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Crappie Pole Selection



Crappie poles are made by Crappie Poles, B & M Sam Heaton, Walley Marshal, and Uncle Bucks to name a few companies. 

They usually come in lengths from 8 to 16 feet long with the 10 foot pole being the crappie pole I recommend for a very good reason. 

Lets say you hook a Crappie and are trying to bring it in while you are using a 14 foot pole. I can tell you now there is no way that you can lift the fish out of the water and into your hands, so you have to start backing the pole into the boat until you reach the line the hand over hand to get to the fish if it is still there.

I think a lot of Crappie fishermen like the long poles to reach under treesto get them slabs out. Most of these poles care called jig poles for the rightreason. They have a Crappie jig tied on the end.

They move to a brush pile and move the tip of the rod under a tree and vertically drop the jig straight down moving it up and down.

Ultra light Rods Versus Crappie Pole:

This is where I jump in because I have had questions about Ultra light Rods and to me, these are great for Crappie fishing. No matter what the size of the Crappie, it will be like fighting a whale on a Ultra Light rod.

When you buy your Crappie Pole, look for the ones that have eyes on it so you can mount a small Ultra light reel on the pole. The reason behind this is if you so desire to get that long pole at least you can reel part of the way in to retreive that crappie slab.

This is also the time your open face spinning tackle comes in handy and you will still have the pleasure of reeling in the fish.

Crappie Pole: Cane, Fiberglass or Graphite:

Most of your Crappie pole come in fiberglass or graphite.

The graphite poles are lighter, stronger, and more sensitive. They come in one piece, two piece, or telescopic. These rods cost more than the cane poles but where cane poles wear out on a more frequent basis, the new improved poles will last season to season.

Take care of you Crappie poles like you do your Bass rods and they will last you a life time.

The funny side of this type of Crappie fishing is this is where you can wear your partner out with an air borne crappie. A lot of times you swing the fish into the boat when using a Jig Pole and if he is not watching you or you watching him, you are apt to get a fish in the face.

Keep the Hooks Wet!

Steve McGoldrick 

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