Custom Crappie Rod

Custom Crappie Rod

When Pro Brandon Lester isn't catching limits on Bassmaster Elite Series, he loves fishing for crappie and his lightweight 6'0" Crappie Spinning Rod is all he needs.

How Rod Building Helps Brandon Lester Catch Crappie

Among Mud Hole Pro Brandon Lester's favorite pastimes are custom rod building and crappie fishing. So, for Lester it was only a matter of time before he began complementing his knowledge of rod building with his passion for crappie fishing.

Whether casting into brush piles for suspended crappie or just shootin' docks, Pro Brandon Lester trusts his performance driven S721 6'0" Crappie Spinning Rod and now, so can you!

The Advantages of MHX Blanks for Fishing Crappie

Improving his crappie fishing performance began after carefully considering which MHX Rod Blank would be the best fit. Since the blank is the foundation of the fishing rod, this decision is one of the most important in forecasting the custom rod's ultimate performance.


For example, Lester knew this crappie spinning rod would require a shorter blank to cast with extreme accuracy around docks and into the brush piles that harbor the most crappie. Brandon also wanted the blank to have enough give in action and flex in power to sustain the hookset of a buttoned-up crappie.


After considering these factors above and discussing his idea with MHX, Brandon Lester chose the 6'0" S721-MHX Rod Blank because its length, action, and power are an incredible combination for crappie fishing.


Catching Suspended Crappie

When fishing for crappie, one successful technique comes from casting into brush piles along steep banks that collect plenty of crappie. These suspended crappies find refuge in the brush piles, which make them difficult to reach and even harder to get back out.

Although casting into sunken brush piles is tricky, Brandon Lester built his S721 6'0" Crappie Spinning Rod as the optimal answer for crappie fishing in this specific application.

Not only does the length strategically benefit casting accuracy, but the blank's mod-fast action and ultra-light power also form the perfect shock absorber for pinned down crappie. This balance allows the jig to reach the suspended crappie, and then as the rod flexes with the hookset, it absorbs the shock to easily wrestle crappie in to the boat.


Check out Pro Brandon Lester's insight on locating and catching suspended crappie:

Shootin' Docks for Crappie

Plus, the 6'0" length offers the perfect precision for shootin' docks, and since Lester favors shootin' docks for crappie, accuracy is always his priority. While shootin' docks with supreme accuracy, Lester prefers to use 1/32-3/16 oz. jig heads to help harness his rod's best performance.


Lester explains, "my 6'0" Crappie Spinning Rod is my go-to for crappie fishing, especially when I'm shootin' docks and need its incredible accuracy."

Watch Pro Brandon Lester and his custom crappie rod in action:

From the S721-MHX Blank and MHX WinnDry Polymer Grips, to the CRB Elite Guides and Fuji Graphite Reel Seat, this Brandon Lester 6'0" Crappie Spinning Rod is engineered with the ultimate advantages for a high-performance that keeps you hooking crappie.

As Bassmaster Elite Pro Brandon Lester says, "the best part of crappie fishing is eating 'em, so this rod's performance is perfect because it keeps my box and my belly full."

Snag your exclusive Brandon Lester S721 6'0" Crappie Spinning Rod.

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