Teach me about Crappie fishing in the lakes

My fishing buddy has been wanting to go crappie fishing in the lakes - mostly upper Marion - and I think it would be a hoot. Looking at the Rimini area. What do I need to know? I'd be in our little 13foot boston whaler so I don't think I wanna hit the big water with the little boat.

Funny...hitting the ocean and going 40 miles out does not worry me much...going to the upper lake is a bit spooky to me.

"I am constantly amazed at the stupidity of the general public."
~my dad

*2007 Grady White 222 Fisherman / 250 Yamaha
Simrad NSS evo2 and G4
*2006 Boston Whaler 13'
1 - wife (The Warden)

Former ECFC