Instructors are selected from a national pool of crappie experts and assigned to locations where familiar with the waters. Among them are professional anglers, guides and fishing television/radio show personalities. Generally, the instruction lineup changes every year per location.
Tommy loves to crappie fish and spends a lot of his “off” months from the bass tournament trails fishing for crappie on Fort Gibson Lake and Tenkiller – both because his family enjoys eating the species, but also because doing so keeps his all-around fishing skills sharp. He makes the most of his crappie fishing time to practice reading his forward-facing Lowrance electronics, studying the movement of baitfish, and distinguishing among different types of game fish and the moods they’re displaying. He has a brain full of valuable fishing information to share, so get the paper and pencil ready.
Gary and his family moved to the fishing-rich area of northeastern Oklahoma (Tulsa) over 30 years ago. Although always an avid fisherman, it was early after his move and while working at Zebco that an opportunity put him in the boat with noted crappie authority Todd Huckabee … you can guess the rest of the story. For the past 16 years, Gary’s led the product development and promotions around the Bobby Garland crappie brand, and been soaking up every tidbit of crappie “how to” information he’s been exposed to along the way. Gary loves to fish structure for the species with single pole and a jig.
With the nickname “Crappie Kirby,” it’s a given that Kirby knows a lot about catching crappie. You’re likely to find the popular Kansas radio personality fishing for the species on lakes like La Cynge, Hillsdale, Melvern and Clinton, or at the very least sharing his passion for the sport with other like-minded anglers at sport shows across the country. He’s an expert at using his electronics to find the most active strike zone and keeping his baits in it to catch ‘em good. Beginners and avid crappie anglers alike will benefit from Ham’s extensive on-the-water knowledge about both electronics and the species.
With his tall stature, big grin and natural fishing talent, it’s hard for Dustin to hide on the water because he’s always in the middle of the action. He spends a lot of his guiding time on Grand Lake, but also loves exploring and fishing new waters in and around the state. He’s a successful crappie tournament pro, too, an accomplishment he credits to his natural gift at reading and understanding the newest in “live” sonar technology. We know you’ll benefit from everything he says because he can back it up with proof.
By passion and trade, Jim knows a lot about electronics for fishing … he has years of experience in boat and sonar sales while working for Bass Pro Shops. His handyman skills and inquisitive mind have come together over time to give him a rather unique perspective around sonar knowledge, installation and troubleshooting. Lucky for us, he’s always quick to share everything he’s learned about these topics from his own experiences on and off the water.
Robert’s talents run the gamut, but his passion for crappie fishing puts him among the top of his craft for catching the species. The co-owner of R&B Crappie Creations is a true expert at finesse fishing for crappie, mostly using his tiny spoons to entice action even when they’re reluctant to bite, and especially of off docks. He has a wealth of information to share about it all, ranging from selecting the best kind of tree structure to “plant” and how to position it, to what subtle keys you need to focus on when seeking a crappie’s favorite hangouts.
George’s expertise from careers as a teacher (Claremore) and a lure designer (responsible for many Gene Larew and Bobby Garland baits) makes him one of the sport’s finest educators on how to catch crappie … when he speaks you better listen. He has fishing knowledge learned above the water as an angler and below the surface from years of scuba diving. Today he finds his Garmin LiveScope to be almost just as good at telling him what’s happening below as when he used to swim with the fish. Listen and learn!
Mike specializes in crappie outings on his home Oklahoma waters, Okmulgee Lake and Dripping Springs, two connected, yet very different, lakes that keeps him adjusting his approaches to stay on the fish. He also frequents many other lakes in the northeastern part of the state, from small to big. He’s a versatile student of crappie fishing, staying up-to-date on trying cutting-edge techniques to see how they work for his needs. He’s always happy to share what he’s learned, and he has a ton of valuable information that will no doubt benefit your catching, too.