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#10788489 - 04/22/15 05:14 PM Why such long poles for crappie fishing?
newbiefisher Offline
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Registered: 09/25/12
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So what's the purpose of using 10, 12 and even 14' foot poles when crappie fishing?
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#10788541 - 04/22/15 05:28 PM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
FishingGuy Offline
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Registered: 11/27/05
Posts: 169
Loc: Dallas
So you can reach spots and jig vertically. Nobody told me that, but it is what I assume and why I use them.

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#10788551 - 04/22/15 05:29 PM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
whitneylakerat Offline
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Registered: 03/27/08
Posts: 619
Loc: Lake Whitney
Anything longer than 12 is generally used for trolling in shallow water to avoid spooking fish. I've heard of people going 16 foot+ at times. Get the bait further away from the boat and trolling motor/electronic noise.
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#10788554 - 04/22/15 05:30 PM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
slabmeplease Offline
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Registered: 12/17/08
Posts: 440
Gives you a stealthier approach for certain types of fishing techniques.

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#10788676 - 04/22/15 06:13 PM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
plateboater Offline
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Registered: 05/26/13
Posts: 461
Loc: Illinois
Spider rigging getting them away from the boat
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#10788737 - 04/22/15 06:33 PM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
bush hog Offline
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Registered: 06/12/13
Posts: 1854
Loc: Beckville, TX
Actually I like using my 10 ft. poles right now while fishing the shallows for spawners. It's real easy to pitch your jig a long ways with a quiet presentation. Needless to say they're not worth a flip under a bridge.

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#10788838 - 04/22/15 07:19 PM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
Dutch1947 Offline
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Registered: 06/02/10
Posts: 2056
Loc: North, TX
Great for fishing timber. You cath the fish before your trolling motor has a chance to blow them off the tree.

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#10789298 - 04/22/15 09:51 PM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
ou.sooner Offline
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Registered: 01/14/03
Posts: 457
Loc: Little Elm, TX, USA
I use them at the slip. If a guys catching two slips down I don't even have to get up to drop my jog in that hole roflmao just kidding! All of the above answers make sense to me.
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#10789664 - 04/23/15 05:57 AM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
kickingback Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
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Loc: Texas
You want to stay as far away from a crappie bed or pile as you can to keep from spooking them. The longer rods give you the ability to stay farther away to not scare them. The same goes for trolling. The long rods keep the baits from the boat so the motor or sound of boat does not scare them away from a spot you want to fish.
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#10791184 - 04/23/15 02:16 PM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
newbiefisher Offline
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Registered: 09/25/12
Posts: 359
What kind of reels and line do you usually use on these poles?
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#10791275 - 04/23/15 02:51 PM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
Ken Gaby Offline
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Registered: 05/08/07
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Either bait caster or spinning reel. Which ever you feel the most comfortable with. Line is also personal preference; 8-10 lb test is sufficient for most applications. Some prefer braid, some mono. There are plenty of threads on here discussing the pros/cons of each.
Ten foot plus poles are not intended for casting, although you can cast a jig easily with a spinning reel. Long poles are intended for vertical jigging, trolling/spider rigging. Especially helpful in spring for shallow fish whether you're on the bank or boat. I can keep the boat away from fish in shallow water so the trolling motor or other noise doesn't spook them. And I can reach more places without having to re-position the boat so many times.


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#10793371 - 04/24/15 10:46 AM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
DFW-fisherman Offline
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Another reason is when you are fishing with someone in their boat and they are staying on the brush pile at the front of the boat and there is NOT enough room for your to fish over the pile. Then, you pull out your 12 footer and relax in your own seat - and still fish the brush pile like the person operating the trolling motor! And if you are lucky - catch more crappie than the boat operator!! bolt

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#10793467 - 04/24/15 11:23 AM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
LSUANDY Offline
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Registered: 02/24/13
Posts: 92
Loc: Ft Worth TX
There's several for me. First is when the fish are spooky u can get the jig in there before they notice the boat or b4 the boat bumps into timber on windy days. 2nd u can cover way more ground vertical fishing around stumps.
But for me, the #1 reason i use a 12 ft jig pole is because of the fight. A big crappie will give u a great fight on a limber jig pole and it may take a full minute or sometimes two to land her. I fish with a guy with a 6ft bass rod and he just hammers the fish str8 to the boat.
I enjoy fighting the fish and if she wins so be it.


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#10793911 - 04/24/15 01:39 PM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
newbiefisher Offline
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So why are only the crappie rods that long? And not others like white bass?
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#10793972 - 04/24/15 01:57 PM Re: Why such long poles for crappie fishing? [Re: newbiefisher]
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