UPDATED MARCH 27th
Welcome to the site of the Eastern Buckeye Crappie Club. My name is Tim Rickey, the founder of this club and I also do the leg work for the tournaments. I started the EBCC with the hope of bringing together the Crappie anglers of the eastern Ohio area as well as our neighboring areas.
The 2015 season will be the 10th year of this club and I am stepping back and re-evaluate the future of this club. I have worked very hard looking for sponsors and setting up our tournament events. Though the last ten years we have had nearly a hundred different members of which we have about 20 that are active in nearly all events we have had.
So here is what I am asking of my dedicated members as well as any visitors. I WANT YOUR INPUT!! I need all the help I can get to what you as anglers would like to see in this club. Your Ideas! What lakes you would like to see our events to be held at. What type of format would you like to see our events are ran on. size of fish and how many fish to weigh in at events. Should we raise or lower our event entry fees. What other types of events should the club be putting together. PLEASE go to our guest page and sign-in and leave your comments. You can also go to www.crappie.com and go to the Ohio board and comment the EBCC forum on there.
We as anglers must stick together no matter what species we fish for. I myself fish for saugeyes as well as Crappie. But when wanting to do some crappie fishing as a group there are only a few places where to go. That is the one reason for starting this club. There are numerous bass clubs and some walleyes clubs, heck there are even catfish and carp clubs around but not for the crappie enthusisist.
Also in the way of events, there were only a few here and there events that most anglers could go and join in a tournament without putting up half a paycheck. One other thing I stress about our tournaments is the involving of family members. Most of the top Crappie teams on the pro trail are brothers, father and son or husband and wife teams and I really encourage that in our club as well. We also have around 3 or 4 teams that father and son or pair of brothers and yes we have some husband/wife teams in our club events.
One thing I would like to see is more of us sharing the techniques and styles of fishing we engage in to catch our favorite panfish. There are lots of folks who catch crappie in the spring then sit at home the rest of the year or out fishing for other species. The crappie can be caught anytime of year and you need to learn or help others learn the techniques it takes to catch slabs year-round. Besides that, if you are not fishing for crappie in the fall or winter you don't know what you are missing.
I have been trying to work with the ODNR to involve us in the placing of fish structure and other forms of fish management. They have invited us to go along with them on the electro-shock surveys when they record the sizes and populations of the crappies. I would like to get the members involved in helping with these fish conservation efforts. The more interest that is shown and more volunteers we can muster the more we can get done.
We have been having meetings occasionally but with small turn-outs. I hope in the future more will become involved and help me with the tasks to keep this club growing. I do all the leg work hooking up sponsors, setting up the events and running the tournaments myself with the help of my partner and wife. We always have to be there early and are the last to leave the launch.
With that said I will close. I hope you visit the rest of the pages and come join us at some of our events. Thank you for your interest.