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Over the past month, lots of anglers have been feeling the thump.
In December, Missouri’s Mark Wilson garnered considerable attention after landing a beautiful 3.68 lb slab on Truman Lake.
Later that month, social media shined a spotlight on yet another impressive catch — a pair of crappie that would make almost any angler a bit jealous.
Premier Angler recently spoke with Josh Jackson about his experience. Here is Josh’s story, in his own words.
Premier Angler: You garnered some attention recently on social media after posting a pair of monster crappie — 2.91 and 3.1 lbs. You mentioned these are your Personal Bests. Can you walk us through your journey as a crappie fisherman?
Jackson: I started fishing over 35 years ago, but about 7 years ago I started to get interested in crappie fishing following a trip with Todd Huckabee. Now, I am an avid crappie angler as well as tournament angler and crappie fishing is my passion.
I more recently started targeting big fish when I purchased the Garmin Livescope and now it’s an addiction to keep improving on my personal best.
Until a couple of weeks ago, my PB was 2.14 (which I received my “2 Pound Club” Poker Chip from Rednek Rubber for catching). Since then, I have broken my PB several times, including a 2.41, 2.61, 2.64, 2.84, 2.91 and now a 3.10.
I have fished over 20 lakes in Oklahoma, with my biggest there being 2.84.
Premier Angler: So your new PBs came outside of Oklahoma. Where did you land these monsters? What’s your rig of choice?
Jackson: Recently, I took a trip with a group of friends through Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas to fish several lakes, but Grenada (Lake) was where the perfect day unfolded. I set the hook on a 2.91 and was very excited, but that PB didn’t last. A couple hours later, I landed the 3.10.
All fish were swung in the boat with a 12’ Todd Huckabee Slab Swinger (no net needed) and Lake Fork Trophy Lures Swimbait.
I use 20 lb Sufix line and Timmy Tom’s Jig Heads everywhere I go. I fish out of a 21 foot Basscat Couger and try to fish 3-4 days a week in any weather. The method I like to use is single pole fishing – kinda like spot and stalk.
Premier Angler: That’s awesome! Anything else you would like to add about your fishing journey?
Jackson: I’ve met so many great people in the fishing industry and they have become good friends. I’d like to thank my wife for allowing me the opportunity to travel and fish. I’m truly blessed to do what I love!