I was fortunate enough, about 10 years ago, to buy a piece of property on a private lake in southern Alamance county. I went down there after dinner this evening to check for storm damage and after finding none decided to do a little top water fan casting off our dock. The lake has good crappie, very good bream and a lot of small bass and I can usually catch one or two 12 - 14 inch bass in about 15 minutes of fishing. They're nothing special but it's relaxing. Started out off the right side and had a couple of short strikes. After a few minutes of trying to coax another strike, I switched directions and cast into four or five feet of water off the left front of the dock. As I took up line after a couple of twitches, I realized I had a fish on. Expecting a small bass, I hauled in this crappie. I've caught crappie close to the surface with small shallow running crank baits, but I've never caught a crappie on a top water bait before. Although I seldom throw back a fish on this lake because the bass are stunted, I let this crappie go for another day.