North Carolina angler Nate Quan boated a 4.14-pound crappie on March 18 whereas fishing the Central Carolina Crappie Basic match at Excessive Rock Lake in Marc. The fish performed an enormous position in incomes greater than $2,000 for Quan and his fishing companion. Quan caught the massive slab only some yards from the place boatmate Jordan Newsome hauled in a 3.27-pounder earlier that day.
“When Jordan caught the three.27-pounder, I advised him, ‘you’ve outdone any fish I’ve ever caught. I’ll by no means catch a fish like that,’” Quan told the Davie County Enterprise Record. “And he mentioned I’d catch one which day.”
“About an hour later, I caught the 4.14-pounder, and he mentioned, ‘I advised you.’” Quan and Newsome had been pitching to the financial institution in about 8 toes of muddy water, utilizing a fish-finder to establish laydowns, brush, and stumps close to the financial institution which may shelter large crappie. They had been about 35 toes down the financial institution from Newsome’s 3-pound catch when one thing promising confirmed up on their display. “Jordan mentioned, ‘That’s gotta be a stump,’” Quan told Carolina Sportsman. Considering he noticed some motion onscreen, he pitched an Eye Maintain jig with a black/chartreuse Slider minnow into the quilt and was instantly rewarded with a heavy thump.
The fish solely fought for a number of seconds earlier than coming to the floor and mendacity there like a flounder. The mouth of the anglers’ internet wasn’t large enough to suit the fish into—however they managed to scoop it up onto the boat and into the livewell.
The duo then continued fishing. After a three-hour dry spell, they began focusing on deeper water and had been in a position to fill out their seven-fish restrict with a number of extra crappies averaging 1¾ kilos. They weighed out with 17.02 kilos on the finish of day one, and eight.43 on day two—in the end taking residence $1,600 for first place in addition to the big-fish prize of $480 for Quan’s catch. Each males set new private bests, too. Quan’s earlier PR was a 3.1-pounder and Jordan, a 2.8-pounder.
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Quan and Newsome saved their greatest fish alive and donated them to the aquarium on the Bass Execs Retailers retailer in Harmony, North Carolina, the place they’ve performed crappie-fishing seminars collectively prior to now. In line with the North Carolina freshwater fishing state records, the Tarheel State’s greatest black crappie ever caught was a 4-pound, 15-ounce fish landed by Dean Dixon in 1980.