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#10959191 - 07/06/15 09:56 AM Bonehead Crappie poles
one-3lb-er Offline
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I'm sure this has been hashed out here before, but could now narrow a SEARCH to produce.

I've been using Pro Angler poles for 10 years or so and needing to replace a couple.

My question: Is "Bonehead" 10' Crappie pole worth $99.00?

fish

PS: no dealers in NE TEXAS


Edited by one-3lb-er (07/06/15 10:00 AM)
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#10959267 - 07/06/15 10:25 AM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: one-3lb-er]
bush hog Online   content
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I just recently purchased a ProAngler and BoneHead. I don't feel a lot of difference in the sensitivity but the BoneHead does feel lighter and better balanced. They both have the same reel attached. I've not landed any big ditch pickles with the Pro Angler yet but I can tell you the BoneHead has good backbone to it. I think a lot of the expense for BoneHead's is in the shipping. They really package them good. Are they worth twice the $$? I guess if you want one it is.

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#10959942 - 07/06/15 03:00 PM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: one-3lb-er]
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You are right.

I just don't want to pay $99 for a $50 rod.
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#10959970 - 07/06/15 03:16 PM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: one-3lb-er]
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Depends on your style of fishing. If your a minnow Fishman or spider rigger the bonehead rod will not fit your needs. If your a jig fisherman that's looking for a lite balanced rod with backbone that will not set in fatigue after a few hours of jigging BoneHead rods would be the way to go.

Both are great rods but in all reality have different functions for different fishermen.

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#10960392 - 07/06/15 07:25 PM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: Tommy Ezell]
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Gene,
I have one of the 1st generation Boneheads and it is a nice rod. The fit and finish make it a much better looking rod. As far as fishability I would rate them about the same though the Bonehead does seem to have a little more backbone. The only negative I had was that the rod section behind the reel seat is about 2" longer than the ProAngler. That little extra length just seem to get in my way. All in all it is a well made rod but I am not sure I would buy another one when I can get 2 ProAnglers for the same price.

Steve

Oops, just reread your post and saw where you were asking about 10' poles. My only experience is with the 8'.
Sorry about that.


Edited by Rangerbobtx (07/06/15 07:28 PM)
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#10960757 - 07/06/15 10:29 PM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: one-3lb-er]
one-3lb-er Offline
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I have pulled a many Crappie out of heavy brush and over the side of my boat up to 3 1/3 Lb.. A 10' Pro Angler with reel loaded with 20# vicious 832 weighs 6 1/2 oz.. just looking for an improvement.

Since I do not even own a minnow bucket, and the only truly positive comment on the bonehead is from a bonehead rep, I'll stick to pro angler.

Thanks for the honest input ya'll.



Edited by one-3lb-er (07/06/15 10:31 PM)
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#10961357 - 07/07/15 10:16 AM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: one-3lb-er]
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I think what you've found here with a lack of response is what I've stated already. Two different rods and two stand up distributors that do a lot for the crappie industry. Ed and Bob have backed me from day one and PAT makes an all around great rod. My clients style of fishing determines where I steer them to get a rod. I say if it isn't broke don't fix it.

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#10961677 - 07/07/15 12:20 PM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: Tommy Ezell]
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I'll add a little bit here. I have both rods and both are top line as far as crappie rods go. But they are very different in some respects. The mid section (or backbone as it's referred to) are totally different. If you're looking for a heavier (stiffer) mid section to fish a 1/8 or 1/4 head, go Pro Angler, but if you're looking for a rod to fish a 1/32 or 1/16 head on a jig, the Bonehead mid section is perfect. Additionally, they fish braid line differently. in fact on my Bonehead rods, I have changed to 8# mono for two reasons. First, I like fishing light jig heads (1/32 - 1/16) and they fish better on lighter mono, and second, the lighter mid section allows a bigger fish to stay hooked up better; as you tend to not 'horse' them with a softer rod. In fact, I landed a 2.8# crappie last Friday with a Bonehead rod and as soon as I put her in the boat....the jig fell outta her mouth. Had I horsed that fish, she would have never had the opportunity to get her picture taken.

So it's all in your style (like Tommy said). Some like Coors and some like Bud....and then some of us just like "red rods" thumb
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#10962657 - 07/07/15 08:47 PM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: one-3lb-er]
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I have several Bonehead rods and they are all top quality rods. I have never used any rod that's as sensitive as the Bonehead rods. Great rods for jig fishing.
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#10962959 - 07/08/15 12:05 AM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: one-3lb-er]
one-3lb-er Offline
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I'm not disputing the quality of Bonehead, I'm sure they are good rods, but not that much better than a Pro Angler. The first Pro Angler I purchased was buy 3, you pay 22.50 each.

Fishing in the brush of east texas and southwest arkansas, you had better have a rod that when you set the hook, it needs backbone to get her head up and out of the brush. I fish 3 or 4 days a week year round strickly for my enjoyment. I do not carry a measuring cup, because if it looks short, it goes back. I fish for quality not quantity and am not impressed by the color of a rod.
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#10962987 - 07/08/15 02:32 AM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: one-3lb-er]
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Not trying to hijack this thread, but just curious where you caught your 3lber. I havent been on in a while and first time for me to see your name changed.
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#10963147 - 07/08/15 08:10 AM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: one-3lb-er]
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Back in the spring before all the water, Millwood out of OK landing.
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Fish in Texas=Wright Patman, Lake of Pines, Caddo Arkansas=Millwood, Greeson, Dierks, White Oak and Oklahoma=Pine Creek, Hugo.

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#10963297 - 07/08/15 09:11 AM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: one-3lb-er]
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Originally Posted By: one-3lb-er
I'm not disputing the quality of Bonehead, I'm sure they are good rods, but not that much better than a Pro Angler. The first Pro Angler I purchased was buy 3, you pay 22.50 each.

Fishing in the brush of east texas and southwest arkansas, you had better have a rod that when you set the hook, it needs backbone to get her head up and out of the brush. I fish 3 or 4 days a week year round strickly for my enjoyment. I do not carry a measuring cup, because if it looks short, it goes back. I fish for quality not quantity and am not impressed by the color of a rod.


CAT has a tourney on LOP next weekend.

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#10963308 - 07/08/15 09:16 AM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: one-3lb-er]
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I believe CAT is at Palestine on the 18th, at Lake Palestine Resort.
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#10963313 - 07/08/15 09:20 AM Re: Bonehead Crappie poles [Re: one-3lb-er]
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Lol yup I must have been dreaming about January. Need this coffee in me. Brain fart. Thanks Ken.

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