We've had a lot of fun running all over Kansas this year. The things I have learned from fishing at the Club Tournaments has improved my Crappie game 10 fold. It's nice when once a month, every Crappie nut in Kansas comes out for a meeting of the minds. It's like softball, Except for guys who for the most part are far to lazy or old to run anywhere, unless they see the pizza delivery guy going the wrong way...it's mostly for bragging rights and being the guy that gets all the hand shakes for finding the best fish,...the money is just an incentive for those of us who sometimes put in 2 and 3 hour one way trips to get there.
Watching this thing grow has been quite an interesting ride so far. We have helped many great causes and raised a pretty fat fist full of money that we have donated. For 2017, and being a member of Outdoor Writers of Kansas myself I have decided to keep it local. We are teaming up with Outdoor Writers of Kansas to raise the funds it takes to offer the Scholarships, Outdoor Adventure Camps, and the other programs as well. Brent Frazzee and I will be fishing the 2017 Tournament Season to continue improving our Crappie fishing game, as well as have a blast representing OWK while giving us a chance to capture the fun on film and write about it.
Running the Facebook page, I see plenty of guys that could easily hold their own but never seem to make it out. I get the impression people think you need an expensive boat or don't want to be around a bunch of inflated egos and attitudes. It really isn't that way, nobody cares what kind of boat you have, truck you drive, what baits you use and so on. It's like anywhere else, some guys keep to themselves, but everybody is friendly, we all crack on each other, mainly good Ole boys having fun and trying to do some good in our Neighborhoods helping out where we can.
Crappie fishing isn't much different than anything else in life. To get good at it you have to put in your time, start out where you can and work your way up from there. The Tournament Guys have all become really good friends, and we'd like to see some more of you come out. I know plenty of you have the boats and fish all the time, I'd be willing to bet if you showed up and met everybody, it would only take showing up to a KCC Tournament one time and you'll be hooked. Get some friends together, get the finishing touches on the boat, and come fish with us, the 2017 Schedule has us fishing on some really good Crappie holes, might as well tag along.