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KSU brings an Accelerated Course in Crappie Fishing Strategy to Atlanta area

February 1, 2017

KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education is offering a new four-week course for anyone interested in crappie fishing, beginner to avid. Crappie University is taught by four of America’s top guides and pros. The four instructors have a combined experience in crappie fishing, guiding and crappie tournaments that exceeds 80 years.

“Crappie fishing is no longer just a cane pole and bobber sport, and the pursuit of this sport fish has never been more popular,” said Crappie University’s Founder Gary White. “Across the country, crappie is gaining on bass as the number one sport fish.”

Each Crappie University instructor has a technique he relies on most when the fishing gets tough. Techniques like dock-shooting, long-lining and spider-rigging are just a few of the many tips and methods that will be presented in this course.

“These instructors know exactly where to find the crappie in every season of the year,” White said. “They are crappie pros and guides who have developed their techniques through trial and error.”

KSU’s Crappie University instructional staff includes Barry Morrow, “the crappie coach.” Morrow is a full-time crappie guide in Oklahoma and Missouri. He has been featured on the Sportsman’s Channel and fishes several crappie trails that cross the country. Morrow has won three Crappie Masters events and is the back-to-back winner of the Missouri State Championship. He is known nationwide for helping coach anglers in the art of crappie “catching.”

Dan Saknini is a crappie tournament pro who lives on Lake Lanier. Saknini will share his knowledge and techniques of what works best for Lake Lanier and other lakes in the region.

Also on the instructional staff are Bill Dannenmueller and Sam Heaton.

Dannenmueller is the publisher of the popular online crappie magazine, “Crappie Now”. His tournament accomplishments are back-to-back Angler of the Year Titles with the Crappie Masters’ National Tournament Trail.

Heaton is often called the “dean of southern crappie anglers.” He has a longtime reputation as a crappie guide in the southeast, and is the former pro team manager for well-known fishing brands Spiderwire, Johnson Outdoors and BnM Poles.

“Crappie University is not a seminar, it’s an accelerated course in the strategies and techniques for becoming a better crappie angler,” White said. “Our instructors are the best-of-the-best on their respective topics.”

KSU’s Crappie University begins on Thursday, Feb. 16, and continues through Thursday, March 2. Class times are 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and all four classes will be held at KSU Center. Course fee is $89 and covers all course materials, including samples of crappie lures and jig heads.

Registration for Crappie University can be completed online at or by calling 470-578-6765. For more information about Crappie University, visit


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