Troy Thiel is attempting to tell me how simple it is to catch crappie trolling on Lake Sinclair.
“People make it harder... there’s a fish... than it really has to be. All you need to do... there’s another one...”
Being interrupted by slab crappie is not a bad thing, even at the beginning of the lesson. Troy had launched his Ranger boat from the Lakeside Bait & Tackle ramp a grand total of five minutes earlier, and the trolling motor had eased us less than 50 yards out into Beaverdam Creek—the hot-water cove that gets its name from Georgia Power’s Plant Branch, directly across Highway 441 north of Milledgeville.
The air temperature was 35 degrees at daylight, and the water temp was 49.
Along with partner Ricky Willis, Troy, 43, of Gordon, fishes a half-dozen or so crappie tournaments in Georgia, Florida and Alabama each year. The pair won the Jan. 23-24 Crappie USA event near Crescent...