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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #20 on: Nov 29, 2013, 10:12 PM »
A medium rod will be your best bet. Has lots of power to drive the hook home and is still sensitive. If it is not sensitive enough use a spring bobber.
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  There's been many years where I've used the same rod for all panfish species and walleyes with just a switch of the spools on my reel to change the line between 1 lb and 4lb test (I use Fireline or Nanofil).
  I'd rather carry 2 identical rods with a small bag full of extra reel spools than carry 4 to 8 rods and waste time making decisions on which one to use !   

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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #21 on: Nov 30, 2013, 10:14 AM »
Just fished with a Wright and McGill Power Ice Noodle (I'm thinking it's their cheaper version of the Thorne Bros. Power Noodle) and I liked it so much I bought another one.  Was able to detect "up" bites with a 4mm Fiska due to the load in the rod tip. I was only fishing in 10', but I'm sure the rod will perform well in deeper water as well.

Great price point at Mill's Fleet Farm too!
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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #22 on: Nov 30, 2013, 10:24 AM »
I have two St. Croix Legend rods, one with a Clam Spooler 101 reel and the other with a soon to arrive Frabill Straight Line 101XLA reel.
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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #23 on: Nov 30, 2013, 05:46 PM »
  I'd rather carry 2 identical rods with a small bag full of extra reel spools than carry 4 to 8 rods and waste time making decisions on which one to use !   

No way I'm changing out spools in freezing temps. Several rigs ready to switch up presentations can keep a bite going.

That being said I have but one combo specifically for targeting crappie
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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #24 on: Dec 03, 2013, 10:23 AM »
There have been a lot of good points made here. I still rig up several rods with a variety of lures for crappie. Yesterday what happened  to do the best with my modified SC Legend. A small horizontal jig with an Impulse plastic tail was hot. The fish were glues to the bottom and biting light, so a super sensitive spring bobber was key. I also took crappie on two or three other set ups. Yes I was fishing a good lake, and no there wasn't a hot bite on. I worked patiently and stayed flexible and caught (and often missed) some nice fish. I carefully set up each rig for crappie, and also with patterns I knew to be good in the body of water I was going to fish. Also I spend time in my house jigging them and observing how they react; often it is different than what you might expect. Having a good balanced combo with a lure that responds well to it is probably a lot more critical than a rods action. That said I'm not going to use a noodle rod to target deep suspended fish. I know; just shut up and fish!


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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #25 on: Dec 04, 2013, 09:51 AM »
Nice catch VC-- You on firm ice in PA 2013?
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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #26 on: Dec 04, 2013, 01:03 PM »
Thx; Those are actually fish from last year on the same lake. I did take and release a similar gill, and about ten or twelve crappie about the size in that pic. As for firm ice, it might have been a one and done; I was fishing a small lake at elevation and the temps are above freezing there now, and will stay that way to the weekend. Most of the state isn't on safe ice at this point. Oh here's an actual shot from 12-1-13. This was early on, so some fish left with their captor and more got added. I released my best fish at dark, also caught on plastic.



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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #27 on: Dec 11, 2013, 03:48 PM »
i just bought the DH pantom rod for crappie after playing with it this thing is awesome.its basically his perch pounder rod with a super sensitive nitinol tip.

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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #28 on: Dec 13, 2013, 08:10 PM »
I won't panfish without my 27 inch quick tip bros series! It's so sensitive I can feel a fish fart on my jig below the ice ;) and it still has plenty of back bone.
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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #29 on: Dec 13, 2013, 09:16 PM »
Tuned Up Custom Rod's Precision Noodle looks to be a sweeet ice stick for crappie too
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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #30 on: Dec 16, 2013, 12:31 AM »
There seems to be a ton of buzz about the tuned up custom rods. I would assume that those have very high QC, components, and actions on each rod but they are a little rich for my blood.

I have come to a conclusion that these "Meatstick, Power Noodle, Precision Noodle" rods have their actions done just right so that you don't need to use a spring bobber. 13's UL rods are pretty similar in terms of having that similar action too.
As well as these fancy 30+ dollar rods, I've found that the now out of fashion fibreglass rods with extra soft actions work 99% just as well. These ones go for significantly cheaper, so pick a budget and go get yourself one of these rods!

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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #31 on: Jan 06, 2014, 06:50 PM »
Genz ice spooler combo 23"L

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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #32 on: Jan 19, 2014, 03:04 PM »
I have a 24" and a 28" MeatStick. I use the 28" most of the time. I switch to the 24" on real windy days so I can keep it closer to my body out of the wind.

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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #33 on: Feb 18, 2014, 04:30 PM »
I've been using my Fenwick elite tech ml. No complaints at all. Was thinking about checking out a tuned up custom.

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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #34 on: Feb 21, 2014, 11:08 PM »
I was having some trouble with my line tangling on my spring bobber and snapping so I started researching different rods. I happened upon this thread and saw a few people mention the ice blue rods. I ordered an HT ice blue pro 26 inch UL. I have only fished with around 5 or 6 different ice rods but I have to say that this is by far my favorite. I can detect the lightest of bites and it has great backbone and sets the hook really well. I have been using it for over a month and it has been very durable. The only negative thing I could say about it is that it has very small guides. If it is cold and windy they freeze up in a hurry. If it is really cold outside I fish inside my groundblind with the buddy heater anyways so it doesn't bother me. I really can't say enough about this rod and for 9 bucks it can't be beat.

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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #35 on: Sep 12, 2015, 09:00 PM »
32" perch sweet heart hands down the best at my presentation for crappie, also I feel totally confident fight 14-15" slabs.

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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #36 on: Sep 18, 2015, 03:50 PM »
what is your go to presentation for crappie with that perch sweetheart?

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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #37 on: Sep 21, 2015, 10:13 AM »
what is your go to presentation for crappie with that perch sweetheart?

Size 2,3,5 jigging rapalas.

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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #38 on: Sep 21, 2015, 04:11 PM »
interesting. I need to give the jigging raps another chance. Seems like I've used them a few times with no luck so kind of gave up on them. A LOT of guys say they are their go to lure so I will keep trying.

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Re: crappie rod
« Reply #39 on: Sep 21, 2015, 09:26 PM »
interesting. I need to give the jigging raps another chance. Seems like I've used them a few times with no luck so kind of gave up on them. A LOT of guys say they are their go to lure so I will keep trying.

They are an art you will not master in a day, the trick is to keep them moving and constantly bounce them crappie will engulf the entire rap. When I'm on big fish I'm no afraid to throw 5#s down on a walleye rod also no bait.

 


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