Long Rod Options for Panfish

Long Rod Options for Panfish

Wader-Long-Panfish-Pole-In-FishermanMyriad pole and long rod options for panfish are available to anglers who prefer to dip and dabble their baits around cover or troll spider-rig style in open water. This is a peak at a few of the prominent options on the market — a preview of tackle best suited for these applications. As a technical note, by In-Fisherman definition a pole does not have rod guides and isn't for use in conjunction with a reel. Many poles do have line keepers of one sort or another. Rods, obviously, are designed to employ a reel, most often a spinning reel, but also at times spincast and casting reels.

Bass Pro Shops

Crappie pro Wally Marshall's latest rod design is the Signature Series Super Slide Rod, featuring an adjustable foregrip and reel seat that slides up the rod for easy placement in a rod holder. These two-piece moderate-action rods are made of IM-6 graphite in lengths of 9, 10 and 12 feet. Also consider the Tightline Special Trolling Rod with a high-visibility tip and a handle designed to fit securely in a rod holder. Meanwhile, the Signature Series Universal and Pro Series rods are ideal for dabbling in thick brush. Uncle Buck's Crappie Poles are also available in lengths of 10, 12 and 13 feet, and he Uncle Buck's Deluxe Crappie Poles are offered in lengths of 10, 12, 13 and 16 feet — basspro.com

B'n'M Poles

Buck's Graphite Jig Pole, a classic dipping pole, has been redesigned with larger Dynaflo guides that are lighter and more durable, plus a new cushioned reel seat. A flipping and dipping pole, Buck's Gold Jig Pole, has Dynaflo spinning guides and the new cushioned reel seat. Spider-rigging options include the Pro Staff Trolling Rod, with an offset reel seat to provide easy removal form a rod holder — in lengths from 8 to 20 feet. The Crappie Wizard Series has fluorescent yellow tips for better visibility — bnmpoles.com


Whuppin' Stick Crappie Rods and Poles are light-action fiberglass options for dipping tactics. The rods have foam grips with graphite slip rings to secure reels in various positions — in lengths ranging from 71⁄2 to 12 feet. The poles are telescopic to lengths of 10, 12 and 13 feet and have a high-visibility tip — cabelas.com


Grizzly Jig Company

The Grizzly Elite Brush Rod is offered in two- and three-piece models adaptable to many applications. The 101⁄2-foot model is for fishing in heavy brush but can be converted to a trolling rod. The three-piece model has a standard 101⁄2-foot tip for dipping applications, while the 91⁄2-foot brush tip is for winching heavyweight crappies out of cover — grizzlyjig.com

Hi-Tech Fishing

The Shooting Star Telescopic Series are available with either reel seats and guides for trolling or a line winder model for dipping. The newest model is the Shooting Star Pro equipped with a deluxe handle and gripping system. The HT Jiggin' Stick Pro is made of IM7 graphite, while the HT Panfish Special Pro available in 10-, 11- and 12-foot models is for dipping. The Jiggin' Stick, in either graphite or fiberglass, is a top choice for trolling — Hi-Tech Fishing

Dippin' and dabblin' and draggin' a big one up and out of cover.

Outlaw Crappie Poles

Constructed with IM7 graphite blanks, these poles are in lengths from 8 to14 feet. The 8-foot and 10-foot models are for jigging in the brush, while the 11-, 12-, and 14-foot versions are for trolling. All the poles are two-piece except the14-footer which has three sections — anglersmidwest.com

Ozark Rod Company

The Ultralight Series in lengths of 8 to 12 feet are equipped with a center reel seat, while the 10- and 11-foot models have rear reel seats for dipping jigs or livebait. The Heavy Jigging Series rods are offered in the same lengths and have spinning guides for either flipping into heavy cover or casting a slip bobber and jig. The Trolling Series are12-and 14-foot fiberglass poles with high-visibility tips for strike detection. The Pro Series Trollers in 12, 14, 16 and 20 feet are graphite poles with an extended foam handle in front of the reel seat to provide easy placement and remove from a rod holder — ozarkrodcompany.com


Telescoping Wonderpoles have line keepers and fluorescent color tips for helping detect strikes. The light-action poles are in lengths of 10, 12, 13, 16 and 20 feet — shakespeare-fishing.com

Slater's Jig Company

The 10-foot Jig'n Pole is a two-piece fiberglass pole with line guides and a choice of foam or cork handles. Other models suited for dipping include the Eddie Slater's Classic 10- and 11-foot extension poles, Crappie Buster telescoping 10 and 13 footers, and the Ultimate Crappie Rod, a 98-percent graphite pole in 10- and 11-foot lengths. For spider rigging, consider the Trolling Master Pole — 12- and 14-foot fiberglass models — and Big Jim's Crappie Rod, two pieces in lengths of 9 and 10 feet — slatersjigs.com

Wright & McGill

Although labeled Salmon Steelhead Series rods, the Light Drifter and Float Rods are in sizes, actions, and lengths suitable for dipping tactics. The 9-foot Light Drifter has spinning and casting. The Float Rods are spinning models available in lengths of 101⁄2 and 111⁄2 feet — wright-mcgill.com

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