Fishing guide Adam Griffith and ‘The Crappie Chronicles’ teach pan fishing skills on YouTube


Adam “Griff” Griffith may find and catch poop. It may be a backwater or hidden in plain sight in an urban lake, but make no mistake, man finds and catches big fish. Make the leap to full time fishing guide last year meant taking a leap of faith, but he found the concert rewarding and filled the available slots. He doesn’t miss the construction trades, swapping his tool belt for fishing rods.

After years of panfish tournament fishing, he has mastered the game of find and catch. Now he is working to pass on these teachable skills to clients. Griffith gained some notoriety for the YouTube series “The Crappie Chronicles”. In the videos, now in their second season, friends and fishing experts Matt Waldron and Adam Bartusek team up with Griffith to hunt massive crappie in the Twin Cities metro area. The second season, still ongoing, featured angling and cooking maestro Ryan Pinkalla. The four men created a huge demand for their videos and the thrill of hunting huge crappie, working hard to spot and find big crappie and catching them on a variety of waters, fishing with fans and celebrities Internet, and enjoy the fruits of their labor, despite the many hours of hard work involved.

Crappie Guide Adam Griffith fights off a slab on a lake in Metro West. Griffith fishes in the lake to find giant crappie wandering among schools of small fish.

Not content to sit and wait for the fish, Griffith is always on the move, cutting holes and looking for fish with his Garmin Livescope. Remarkably, the Sidescan Livescope has taught him a lot about crappie behavior on some of the most pressurized lakes he fishes. “You can drive right over them and they don’t mind,” Griffith said. “But cutting holes, even walking…they start to grow and move away.” At first, Griffith was convinced that the reason for the fish’s easily agitated behavior was thin, clear ice. But as the season progressed, the ice thickened and the snow came, it became apparent that the fish were wise to the people who settled there and the subtlety of the different noises.

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When Griffith finds fish, especially large fish that he prefers to target for catch-photo-release, he will move over them with his Vexilar flasher. He appreciates the feedback and responsiveness of the flasher, noting a slight lag with the Livescope. It is then time to look at the work of the master. Griff keeps the bait above the fish, always tempting them with a steady jigging cadence and straining to lift them. He will make the fish work for the bait, but eventually temptation leads them to engage. He prefers his Thorne Brothers cane, a two-foot short noodle cane that allows him to park over his hole, protect himself from the wind, and watch for any line or cane movements, hard pulls or bites. generous. Paired with a Clam Spooler Elite reel, it can descend quickly to large slabs with jigging spoons or jigs paired with plastics for the right amount of balance and tip on the noodle rod.

Scott Mackenthun

Scott Mackenthun

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To learn more about crappie fishing or to book a trip with Adam Griffith, check out Griffith Outdoors on Facebook or email him at [email protected] You can also see his work with the rest of The Crappie Chronicles gang at

That’s the opinion of outdoor columnist Scott Mackenthun, an outdoor enthusiast who has been writing about hunting and fishing since 2005. You can follow him on Instagram @scottmackenthun and on Twitter @ScottyMack31.

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