When most fishermen recall the day when they first started crappie fishing, typically involve nostalgic boyhood tales of bobbing with minnows with family members at a local pond or lake.

Guide Joel Munday of Outdoor Expeditions USA has memories of a more recent origin.

“I didn’t begin crappie fishing until about five years ago, and I mainly educated myself on how to catch them” he said. 

Munday’s decision to learn about crappie fishing came from his job: guiding bass fishermen since the late 1990s on the three lakes that surround Raleigh, N.C.: Falls of Neuse, Jordan and Shearon Harris. Munday began getting numerous requests for guided crappie trips, so he started studying up on slabs. 

“It was a matter of supply and demand that prompted me to guide for crappie,” he said. “It was also another way to supplement my earnings.”

With no prior crappie-fishing experience, Munday had a formidable task in becoming an “expert” on slabs.

“I couldn’t have done it without the new advances in electronics,” said Munday who uses wide-scan imaging units to locate crappie when they aren’t shallow and are more difficult to catch than in the spring. 

Munday said crappie are similar to bass when spring gives way to summer. They move to offshore structure harboring stumps or brush, or they suspend in deep water near forage.

“If I had one tip to give crappie fishermen to help them increase their catches, it would be to invest in a quality electronics unit, one that offers good separation of images and GPS capabilities,” he