Canady has been fishing for crappies for more than 40 years. Although he primarily leans on spider rigging from his boat, he knows that spring pre-spawn and spawning periods also offer shore-based anglers their best shot at slabs, and to catch them, being versed in long-pole dipping is a must. From March through early May, the fish will congregate in heavy cover, particularly brush piles, in relatively shallow water. Some may be reachable from the bank, but others will require wading, and a dipping approach allows you to get very close to the structure and lower a jig or live minnow straight down vertically into its heart. The trick to being effective is “going shopping,” as Canady puts it.