Crappie Basics 165: Choose the Right Rod

A carpenter needs the proper saws and power hammers. Tools of the trade are important. The same goes for a fisherman.

Fishermen differ on which rod is best for casting to crappie. A 5.5- or 6.0-foot ultra-light offers forgiving bend to help buffer the line during quick, hard runs. The ultra-light action provides more fun when fighting the fish.

However, the majority of the pros prefer a medium-light 6.5- to 8.0-foot rod. A sensitive tip is important. The stiffer rod allows better hooksets and more control of the fish. A longer rod allows for longer casts. An example is the BnM 7.0-foot Sam Heaton Super Sensitive.

Select a rod based upon your personal preference and the characteristics you need in a rod.