difficult fish to manage, especially in small waters. If you are trying to maintain a small pond with multiple sport fish species, you may find that you have a tough time growing anything of a substantial size. Crappie spawns at cooler temperatures than other sport fish, giving them a head start on their growth. This may sound like a benefit, however because they spawn and hatch earlier, and in higher number than bass, they eat a majority of the forage fish, and even the young bass offspring. Often times when you have a small pond stocked with crappie you will find many stunted and undersized fish due to lack of forage. To maintain a healthy population of crappie you must be able to apply adequate fishing pressure, and want to harvest enough fish from your pond to keep the numbers in check. Sometimes even fish that are too small to produce a nice filet.

Black crappie are used exclusively for stocking in smaller lakes or ponds, above two acres, as they are less prolific than the white crappie, but still have wonderful reproductive potential. That being said they too need to be harvested somewhat heavily to keep from overpopulating. Harvesting gives the other fish room to grow into nice slabs for the dinner table.