Ok, hold on a minute.
ACC versus Pro Angler.
Coke versus Pepsi.
Dr. Pepper versus Mr. Pibb.
Republican or Democrat.
I know everyone on here has and is perfectly entitled to their own opinion when it comes to fishing rods or any other comparison like those above.
Everyone above so far has replied Pro Angler and I respect those opinions posted and the folks posting them.
Pro Anglers are indeed great Crappie Rods and Great Folks.
I do not have one negative thing to say about them. An absolutely Great Crappie Rod.
That being said, I would like to express my opinion on this issue.
For those that post Pro Angler can you also post whether or not you have actually fished with an ACC Crappie Stix. I think it's only fair that to answer the question you have actually fished with both.
I will take it Mark Standridge and Ernest Patty of whom I have the utmost respect for both of them have fished with both.
I have personally fished with both ACC and Pro Angler Rods.
When everyone says you can't go wrong with Pro Angler they speak the truth. A Great Crappie Rod and you can't go wrong with one.
It is my opinion though that I prefer the ACC Crappie Stix. I just personally prefer it over my Pro Anglers.
I landed a 35 pound yellow cat on Fork on a Crappie Jig with my ACC.
I was waiting for the rod to snap and it never did. I know there are similar stories with Pro Angler Rods,
You can buy Rod Tips from ACC just like Pro Angler.
In my opinion, the ACC has a great backbone and I have had no problem slinging 2 pound plus Crappie in the boat without a net. Just like you would with a cane pole or a Pro Angler.
ACC was started and is owned by Andy Lehman and he is a former Crappie Guide. He stopped guiding to run and grow his rod business Full Time.
If you have visited his site like many of you have then you will see about the only thing he has in stock is the Green 8 Footers. That is what I fish with, but many want a different size.
I am speculating, but I believe something happened in Andy's personal life for a short time that caused him to get behind the power curve with his stock. I just spoke to Andy the other day and he placed a massive order and he should have everything in stock any day in June. Starting June 1st I would literally check the web site daily to see if the rod length you want is in stock. He told me when the shipment shows up he is going to be super slammed getting stuff where it needs to go. He is getting a 5'6" rod in stock with this next shipment for dock shooting. He is discontinuing the Red Series Rod Line and is going to concentrate on the Green Series Rods and most likely will eventually be adding a couple heavy duty rods in the Green Line. He is hoping to get his rods into some local stores down here in Texas. He has a lot on his plate and he is working his tail off.
I ordered 4 more 8 foot Rods on Saturday and had them by Wednesday. I know they did not ship until Monday. If you place an order they usually go out same day if it is during a weekday and you place the order early in the day. All Rods are in a nice cloth carrying case with his logo on it. You won't be disappointed.
I also have G-Rods and like Ernest stated for the money you won't notice the difference in the fish you catch with an ACC or a Pro Angler. I can buy 3 ACC Rods for the price of 1 G-Rod.
Mark Standridge prefers Pro Angler over ACC and I respect his opinion.
My opinion is just the opposite of Mark's.
I can't wait for ACC to get his different lengths in stock because there are some fellow Anglers on the forum here that I highly respect that are wanting to try some of his rods in lengths different than the 8 Footers. I am looking forward to getting their opinion on the ACC's as well.
What I would really like is to blind fold an angler take them out to a very active brush pile and place a Pro Angler in their hands and let them sling Crappie in the boat for 15 minutes. I would then place an ACC in their hands and let them sling Crappie in the boat for 15 minutes the entire time while blind folded and see what they choose. I'd make them wear leather gloves too so they could not feel any characteristics of either rod that might lend a bias either way. I would be curious to see those unbiased results would be.
In the end you can't go wrong with either a Pro Angler or an ACC Crappie Stix they are both fantastic Crappie Rods.
Buy one of each and give them both a try. Money well spent no matter who you decide to go with.
Pro Angler 8 Footer is $51.
ACC 8 Footer is $55.99
Bottom line they both catch Crappie like no ones business.
Thanks for posting.
Tight Lines no matter who you decide to go with.