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Spring Crappie Fest / 2019 Spring Crappie Fest at Roosevelt Lake
« on: March 19, 2019, 07:22 PM »
2019 Spring Crappie Fest at Roosevelt Lake
The AZCA Spring Crappie fest is set!  Location is Roosevelt Lake, Grapevine group site, Grebe loop.  All activities will occur in the center ramada in the Grebe loop.

Thursday, April 11th
9am: Loop is open to current AZCA members only.  Once you enter the loop, please see AZCA Vice President Dave Thompson with your completed camping form and you will receive your parking pass for the weekend.  If he is not there, ask for another AZCA club officer to get your parking pass.  Dave will collect camping forms from all attendees nightly.

Friday, April 12th
12 noon: Loop is open to all registered users of azcrappie.com to set up camp. Once you enter the loop, please see AZCA Vice President Dave Thompson with your completed camping form and you will receive your parking pass for the weekend.  If he is not there, ask for another AZCA club officer to get your parking pass.  Dave will collect camping forms from all attendees nightly.

5:45pm: Group dinner and campfire. The AZCA will provide charcoal for the grills in the center ramada so bring whatever you’d like to cook.  We may have cornhole for those interested.

7pm: Campfire.  Please bring some firewood to share.

Saturday April 13th
5:45am-6:30am: Derby director takes entry forms and checks livewells for the fishing derby. Please see the attached derby form for details.

3pm: Weigh-in for the fishing derby. Please see official rules, please do not be late but if you know you will be, please let the derby director know so we are not waiting for you.

4pm: Official AZCA meeting. For AZCA members, be sure and get your AZCA membership form and money to our Membership Director, Larry Larsen.

4:45pm: Raffle!  Bring cash so you have a chance to win some of the awesome prizes being awarded.  This is your year to win!

5pm: Fish cleaning.  This is a great opportunity for club members

5:45pm: Fish fry & pot luck dinner. The AZCA will fry the fish. Everyone please bring a side dish, desert, etc to share.

7pm: Campfire. Please bring some firewood to share.

8pm: Poker tournament hosted by Tommy FishMan.  Tunes provided by Menrats.

Sunday, April 14th
8am: Camp tear down and clean up. Everyone is expected to clean up their own camp site and help clean up the group area.

11am: SCF 2019 is over and everyone must be out of the loop.

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Roosevelt / Roosevelt 3/15-3/16
« on: March 17, 2019, 05:01 PM »
On the water 1pm Friday 3/15 and wind was howling.  We went to some habitats and found them at 45-50ft deep and then headed into coves away from the wind.  Water temp out in the open water was 50 degrees and a little warmer in the coves.  Only crappie our boat caught for both days was Friday afternoon caught by WallyG with jig and minnow not shallow.  Water very dirty and debris running down middle of lake.

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General Discussion / Boat Maintenance Items - How Often?
« on: February 03, 2019, 08:38 AM »
How often do you guys do the following boat maintenance items?  I've talked to 3 mechanics over the last week and getting multiple answers.  You can make the assumption the boat is parked outside but always covered in shade, and boat is used average of once per month with some significant usage once per year (e.g. Lake Powell).

Lower unit / replace gear oil -- Yearly
Fuel filter -- Yearly?
Spark plugs -- ?
Impeller/water pump - ?
Primer bulb and hoses - ?
Inline fuel/water separator - I've never had one of these, but getting one installed.  Any maintenance on this needed?
Motor oil - mine is 2-stroke so no changing.... just adding
Trailer bearings -- grease twice a year?
Trailer Tires - check air pressure including spare
Other?

Other question - I was looking at some other boat motors noticing how clean and non-greasy/non-oily they look specifically the parts at the motor used for steering and where it connects to the transom.  I'm not sure if mine is dirty 'cause it's a 2-stroke or if those boat owners are meticulously cleaning exposed oil/grease off of them, but mine seems to get oil/grease from somewhere.  Are you guys wiping down exposed oil/grease below your motor near transom after each trip or are yours just cleaner running?


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Bartlett / Bartlett 1/27
« on: January 27, 2019, 05:19 PM »
Fished Bartlett 8:30-2:30 today caught 10 crappie all nice sized.  We fished trees initially and then went more open water and had better luck.  Took some pictures and tossed them all back.

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Upcoming Events / AZCA March 2019 Meeting at Roosevelt Lake
« on: January 21, 2019, 06:34 PM »
The March meeting location will be at Roosevelt Lake on Saturday, March 16th at 4pm.  The meeting will be held at Windy Hill launch area, specifically the northeast corner of the parking lot of the Badger boat ramp.  Please see the attached map.

This is an OPEN meeting for both AZCA members as well as registered users of this site.  This meeting is a great opportunity for folks interested in joining the club to meet members of the club and see what we're all about.

On that same day is the Let's Talk Fishin' crappie tournament also at Roosevelt Lake.  A few of the AZCA members will be at the tournament weigh-in.  Please don't hesitate to introduce yourself to a member to learn more about the club.

For information and history about the AZCA, please see our Club Information thread.

If you would like to become a member, please see our Club Membership and Club Meetings threads.

If you are new to this website or the AZCA Club, please feel free to introduce yourself here by replying to this post.

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Upcoming Events / AZCA February 2019 Meeting at Alamo Lake
« on: January 21, 2019, 06:31 PM »
The February meeting location will be at Alamo Lake on Saturday, February 16th. The exact meeting location and time will be posted here the week of the meeting.

On that same day is the Arizona Mule Deer Org crappie tournament, also held at Alamo Lake.

For information and history about the AZCA, please see our Club Information thread.

If you would like to become a member, please see our Club Membership and Club Meetings threads.

If you are new to this website or the AZCA Club, please feel free to introduce yourself here by replying to this post.

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This is not an Arizona Crappie Association sponsored event.  This is being shared by the Arizona Crappie Association as it may be of interested to club members and visitors of this site.  If you have any questions regarding this event, please reach out to Let's Talk Fishin via the contact info below.

Let's Talk Fishin has added a crappie tournament to their schedule set for Saturday, March 16th at Roosevelt Lake Windy Hill.

Please see the attached entry form for further details.  Also see attached "Crappie Tournament Rules.pdf" for rules and how to register.

Stay tuned to this site or www.letstalkfishin.com for further details as they are made available.  For more info contact Tracy Purtee at 928-978-3659 or email letstalkfishin@gmail.com.

On that same day, the March Arizona Crappie Association meeting will be held at 4pm.  The meeting will be held at Windy Hill launch area, specifically the northeast corner of the parking lot of the Badger boat ramp.  Please see the attached map.

This is an OPEN meeting for both AZCA members as well as registered users of this site.  This meeting is a great opportunity for folks interested in joining the club to meet members of the club and see what we're all about.

For information and history about the AZCA, please see our Club Information thread.

If you would like to become a member, please see our Club Membership and Club Meetings threads.

If you are new to this website or the AZCA Club, please feel free to introduce yourself here by replying to this post.

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General Discussion / AZGFD - Roosevelt Lake Rising
« on: January 10, 2019, 06:50 PM »
From: https://fishaz.azgfd.com/fishingwaters/centralwaters/fishing-report-roosevelt-lake-rising-mogollon-rim-frozen/

Due to the recent storms and run-off, the amount water flowing into Roosevelt Lake has increased dramatically. Both the Salt River and the Tonto Creek are flowing above their normal rates for this time of year. The lake is currently 40% full and rising slightly each day. The water is very clear with the temperature reaching 50 degrees on some morning and rising to 54 degrees on a sunny afternoon.

At the current water temperature, fish metabolism will slow meaning that cold-blooded fish are less active and will eat less. Combine the colder water temperature with the recent storms and large swings in the barometric pressure,  all of these factors are contributing to fishing being called poor. Anglers reports some success using a deep Carolina-rig technique. A few other anglers reporting using jigging spoons such as a Trendsetter jig in deeper depths.

Crappie fishing has been reported as extremely slow; however, if the weather stabilizes for a couple of consecutive days, crappie fishing should improve greatly.  Large schools of crappie are being located in 15-25 foot depths. The bite during colder months can be very slight if vertically fishing. An ultra light rod and a light braided line are always recommended for crappie fishing.

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This is not an Arizona Crappie Association sponsored event.  This is being shared by the Arizona Crappie Association as it may be of interested to club members and visitors of this site.  If you have any questions regarding this event, please reach out to the Arizona Mule Deer Organization via the contact info below.

From the Arizona Mule Deer Organization:

Hey Folks! Save the date of Saturday February 16. Arizona Mule Deer Organization will be having a Fundraising Crappie tournament At Alamo Lake, $50.00 entry gets you in for 50% payback of the biggest bag of 10 crappie $25.00 for biggest crappie, and $10.00 for biggest goon fish (that's any fish that's not a crappie). We will have be having hot dogs with all the fixins for a donation.

RULES!!!!
Rules are as follows - If it's legal per Arizona Game and Fish, then it is allowed. You may have as many people on your boat as is US Coast Guard approved, as long as they are all paid participants (BASS MUST BE ALIVE AND RELEASED BACK INTO THE WATER IF USED FOR GOON FISH!).

All the info is below and you can buy your entry fees through Eventbrite at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arizona-mule-deer-org-presents-our-first-annual-alamo-lake-crappie-tourney-tickets-53959992791?fbclid=IwAR1rGWX_J7yv3ziZQ_w4Nz7eEa9beKfHcyh_JA3_FPckzMISFmieYmxHPCc

For more info contact Clayton Ross @ 602-740-3292 or Terry @ 623-696-5579. This will be a hoot!!!

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Roosevelt / Roosevelt 12/29
« on: January 01, 2019, 11:29 AM »
Fished Roosevelt Saturday, 12/29 with 3 of us in the boat.  We (FishHawk) caught only 1 crappie.  We fished several habitats and some open water, and found fish but couldn't get them to bite.

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Club Membership Information / Club Membership
« on: December 27, 2018, 05:58 PM »
Thank You for your interest in becoming a member of the Arizona Crappie Association (AZCA).  Club membership is a simple two step process as outlined below:

The prospective member(s) will attend a monthly club meeting where he/she will introduce themselves to club membership and express interest in club membership.

He/She will then be required to attend a second monthly club meeting within the same calendar year where the prospective member will be voted upon by current club members for membership into the club.  Once voted in, the prospect will be required to fill out a membership application and pay the required club dues. Once completed, access to the AZCA Website’s Members Only Clubhouse will be granted.
 
Cost of Club Membership: Club Membership dues are $30 annually, $20 for spouses.  Youth membership (minor children under 18 years of age) are free.  After October 1st, Club Membership dues are $20, $10 for spouses.  To pay your dues, please use a personal check made out to "Arizona Crappie Association".

Club Membership runs from April 1st thru April 1st of the next year.

Please see the attached membership application doc.

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Club Membership Information / Club Meetings
« on: December 27, 2018, 05:56 PM »
Regular club meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month, unless those dates conflicts with a holiday or special event.  Club meeting dates and times will be posted in the club calendar, in a post under the Upcoming Events thread and in the “News” section on the upper right hand corner of the club’s website.  All club meeting locations and dates (if changed) will be voted upon by membership at previous meetings.

Club meetings are of two different types as described below:

Open Meetings:  There are four (4) open meetings a year that are open to the general public and prospective members to attend.  These four (4) open meetings include meetings during the months of March, April, September and October.

Closed Meetings:  All other club monthly meetings are considered a closed meeting to the general public.  Closed meetings are for AZCA Members and their guests only.  If, however, a prospective member would like to prospect the club as a guest during a closed meeting, you can 1) attend that meeting with a current AZCA club member or 2) express your interest in attending that closed meeting by making a post below that month’s meeting announcement under the Upcoming Events thread, whereas a current club member will usually sponsor you guest access to that meeting.  See that month’s meeting announcement post for further information.

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Club Membership Information / Club Information
« on: December 27, 2018, 05:52 PM »
Thank You for your interest in The Arizona Crappie Association (AZCA).  Founded by Bill “Piscolli” Eveland in March 2007, the AZCA was originally formed as a chapter of the American Crappie Association.  In April 2008, the AZCA split from the American Crappie Association and became an independent club being the first and only Crappie fishing club in Arizona.

Dedicated to Protecting & Promoting the sport of Crappie fishing in Arizona, the AZCA membership consists of people from all walks of life from all over the sate.  We are a group of everyday people that have one thing in common – Crappie fishing.  Together we share tips & techniques with each other to better our understanding and success at fishing for that ever-elusive Crappie.  Much of this information is passed on via the Club’s website in the members-only Clubhouse.  This Clubhouse is where members will share detailed information on the Crappie bite at various lakes along with the techniques that are catching fish, a privilege of club membership!

AZCA members meet the second Saturday of every month at various lakes for a day of Crappie fishing followed by the clubs monthly meeting.  See the Club Meetings post for details.

The Club holds two big events every year.  The first yearly big club event is Spring Crappie Fest that is held every April and the second big club event is The Bob Hirsch Crappie Classic held every October and is in remembrance of the late Bob Hirsch, one of Arizona’s great outdoorsman and an outdoor writer.  Both of these events consist of a group campout, potluck dinner, a friendly Crappie fishing derby, and is always a fun weekend!!  Camping for the weekend is free for club members and is paid for by the club, another privilege of club membership!

So if you are a Crappie fanatic like we all are, enjoy being in the great Arizona outdoors and have interest in joining our club – come check us out and attend one of our monthly meetings.  We look forward to meeting you!

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Roosevelt / Roosevelt Lake AZGFD Habitat Structures
« on: December 24, 2018, 07:11 AM »
As a courtesy to visitors of this site, I'm posting a link to the Roosevelt Lake habitat structures.  You should visit the link occasionally as it gets updated when they add more habitats:
https://fishaz.azgfd.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/RooseveltHabitat.pdf

Please do share your fishing reports, good or bad, to assist others who are into crappie fishing.  You do not have to share where you fished, but it's often nice to hear the general lake reports to get an idea if the lake is on or off.

Roosevelt Lake reports go in this thread: http://www.azcrappie.com/forum/index.php/board,8.0.html

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Roosevelt / Roosevelt 12/22
« on: December 22, 2018, 05:19 PM »
Headed to Roosevelt to scout out a few new habitats and try a few old familiar ones.  On the water by 7:30am and off by 2pm. Got skunked on crappie, sort of knew it was gonna be that kind of day when the first 2 spots came up blank.  Caught several nice b@ss and had 2 lines break from something huge (probably catfish) just take my line and run before I could even get the rod out of the holder or correct the drag.

I have braid/fireline connected to my 8lb fluoro liter and had the 8lb liter break multiple times throughout the day.  Is there a particular brand you guys recommend for the liter line?  Are not all 8lb fluros the same?

Also, I couldn't remember how to tie that darn alberto knot so that was annoying I kept taking out new rods instead of tying new line.  That exposed how bad my backup rods/reels are.  And it exposed how my knot tying skills suck.  It takes me sooooo long to tie.

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