View Full Version : Help with Rod choice

10-07-2012, 04:01 PM
Im setup to spider rig out of front of my boat i used bnm westpoint 12 polls all this spring with good luck but i fell like i could put more fish in the boat if i switched to the Caps and Colman graphit 12 polls being that there lighter action then the fiberglass polls i have now... when i bought everthing this past spring my bugget was low after buying new boat and holder and everthing else needed thats why i went with the westpoints ... im wanting to buy 8 new cap colman 12 polls this winter some imput would be nice on yall openion

10-07-2012, 04:14 PM
I would consider longer poles if fishing in front of the boat. I also would look at the Crappie Maxx poles or new Wally Marshalls. Especially if running more weight. Capps and Coleman are not near the rod for the money. If stuck on BnMs consider PST rods, but for the money I would look at Crappie Maxx unerversal rods. They are solid graphite blanks and have alot more and better guides than BnMs.

10-07-2012, 04:24 PM
i run 1/2 oz weight on main line with swivle and one 1/16 jig head on line off swivle my weight with be same as i was using befor just wanting lighter action rod im not stuck on bnm's thats just what my fishing friends use.... can u post a link for the wally marshalls and the crappie maxx ...

10-07-2012, 06:54 PM
My recommendation would be the BnM Prostaff PST14. You get the extra reach for shallow fish with the 14 footers and they handle like a dream. To me the Capp and Colemans are too limp. We have fished our Prostaff's for the past 7 years and still going strong, but if you happen to break a tip you can buy them. Monks Crappie can fix you up, he has excellent prices on these, he also carries the replacement tips. These poles will take alot of abuse, believe me we have given them a working over, over the years.

10-07-2012, 07:59 PM
prob get alot of diff opinions on rods..........I have 16ft C&C rods and am pleased, work great for spider rigging/pushing

10-07-2012, 08:44 PM
Go to grizzlyjig.com they have a huge selection of different manufacturers. I have tried most and will tell you to save money look at Crappie Maxx also sold at Bass Pro.

10-07-2012, 08:50 PM
I use the BGJP 14ft model BnM rods and am very pleased with them. Some say they are too limber but that is what I like about them.

10-07-2012, 08:52 PM
I fish 12 ft PST,s and love them but if I were to buy a lighter tip pole I would go to Grizzly jig and get the 12ft BJJP which has a lighter tip,good back bone and good price also they are the pole that Capps& Coleman use when they are tournament fishing.

10-07-2012, 08:54 PM
Just ordered six Southern Crappie Rods. Awesome rods and cheaper than BnM.

Sent from my dad gum phone..

10-07-2012, 09:58 PM
I bought 4 12ft and 2 10ft Southern Crappie rods in the spring for rigging, and I love them, I want to add two 14ft rods this winter and do away with the 10s. Great rods and Ed is great to deal with.

Tony from Oak Point
10-07-2012, 11:17 PM
Just my opinion, but to me graphite's superior qualities are being lighter weight and having greater sensitivity. Glass is better for spider rigging and trolling because you'll see more movement on the rod (at least for the amount of sturdiness that the rod provides). Glass will load up the hook pressure more evenly and get more hooksets on unattended rods at least from what I've seen. Granted I mostly use braided line, perhaps with mono it would be different.

10-08-2012, 08:12 AM
check the new ozark trolling poles they are the best of both world they have a very sensitive tip like the c&c but have a lot of back bone they are light and are IM7 graphite !!! i have use nearly ever brand there is and these ozarks are second to none!!!!!!!!!

10-08-2012, 04:45 PM
Nothing wrong with 12 foot C & C's. As several have already mentioned, they are very flexible because they start to bend at the handle and have a very fast tip which is a great thing on lite biters but they can be a handful when the fish are slamming the baits and you have six to eight poles out front. Another option you have is BGJP's which would give you a little more backbone and still enjoy the benefits of a fast tip and the control associated with a stiffer mid-section. I just returned from the Crappiemasters National Championships and most of the top teams were using this pole with 14 feet being the most common length. Saw some 12's and some 16's but the 14 footers seemed to hit the sweet spot.

You can use your existing poles for power trolling and pulling cranks and have most of the bases covered.

10-08-2012, 06:29 PM
Thanks for the help guys i thinking im leaning twards the bnm BGJP's thinking of sticking with the 12's but gona fill the 14's out in store befor i order them,,