Why you want to join a crappie club

You may have heard talk about different types of fishing clubs and thought to yourself “what exactly do they do that I can’t do on my own?” or maybe your thought pattern went more along the lines of ‘Why would I want to join a fishing club?’ Well, here you can find the answers to those questions and much more.

Crappie clubs are for people who love to go fishing for this species and who enjoys being around other anglers. There are many different types of clubs such as those who just meet up to talk to one another and share stories or techniques and those who hold tournaments for their members. Since there is a wide variety of crappie fishing clubs available, it’s hard to pin down exactly what a fishing club is, except to say it’s where a group of people who all love fishing for crappies and reeling in a nice catch gather together.

There are many reasons for joining a crappie club but here are some of the top reasons why people want to join.
* To meet with other anglers who enjoy the sport as much as you do and who have a special place in their hearts for this species
* To learn new techniques and tactics and to offer some of your own to others
* To share stories and hear tales from other fishermen
* To share expenses for once in a lifetime group fishing trips that you wouldn’t be able to go on alone
* To participate in tournaments against other group members to really put your skills to the test
* To have the opportunity to go fishing anytime when you have free time

As mentioned before, these are just some of the top reasons why you would want to join a crappie club. There are many others that you’ll discover once you find the club best suited for you, which brings us to another question.

How do you choose the best crappie club? The easiest way to find the best club for your needs is to ask yourself the following questions:
* Would you like to join a club with just a few local members or one with hundreds of members from around the area?
* Do you want a club you can take your children to or would you prefer an adult only club?
* How often would you be willing to go to meetings, once a week, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly or would you prefer an online only club? Most club meetings are mandatory so this is very important.
* Do you want a club that takes fishing trips together? If so, should each person be responsible for their share only or will the price be split evenly among all participants?
* Do you want your club to hold crappie tournaments for its members?
* Do you want a free club or one with a member’s fee?
* Some clubs provide a place where you can fish any time and others do not. Which one would you prefer?

Asking yourself these questions will help you get a better idea of the type of club you would like to join. For example, after reading the questions above you may have decided that you would like to join a club wherethe whole family can join and one that holds tournaments every so often. Now you have a great starting point that sends you in the right direction to find the best match for you and your family.

When searching for a crappie club there are several ways to find out what is available in your area. You can ask anglers that you see when visiting the local bait and tackle shops, talk to friends who love to fish or take a look on the Internet to see if you can find a website for any crappie clubs in your area. If you find more than one club that meets your interests, you can call and ask if you can sit in on one of their meetings to get a feel for how they interact.

Setting in at a real meeting is the best way to see how they do things so you can decide if that club is the one for you.

If all else fails you can get some friends or family together that love fishing for crappie and start your own club. You can advertise the same places you look such as the bait and tackle shops, online and word of mouth.

Crappie clubs are a great place for fishermen who love to go crappie fishing to get together and
have a great time. The interaction with other members can start friendships and make fishing more enjoyable for everyone.

You may even find a couple of buddies that are available to go fishing on the same schedule as you. Keep in mind that if you discover the club you choose isn’t a great match that you can continue looking for one that suits your individual needs better. In the meantime, you can still enjoy some excellent crappie fishing.

Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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