The Crappie Starter Set….

I just started fishing and have to buy gear. What crappie products should a newbie start with?

The nice thing about crappie is that they do not require a lot of expensive gear. It can be as simple as a homemade cane pole, line, split-shot, a hook and a minnow. Or, if you wish, you can go out and buy a $10,000.00 Crappie ‘Tournament’ boat, complete with enough gadgets and electronics to be able to chase submarines with. It’s up to you.

For a beginner, I would suggest going to Walmart, or some other nearby store, and buying one of the Crappie Combos made by Zebco, Shakespeare, Diawa and Johnson. I am especially fond of the Johnson outfits. They are comfortable to fish with, and are virtually trouble-free. The rod and rell are perfectly matched to each other, and for most crappie fishing. Next, I would recommend getting one of those panfish kits that have assorted colors and sizes of tube jigs, marabou jigs, or twister-tail jigs. You can fish with this set up anywhere, from now on. I would also recommend a cheap basic tacklebox with an assortment of crappie hooks, or #4 Aberdeen hooks, some small splitshots or egg sinkers, a few small bobbers, and a Rapala Filet Knife. (I don’t care what anyone says, Rapala makes the best fillet knives, I have had mine for over 30 years, and it has outlasted several Gerbers, Henckels and Forschners., all of which costed several times more. My other choice of filet knife is a folding Opinel.They don’t get any better than this. And lastly, buy a floating fish basket. Never put crappie on a stringer. They have very soft mouths and will easily tear loose from a stringer. All this can be bought for less than $50.00 total. Just add some live minnows, and your good to go anywhere, anytime.

Happy fishing.


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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