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When casting light jigs and rigs, what's your rod of choice and why does it work for you on your water?

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What kind of fishing and what kinds of "rigs"?

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8 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

What kind of fishing and what kinds of "rigs"?

Casting light jigs (1/16th and under) tipped with plastics and light split shot and drop shot rigs for sunfish and/or crappie.

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The best rod I've owned for that stuff was a 6' 8" L/XF. It would launch a 1/32 or 1/16oz jig a mile but had enough backbone to set a hook at a distance. I used it for crappie and trout.

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I love the rods from B n' M myself. My favorite is the SHSS (Sam Heaton's Super Sensitive) series. And for casting light jigs with sufficient backbone to tackle just about any species, the 7' model is hard to beat. Won't break the bank either at around the $50.00 mark at many retailers. Check out Grizzly Jig Company too. They have the best prices in my opinion. Good Luck! :)

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14 hours ago, Crestliner2008 said:

I love the rods from B n' M myself. My favorite is the SHSS (Sam Heaton's Super Sensitive) series. And for casting light jigs with sufficient backbone to tackle just about any species, the 7' model is hard to beat. Won't break the bank either at around the $50.00 mark at many retailers. Check out Grizzly Jig Company too. They have the best prices in my opinion. Good Luck! :)

I've tried B n' M poles but have never tried their rods before. Gonna have to give them a try if I can find one in stores. I was a big believer in BPS Micro Lite Graphite Series of rods until they went and changed them with this last generation. I really like the St Croix Panfish Series of rods. I have the 6'9" ULF and 7' LXF. I like the 6'9" for casting light jigs and rigs. I tried the G Loomis line of panfish and trout rods but they just didn't feel right for the type of fishing I do and were almost twice the $.

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In use a 7 foot light rod  that reads Trout on it . It works for crappie too .

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I use an old BPS Micro-Lite 6'6" ultra light and an Okuma AV-15 reel spooled with 4# or 6# mono.

Certainly not high-end or expensive, but it works for me.

 

Tom

 

 

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5 hours ago, tholmes said:

I use an old BPS Micro-Lite 6'6" ultra light and an Okuma AV-15 reel spooled with 4# or 6# mono.

Certainly not high-end or expensive, but it works for me.

 

Tom

 

 

The previous BPS MicroLite Graphite rod series was my absolute favorite before I tried the St Croix series. I still liked them and would highly recommend them before the went to this latest generation. Haven't tried them yet and probably won't. I really liked the handle and reel seat of the previous generations.

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I use a 6' St. Croix Avid UL. I like the higher sensitivity of this rod but I also fish for crappie a lot so I didn't have a problem justifying the price tag. St. Croix makes a panfish that is really nice for the price. The 6'9" would be good for getting some distance for those light jigs. If you are fishing open water Berkley Nanofil or Suffix Nanobraid are far superior to braid or mono as far as casting distance goes. You do run into some issues if you are fishing in brush, which is pretty likely while crappie fishing.

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I don't have a go to because I set each one up with a different lure/line.  If I had to pick one out of my rod locker and say it was my favorite it would have to be one of my Fitzgerald's (Stunner/Vursa); paired with a Lew's Tournament or Abu Revo.  I use bait casters a lot and only deviate from them when I need to go with lighter line or need a micro lure. But when I need to tie on a light lure or need lighter line I reach for one of my Lew's combo's or St Croix paired with a Abu reel.  Sometimes I will reach for the old cheap BPS/Gander brands. 

 

I often get asked which rod out of the 45 that I have is my favorite.  And every time I answer back with All of them are.  This tactic helps keep them from trying to reach for my rods instead of the cheap ones that I have set aside for guest to use. 

 

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On 1/11/2017 at 10:45 AM, Loomis13 said:

I use a 6' St. Croix Avid UL. I like the higher sensitivity of this rod but I also fish for crappie a lot so I didn't have a problem justifying the price tag. St. Croix makes a panfish that is really nice for the price. The 6'9" would be good for getting some distance for those light jigs. If you are fishing open water Berkley Nanofil or Suffix Nanobraid are far superior to braid or mono as far as casting distance goes. You do run into some issues if you are fishing in brush, which is pretty likely while crappie fishing.

I had tried the "normal" braided lines before on my sunfish/crappie casting gear, but had very little success and didn't much like it. I tried Nanofil this year and was amazed at how well it performed. As you mentioned, on the 6'9" SC Panfish the Nanofil casts MUCH farther and are far more sensitive than even my favorite mono. I still like mono around a lot of brush and othe harsh cover situations, but I prefer to fish the Nanofil when I can. 

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