Fishing last weekend at Piru, I was talking to some kayak anglers we meet while in line to get past the gate. They came that day looking to catch crappie.
Later in the morning I came into a cove and they were there. I asked how the crappie fishing was and they did have a few, but not many. A little way down, while watching for shallow water bass, I noticed a lot of pan fish clustered in the weeds. They were not skittish, either, as they stayed put while right below me.
I called over to the kayakers and told them there were a bunch of black crappie in the weeds, so they paddled over and began fishing with small tube jigs.
After catching the first one it became apparent that what I saw was NOT black crappie, but really big redear! Still good, though.
The club has an off-species side-pot, so here is a pic of a 1 lb. 15 oz. redear caught by Skeeter.