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UL for Crappie/Panfish/Small Bass #13474698 03/17/20 02:24 AM
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I'm narrowing down my search for a 6' ultralight rod, mainly fishing for crappie, bream, and small bass. I will primarily be fishing in small ponds and creeks.

I know there is a wide range of prices in the rods listed below, but I want a rod that will perform well and last awhile. I don't think I have a strong opinion on 1 piece vs 2 piece, so it's not a major consideration at this time. I will likely pair it with some Pflueger/Shimano/Diawa but wanted to decide on a rod first.

St.Croix Panfish
St.Croix Avid
Kuying Teton
TFO Trout-Panfish
Okuma Celilo
BPS MicroLite
ESP Ultra Lite
All Star Dockshooter

Comments and feedback welcome!

Thank you!

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Re: UL for Crappie/Panfish/Small Bass [Re: tab10] #13474808 03/17/20 04:34 AM
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Falcon BuCoo SR BRS-1L-16

Re: UL for Crappie/Panfish/Small Bass [Re: tab10] #13483009 03/22/20 07:58 PM
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Any other suggestions or comments out there?

Right now, I'm looking at the Panfish and Avid, but could be convinced otherwise.

Thanks!

Re: UL for Crappie/Panfish/Small Bass [Re: tab10] #13484434 03/23/20 07:00 PM
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I have two St. Croix MojoBass rods and they are great rods for the money. A little cheaper than the Avid. Even better if you can find them used.

My favorite road of all time was an Original Falcon, 6' medium power. I closed it in the rod locker on my boat and broke it right in half.

Wayne

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Re: UL for Crappie/Panfish/Small Bass [Re: tab10] #13492484 03/29/20 01:52 AM
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I get along just fine with a 5โ€™ Ugly Stik and a small spinning reel with 6# mono. Caught a few bluegills this afternoon on a beetle spin and had a delightful battle. Then hung into a 1# bass and had even more fun.

Re: UL for Crappie/Panfish/Small Bass [Re: tab10] #13492917 03/29/20 03:06 PM
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I have a couple TFO rods paired with a Pflueger President 20 that I use for crappie. The throw ultralight jigs and are pretty sensitive for the price. Broke a tip on one (my fault) a few years ago and the warranty service was great to boot.

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In my world, St.Croix Panfish is the best on your list. I have 6' one (paired with STRADIC CI4 1000)
I could really cast small 1/32 on a 5 lb power pro distances 75feet ++. Not doable with any other rod on your list.
My personal second choice is Shimano Clarus 7'6" UL. It is heavier but still can do 1/32.
Al other rods are not made to cast 1/32 any distance!
Either heavier jig OR simply trolling.
Note IMO: TFOs are not even close to St. Croix: heavier and flimsier.


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Re: UL for Crappie/Panfish/Small Bass [Re: MinMirny] #13525225 04/19/20 06:49 PM
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welcomeHi Tab get you a Pro Angler rod.They have various sizes I have, 2/ 8ft & one 10'. Iam a crappie head. .Don't know where in the greatest state in u.s. but you are welcome to try mine out some day, if the rain stops for awhile.The shop is a one man show. you can p.u. or he ships Quick. P.S. I have whipped a few sizable bass & cats with em. Send a pm if interested. BTW located in allentx.

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Re: UL for Crappie/Panfish/Small Bass [Re: tab10] #13540529 04/30/20 05:11 PM
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Bonehead tackle. Great products and well as excellent customer Service!


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Re: UL for Crappie/Panfish/Small Bass [Re: tab10] #13555623 05/13/20 03:04 AM
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I have 2 St. Croix Premier UL in my fleet. Cheaper than the Avid and still a great rod made in the USA. The panfish series rods feel great in your hand, too, an an even better price. I dont think you will be disappointed with a St. Croix no matter which model
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I recently picked up a Bass Pro Panfish Elite 6 foot UL rod. Very impressed with it.
All Fuji, guides and reel seat. Very good blank. I have some high dollar Major Craft โ€œJDMโ€
rods in my UL rod collection. For the money, this Bass Pro rod is outstanding.
$80.

Re: UL for Crappie/Panfish/Small Bass [Re: 603Country] #13570205 05/25/20 12:38 AM
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Originally Posted by 603Country
I get along just fine with a 5โ€™ Ugly Stik and a small spinning reel with 6# mono. Caught a few bluegills this afternoon on a beetle spin and had a delightful battle. Then hung into a 1# bass and had even more fun.


Perfect,...maybe 6' rod.
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I just got a G Loomis IMX SR781-1 it seems stiff for an Ultralight but the less gyrations at the tip when casting the longer the cast. Lure weights 1/16 to 3/16 ounce. I've got multiple spools of 5# fluorocarbon and 6# braid. I still haven't tried it yet. But I'm confident I can catch dinks in the city park.


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Re: UL for Crappie/Panfish/Small Bass [Re: Crankin_Hank] #13580172 06/02/20 10:07 PM
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I caught 2 small bluegill and a 2 pound channel cat on a drop shot rig. It casts well with the Daiwa Samurai 1000i and 6# braid is a hassle but the sensitivity is stellar. Loved the G Loomis IMX spinning rod though for ultralight 1/8 oz. weight.


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Re: UL for Crappie/Panfish/Small Bass [Re: tab10] #13583236 06/04/20 10:32 PM
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I like St. Croix, almost all my rods are St. Croix. I donโ€™t think you will go wrong with either the panfish or the avid, but you might also consider the triumph and premier as well. Triumph is a little less expensive than the panfish series and about the same quality, but a different handle and guides. The premier is more than the panfish but cheaper than the avid and made in the USA. I have 2 premier UL and a Premier lite and a triumph lite, all are fantastic and highly sensitive.

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