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  • AvatarLundImpact1675
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    All- looking for recommendations on the best crappie/bluegill rod for throwing light jigs. I currently use a ML 6′ St. Croix Triumph and 6925 Pflueger President with 6# mono, and it works fantastic for lures and baits 1/8 oz and heavier and for slip bobbing in all conditions. However, it does not throw 1/16 oz and lighter jigs very well.

    I have a Pflueger President 6920 that I would like to match with a rod that can sling light jigs without having to wind it up and throw my shoulder out whipping it. I assume I need a longer UL, but the ones that I have handled at Wally World and BP feel low quality and too whippy. I appreciate all the help in advance!

    Avatarwalleye jim
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    I would suggest changing line.. nanofil excels at throwing light lures/jigs..

    Avatardkwolf
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    An ultralight is going to feel ‘whippy’ – that’s part of what lets you cast the lightweight jigs. I picked up a 7′ UL Shakespeare at the Fisherman’s Factory outlet for $5 a couple weeks ago, and I’ve got a 7.5′ UL Cabelas rod with a Pflueger President and 4 lb mono as my go-to panfish rod.

    AvatarLundImpact1675
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    I will take a peek at the nano line.

    Does that 7.5′ UL have enough backbone to get a solid hookset on the occasional bass?

    AvatarSR Dave
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    Here are a couple to consider.
    http://www.fenwickfishing.com/fenwick-freshwater-rods-fenwick-hmg/fenwick-hmg-spinning/1363884.html#prefn1=ZZSERIES&prefv1=Fenwick%252520HMG&start=2

    http://www.fenwickfishing.com/fenwick-freshwater-rods-fenwick-hmx/fenwick-hmx-spinning/1405243.html#prefn1=ZZSERIES&prefv1=Fenwick%252520HMX&start=1

    Nice rods and not as “wimpy” as one might expect. I’ve handled eater size walleyes without too much problem. I am partial to the Fenwick® HMX® Spinning Model#HMX76L-MFS-2

    Loomis13Loomis13
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    Why not look at the St.Croix panfish series rods? The 7″ Light and the 6’9″ UL would be great options.

    AvatarLundImpact1675
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    Thank you for all the recommendations guys.

    Regarding the St. Croix’s, I know they make fine rods, and I was interested in seeing if there was an alternative out there with similar performance for less than $100. I spent a lot more on lower quality reels before I bought my first Pflueger. 😉

    Loomis13Loomis13
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    Quote by: LundImpact1675

    Thank you for all the recommendations guys.

    Regarding the St. Croix’s, I know they make fine rods, and I was interested in seeing if there was an alternative out there with similar performance for less than $100. I spent a lot more on lower quality reels before I bought my first Pflueger. 😉

    Got it. I would look at Fenwicks then like someone else mentioned.

    Avatariowapackfan
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    a good 61/2-7 ft UL should do the trick, but I would suggest 4 lb. test . I have 2 Tica Cetus series reels that are awesome with a UL set up. 😀

    Avatarahawk100
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    The 7′ UL Shakespeare mentioned previously is very well priced if you ask me. I bought one and I am extremely pleased with it. Also as mentioned before change the line, change the line. I run 2 lb test on my reels crappie fishing. Sometimes I will drop to 1 lb. I throw a 1/32 and 1/64 jigs without a bobber which when I was running with 4 lb test I couldn’t get it out over 6 feet. The lighter the line the farther you will be able to cast your turn.

    Avatarahawk100
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    That St Croix panfish rod runs 99 dollars while that 7′ UL Shakespeare (UL = micro lite) runs 19 dollars. You can buy a nice ultra lite reel with the 80 bucks you just saved. Don’t get me wrong I have nothing again St Croix rods, I have two of them I use for worming while bass fishing. I just can’t see spending that kind of money for a crappie rod, just my opinion.

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    Quote by: walleye+jim

    I would suggest changing line.. nanofil excels at throwing light lures/jigs..

    I’ve got nanofil on my panfish rig and I really like it. It’s my sniper rifle of light fishing tackle. I’ve got an 8′ Eagle Claw fiberglass rod and it slings light tackle across lakes. 😆

    Avatarcrusher61
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    I’ve been very pleased with a 6 1/2 foot, medium light action, Berkeley Lightning rod I bought on a trip to Minnesota a couple years ago after I broke an ultra light. It is rated for 6 to 12 lb line and 1/16 oz to 1/2 oz lures. It is my favorite crappie rod. It has a little backbone and I really believe I can cast light baits better with a little bit stiffer rod than one that is really whippy. I use 4 lb test Stren mono on a Pflueger Trion TRI25 reel and you can really cast 1/16 oz jigs easily. It’s about the only crappie rod I use. It is well worth the $35-$40 I paid for it.

    Avataroutdoorsron
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    Hello: I agree you don’t need an expensive rod for Crappie and gills. If a Scheels store is close check some of the Scheels brand rods. My experience with St. Crap , I mean St. Croix is their rods are way over priced for what you get and their customer service sucks. Good Luck. O – R

    Avatardelmuts
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    I have a Shakespeare 6 1/2 but in a light action nice rod. Mine is paired up with a president 6730 and 2/8 braid ( with flouro leader). Had to much trouble with no control of fish ( not good on the Miss.) and hook sets with the UL. The line DOES make a world of difference for casting. This set up has handled 5 lb. northern and 3 + smallies. They were a hand full,( and fun!) but got them in.

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