Poles for Crappie Fishing

When fishing for crappie, if you are doing a lot of casting, I recommend a single piece rod or one that you are certain will not come apart. Do not forget to check the ratings for the rod such as line weight and line type. Many manufacturers will put eyelets on that only support monofilament line, especially for lighter pan fish, so make sure you are aware of the fishing line that your rod will support.

Unless you are pursuing a career in professional crappie fishing I don’t recommend a rod priced in the hundreds of dollars. Most mid range rods will meet your needs; I have found that I have a certain fondness for Shakespeare rods when looking for a light duty pan fishing rod. These are super sensitive and provide the extra strength that I am looking for. When I teamed this rod with a Shimano reel I found I never went home empty handed.

Do not forget that a fishing pole is another item in your tool box for fishing and it will require maintenance and at some point replacement. Every fishing rod flexes and stresses when used properly, and hopefully when catching crappie. All these stress points will, someday, create a break so remember this and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for care and replacement.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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