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#12439372 - 09/24/17 09:40 AM New to crappie fishing
Kens3313 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/05
Posts: 2316
Loc: Conroe, TX
Hey guys I've been bass fishing for along time and havn't crappie fished much. I'm wanting to get my 6 and 10 year old boys more envolved with fishing and also my wife. they like to catch perch but I think they would really enjoy catching a mess of crappie to take home and eat. What are some decent rod and reels to use for this? I plan on trying to fish lake Conroe around boat docks, under bridges, or fish brush piles or big trees. I was thinking of getting a few good ultra light reels but I don't want them to break down on us a day after fishing. I'm thinking a 1/16 or 1/8oz jig head with soft plastic bait will get the job done.
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#12439389 - 09/24/17 09:51 AM Re: New to crappie fishing [Re: Kens3313]
fishin'aholic2 Offline
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Registered: 11/08/07
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Loc: Irving, Texas
Mr. Crappie rods from Academy or Dick's are hard to beat for the money. One that is 5 1/2 - 6 1/2ft should get the job done for all of the techniques that you mentioned. I would also pick up some Mr. Crappie high vis line from one of those places as well that way everyone will be able to see the light bites.
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#12439404 - 09/24/17 10:03 AM Re: New to crappie fishing [Re: fishin'aholic2]
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Registered: 03/17/13
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Loc: Mansfield, TX
Originally Posted By: fishin'aholic2
Mr. Crappie rods from Academy or Dick's are hard to beat for the money. One that is 5 1/2 - 6 1/2ft should get the job done for all of the techniques that you mentioned. I would also pick up some Mr. Crappie high vis line from one of those places as well that way everyone will be able to see the light bites.


+1 You don't need any expensive equipment to catch crappie. Any of your light - medium spinning rods that you use for bass fishing would work just fine to get you started. As far as reels, I really like the Pflueger Trion. They are usually $39 but I have found them for as little as $20 online. Excellent reels for the money!
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#12439459 - 09/24/17 11:00 AM Re: New to crappie fishing [Re: Kens3313]
Kens3313 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/05
Posts: 2316
Loc: Conroe, TX
I only have one spinning reel I rarely use for bass fishing lol, maybe one time a year, Its the H20 academy brand camo spinning combo. I think it has 30 lb power pro braid on it. Thanks for the input guys. I just looked academy has a mr crappie spinning combo 5.5 ft. for $25 May try that out.
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#12439735 - 09/24/17 03:00 PM Re: New to crappie fishing [Re: Kens3313]
bush hog Offline
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Registered: 06/12/13
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Loc: Beckville, TX
Just my opinion, but go with a light or medium rod instead of the ultra light. I really like the Pfluger Trion TR120 spinning reel. It's only $29 at Wally World and it will handle the occasional big bass too. I would consider starting them out with minnows. Good luck and hope you catch a boat load.

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#12440575 - 09/25/17 08:53 AM Re: New to crappie fishing [Re: Kens3313]
Captain Yakker Offline
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Registered: 05/22/04
Posts: 181
Loc: The Colony, TX
Got a couple of the Pfleuger Trion reels also. A 120 and 125. Both on shorter rods because I fish from a kayak and don't have as far to reach. Nice little reels for the money.
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#12440623 - 09/25/17 09:30 AM Re: New to crappie fishing [Re: Kens3313]
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Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 2851
Loc: Yantis, TX
Medium or medium light rod. A little stiffer rod transmits the bite better. Shimano reels, 500 series...they hold up very well.

For kids, I prefer minnows to start Their patience is short lived if they aren't biting non-stop. It takes a pretty determined kid to stay on top of jigs all day.
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#12440684 - 09/25/17 10:03 AM Re: New to crappie fishing [Re: Kens3313]
erittmueller Offline
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Registered: 07/25/15
Posts: 400
Loc: Irving/Valley Ranch
10ft rod with baitcaster designed for crappie, can get it for around $70. You're going to be vertically jigging and then maybe some pitching jigs under a bobber so that's all you need. For that quality won't make a bit of difference as long as the line will drop out and reel back up....you can go cheap with it. 10ft help a ton for fishing docks and timber so you can reach different angles without having to put the boat right on top.

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#12440694 - 09/25/17 10:08 AM Re: New to crappie fishing [Re: Kens3313]
varnoldi Offline
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Registered: 10/18/16
Posts: 200
Loc: Watauga, TX
bass pro sells an UL crappiemaxx 6' combo for $30. My favorite set up . Grab 10 lb braid, helps a lot for first starting out.
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#12444005 - 09/27/17 11:19 AM Re: New to crappie fishing [Re: Kens3313]
PKfishin Offline
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Registered: 09/28/12
Posts: 2594
Loc: Texas
If you are determined to use jigs, tip them with a small minnow. Color and presentation wont matter as much if the minnow is there. Does not matter if the minnows are alive. Dead ones work just as well.

Bridge pylons are a great place to start. They almost always have some dink crappie and perch that will take minnows and sometimes are loaded with keepers. Caught a few very nice LM bass on the as well using crappie baits.
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#12444726 - 09/27/17 08:37 PM Re: New to crappie fishing [Re: Kens3313]
canyoncreek06 Offline
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Registered: 03/03/16
Posts: 198
Loc: Victoria, TX
For your kids and wife just starting out I would suggest the Shimano Sojurn 6' ML spinning rod (product #SJS60M)paired with a Shimano Syncopate or Sienna in the 1000 series spooled with 6 or 8 lb hi vis mono. I use hi vis braid but it's not always the easiest for inexperienced people to use. Also, once you find out what depth the fish are at I would take a red marks a lot and put about a 3-4" mark on the high vis line at that depth. It really helps kids get at the correct depth for catching fish.

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#12447043 - 09/29/17 03:09 PM Re: New to crappie fishing [Re: Kens3313]
CollinCountyCab Offline
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Registered: 01/26/08
Posts: 94
Loc: Frisco, TX
All i use is the 9.00 rods from walmart. They catch all the crappie we need. We have 20 of em.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Zebco-Slingsh...Length/16652601


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