Think of all the hours you’ve spent in a classroom learning about subjects you probably didn’t have a whole lot of interest in. Its been a necessary part of life for us all, from grade school, college, the military, or civilian jobs. Learning is a great thing, but let’s face it, we’ve all spent time staring out the window during countless classes, wishing we were fishing.

And once out of the classroom and on the water, sometimes we just have to settle for being in the outdoors with a rod in our hands, even on days we can’t find a fish to bite.

But how much time have you spent in a classroom learning how to fish? I know what you’re thinking…sitting in a classroom learning about fishing is time that could be better spent sitting in a boat and catching fish.

But the cold hard truth for many anglers is that a little classroom instruction could make their fishing days far more productive and enjoyable. This is especially true for certain species like crappie, which aren’t always the most predictable of fish for someone who doesn’t have extensive experience or knowledge of them.

Plenty of fishermen can catch their share of slabs in the spring and the fall, when crappie do follow somewhat predictable patterns. But very few anglers know all the tricks, and could benefit greatly from a fresh look at how to target these fish effectively. Even during the best biting days, some lulls are bound to occur, and unless you happen to luck up on a certain technique that works, that lull will continue to happen, unless you set your fishing ego aside and learn from others.

And outside of the spring and fall, many anglers simply give up pursuing crappie altogether. This largely comes from what we did growing up, when our mentors did the same thing. “Crappie bite in the spring and fall, but you can hang it up for them the rest of the year,” is a saying many of us heard –– and came to believe –– throughout childhood.

The truth is, you can catch crappie all year long, but it does require some different approaches than what works like a charm during the spring and fall. You can learn what works from anglers who practice the techniques and tactics that keep them in slabs 365. Or you can sit in a boat all day long in the heat or cold and possibly figure something out on your own. You could do that on your job as well, but you might not stay employed much longer.

Chances are, you love crappie fishing more than you love your job, but you’ll sit through all sorts of training to stay effective in whatever work you do. There’s no shame in that. It’s gotten you where you are today. Be just as good at catching slabs. Sign up for Crappie University which includes four class dates at Spartanburg Community College –– Feb. 15, 20, 27, and March 6. Each class covers a different aspect of crappie fishing. Get an education in something you love, and make your time on the water more productive and enjoyable. 

Check out the details and register by clicking this ink.