The four-week course runs from 7 to 9 p.m. each Monday in February and begins Feb. 4 with Morrow teaching a class called “Get Out of Your Comfort Zone to Catch More Crappie.” Morris, a three-time Crappie Master’s event winner and back-to-back Missouri state champion, is known as “The Crappie Coach” and has been featured on the Sportsman’s Channel.
Faulkenberry, who is also a tournament angler and hosts the popular weekly outdoor radio show “The Missouri Outback” on KDKD-FM 95.3 in Clinton, Mo., will teach the second class on Feb. 11. His class is titled “Missouri-Region Crappie Patterns Now Through Spring.”
“A lot of what I will be speaking on is changing patterns through seasons, water temps, etc.,” Faulkenberry said. “Also on not just chasing fish, but chasing active fish.”
Maupin, who along with Morrow earned the the 2018 Crappie Masters Angler Team of the Year, will present during the third week. The team has combined for three Crappie Master’s Missouri State Championships and a Mississippi State Championship in 2017.
Maupin will teach a class on Feb. 18 called “How to Fish Different Types of Crappie Cover — Natural and Man-Made.”
Finally, Rogers will bat cleanup with his class on Feb. 25 called “How to Find and Catch Crappie in New Places.”
Rogers and his father team up regularly in crappie tournaments and have more than 30 professional wins across five states. They have mastered the “run and gun” technique for crappie fishing. Rogers also is the host of the BobbyGarlandCrappieTV channel on YouTube.
The entire four-week course will cost $89 for those wishing to enroll, which can be done online at http://www.jccc.edu/ce or by calling (913) 469-2323. The class will be held each week at the Regnier Center on the JCCC campus.
Crappie University was established in 2015 by Gary White, who also founded Bass Techniques and Bassmaster University, to help educate anglers across the country about crappie fishing.
“We did the Bassmaster University programs for about 25 years all over America,” White told The Topeka Capital-Journal in 2016. “Matter of fact, we’ve been in 130 colleges in the United States and Canada, including Johnson County. They were one of the very first places where we did the bass thing, years and years ago. So that’s what we’ve done with this new thing, we’ve really just kind of gone back to these colleges that did the bass thing.”
White said in that interview that the crappie fishing scene was quickly growing and becoming a popular sport in its own right.
“What’s happened with the crappie situation is that crappie fishing is where bass fishing was about 30 years ago,” White said. “They’re just now coming into their own as far as all these new techniques, new tackles, new ideas about how to catch crappie. In Oklahoma now, crappie have passed bass as the number one sportfish and it’s gaining nationwide.”