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    Check out this crappie my brothers buddy caught on oneida lake. in upstate N.Y. this past weekend I didnt get the size but its one heck of a fish sandwich
    nice one
    That is a heck of a crappie.I think I would have that one mounted.Thanks for sharing.
    OMG!!! What a slab!! I am with Diane....that one would be on the wall!!
    Man somebody is telling you some BIG fish stories that pic has been going around the web for several years it just recently showed back up being claimed to have been caught in South Carolina
    Not true!!!
    Hunt&Fish is Dead-Nuts!!! This picture has been on the web for Years!!!! I mean years!!! I myself have seen it several years so it's a Big Fish but each year the story gets bigger!!!!!!!
    Here's the original story of this Fish. If ya don't believe me just Google Big Crappie and click images and it will be 1 of the first 1s you see.

    To Wisconsin fisherman, this is no ordinary fish story
    April 2006

    Mike Zimmer was enjoying a phenomenal morning of crappie fishing. Then, it nearly turned historic.
    The 33-year-old angler from Menomonie was fishing a lake in Menomonie on March 15 when he hooked a 4 pound, 5 ounce white crappie.
    Most crappie caught are in the half- to 1-pound range.

    'It was unbelievable,' Zimmer said. 'It's probably like catching an 8- or 9-pound bass or a 70-pound flathead (catfish). Crappie fisherman know just how big something like this is.'
    The behemoth that measured 19 inches long and had a girth of 16 inches was part of a crappie bonanza for Zimmer. He started fishing that chilly morning -- the temperature was about 40 degrees -- at 7:20 a.m.
    By 10:30 a.m., he was already at the dock with his limit of 25 crappie. Among the keepers were a 3-pounder and one that weighed 3 pounds, 8 ounces.
    The previous day, Zimmer also caught his limit of 25 in under four hours. That's why he declined to reveal the name of the lake that harbors his crappie honeyhole.
    'Next thing you know, they'll be people all over the place fishing for crappie,' Zimmer said with a laugh.
    Clad in his thermal duck hunting clothes, Zimmer was one of the few fishermen on the lake that morning. The nippy temperatures didn't faze Zimmer, who said he has been fishing since he was in diapers.
    'For me, I've always caught my bigger ones early when it was cold,' he said. 'For most people, they would not even go on a day like that. It wasn't ideal by any means, but it was for me.'
    Zimmer was using a 12-foot crappie pole outfitted with 4-pound test and a slip cork. His bait of choice was a Grizzly jig tipped with a small minnow. Knowing the crappie were preparing to spawn, he was fishing in shallow water (between 2 and 10 feet) around some downed trees.
    It didn't take long for Zimmer to realize he had landed on a school of crappie. Big ones, too.
    'I had beaten my own personal record (3 pounds) on the 12th or 13th keeper of the day,' Zimmer said. 'The 4.5-pounder was the 23rd keeper. I knew I only had three more fish to go, and here I catch this one.'
    When he hooked it, Zimmer didn't think it was a crappie.
    'I'm thinking that's a catfish because it stayed down low,' he said. 'It didn't want to come up. A muskie will do the same thing. They'll put a good fight up and not come up to the surface.
    'After a little bit of fighting I started to see it, and I realized it was a crappie. All I could think of was that 4-pound test breaking, because I knew it was a big one. I don't know how long I fought it because all I was thinking was getting it in the boat.'
    Once he landed the papermouth, he collapsed into his seat due to a combination of exhaustion and excitement over his catch. After he caught his breath, Zimmer weighed the crappie on a hand-held scale. It came in just under 4.5 pounds.
    Zimmer then had the fish weighed on certified scales at the Millstadt post office and a butcher's shop in Sparta . The fish is currently at a taxidermist, where Zimmer plans to have it mounted.
    Coming oh-so-close to breaking a 37-year-old record didn't seem to bother Zimmer, who is a chemical operator at a plant in East St. Louis .
    'It might even be better than catching the state record because I might have gotten more publicity than I wanted,' Zimmer said. 'Then, I would have really had to give up my spot.'
    News of Zimmer's near-record catch has been making the rounds.
    'My brother, who lives in Waltonville, had someone come up to him saying 'Man, did you hear about this dude that caught a 4.5-pound, 3.5-pound and 3.25-pound crappie?'' Zimmer said. 'He's like 'Yeah, I did. I seen them because he's my brother.' I guess news like that gets around pretty quick.'
    Well,glad you cleared that up,lol.Next time you see a crappie that big I hope I'm the one holding it,lmbo.
    Soon as you figure out Photo-shop I bet we will see it HAHAHA Maybe then we can fix that yotes eyes. This picture ain't nothing, Wait till deer season HAHAHA
    Makes me wonder
    It has always made me wonder since I first read this years ago...March 15th in Wisconsin and this guy stated 'Knowing the crappie were preparing to spawn'...Spawning in March in Wisconsin? Some people need to do their homework before telling such a tale LOL
    Sorry folks I had no idea the pic was a scam apparently my bro. got me good.Guess I owe the big lug a slap upside the head next month when I see him LOL..Its kinda funny because when I saw the pic in my wifes phone I said Ive gotta post it cause thats the biggest darn crappie ive ever seen
    No problem.Hey ,at least it got people talking,lol.