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Crappie University

Instructors


Russ Bailey

Host of “Brush Pile Fishing” on the World Fishing Network and also host of the Midwest Crappie TV Series. Bailey has fourteen crappie tournament wins and has been a national finalist qualifier 15 times.

Terry Blankenship

In his pro career Blakenship has won over 50 crappie tournaments; he fishes 25 or more crappie events each year and has been featured in numerous national magazines, TV shows and newspapers; an expert in the new “dock shooting” technique; he also teaches how to utilize your locator to help find and catch more crappie.

Mike Bledsoe

2012 Indiana Slab Masters’ winner. Runner-up in the same event in 2013-2014 and was third in the Crappie USA Classic in 2014. He excels in the spider rigging technique and will teach that skill.

Brian Carper

A long time Tennessee crappie guide, Carper guides 200 days per year and is an expert on crappie migration patterns.

Steve Danna

A crappie pro with more than 40 years of experience, Danna guides on several north-Louisiana lakes.

Dan Dannenmueller

Publisher of the largest online crappie magazine, “Crappie Now”; Dan’s tournament experience led him to win back-to-back Angler of the Year Awards for Bass Pro Shops’ National Crappie Masters’ Tournament Trail.

Jim Dant

Has placed first, second or third in seventeen crappie tournaments since 2010.

Barry Dodd

Professional crappie guide on Canyon Lake, Lake LBJ and Inks Lake through his “Teach ‘Em to Fish” Guide Service.

Gary Dollahon

A regional host on Barry Stokes’ FOX Sports Outdoors television show and a lifelong crappie angler who specializes in fishing soft plastics.

Tex Elliott

Professional catfish guide in Northeast Texas on Lake Hubbard and Lake Lavon; Elliott is a longtime catfish tournament pro on the North Texas Catfish Circuit, and as well fishes the North American Catfish Angler circuit; he also designed the Pro Angler Catfish Rod.

Chad Ferguson

“Mr. Catfish”; Ferguson operates the North Texas Guide Service and is an expert on Lake Texoma, Lake Ray Roberts, Lake Worth and Lake Lewisville; Ferguson's website, “Catfish Edge”, is popular with anglers nationwide. He specializes in the catch and release of big blue catfish; he is also a regular guest host on FOX Outdoors TV Show.

John Godwin

Godwin and his partner, Jay Stone, won the 2015 Lake D’Arbonne Crappie Masters’ event, which qualified them for the trail’s national championship. Both men were involved in the development of the Fin Commander fishing rod series.

Sam Heaton

The “Dean of Southern Crappie Anglers”. A long-time crappie guide in the Southeast, Heaton is the former Pro Team Manager for Spiderwire, Johnson Outdoors and B & M Rods.

Todd Huckabee

Oklahoma’s crappie guru for slab crappie. Huckabee guides on Lake Eufaula and Ft. Gibson Lake in Oklahoma and Lake Millwood in Arkansas. He specializes in the pursuit of barn door crappie and debunking crappie myths.

Barry Morrow

“The crappie coach.” A retired school superintendent and wrestling coach, Morrow is now a full-time crappie guide in Oklahoma and Missouri. He has been featured on the Sportsman’s Channel and fishes several crappie trails. He has won three Crappie Masters events and is the back-to-back winner of the Missouri State Championship. He is known nationwide for helping coach anglers in the art of crappie “catching.”

Lee Pitts

Guides on Lake Neily Henry and Lake Weiss. He has been featured on the Southern Legends TV show, the Sportsman Channel, In-Fisherman Magazine and numerous other periodicals.

James Rains

The Schwieterman and Rains team has 41 top five finishes in crappie tournament events and won the 2014 and 2015 Lake Fork Crappie Bucks Events.

Ralph Riley

Crappie USA National Qualifier, lure developer, and an expert on the new “dock shooting” technique. Riley has also developed a line of crappie scents found in sporting good stores nationwide.

Greg Robinson

Longtime crappie guide on Beaver Lake in Arkansas; an expert on deep water structure.

Kevin Rogers

In 25 years as a pro he has racked up 34 professional wins in five different states.

Chuck Rollins

Owner and operator of Big Crappie Guide Service on Clear Creek Lake; Rollins and his guides average 240 days a year on the water guiding for crappie; Rollins is a true crappie specialist.

Jess Rotherham

Has 25 years’ experience as a crappie angler and operates the Texas Crappie Fishing Service, where he guides on Lake Buchanan, Lake LBJ and Lake Austin. Rotherham holds the white crappie record on Lake Buchanan and the black crappie record on Lake Austin.

Dan Saknini

A crappie tournament pro who lives on Lake Lanier; Saknini will be teaching many of the new crappie techniques.

Jeff Schwieterman

The Schwieterman and Rains team has 41 top five finishes in crappie tournament events and won the 2014 and 2015 Lake Fork Crappie Bucks Events.

Doug Sikora

2012 Indiana Slab Masters’ Champion. Sikora has appeared in many publications discussing the new crappie techniques.

Jay Stone

Stone and his partner, John Godwin, won the 2015 Lake D’Arbonne Crappie Masters’ event, which qualified them for the trail’s national championship. Both men were involved in the development of the Fin Commander fishing rod series. Stone has become well known for what he calls “the kitchen sink” approach to catching slab crappie.

Mike Taylor

Guides on Oklahoma lakes three to four days a week and stresses cutting-edge techniques and downsizing to smaller baits.

Tommy Tidwell

Commonly known as the “crappie king of Central Texas.” Tidwell holds a Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences degree from Texas A & M and is a longtime guide on Granger Lake. His specialty is finding crappie year round.

Mike Walters

A crappie pro with 28 years’ experience and 36 first-place finishes in Crappie U.S.A. and Crappie Masters’ events.

Jeff Williams

Longtime catfish guide on Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Williams created his own brand of catfish tackle, “Team Catfish”, now carried in stores nationwide. His other outdoor products are carried under the name “Outdoor Brandz”.