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Crappie Jigging Rod
Posted by: Seth Johnson (151.142.219.---)
Date: January 31, 2019 12:53PM

I'm looking at building one of these new Get Bit 12' Speckled Perch-Crappie Blanks into a rear reel seat rod, but I've got questions lol.

The blank is 0.667" at the butt so I'm going to use a size 18 spinning seat. I believe I want to put a full wells grip in front of that. I will put either a small spinning reel or a B'n'M Buck’s Best Ultra Lite Crappie Reel 2, either way I'll use 10 or 15 lb braid on the reel.

Looking around online, the companies that make these appear to be using a couple double foot guides then singles to the top. I'm making some assumptions, but I was thinking Fuji KW 12, KW 8, then KT 4 runners to the top.

I have no idea what to do on the guide layout. It won't be cast, just used to jig lilly pads, so I'm thinking I don't need to put the stripper guide all that close to the reel. I originally thought it would be set up like a fly rod, so I was going to try 32" from the butt, but the manufacturers appear to be putting the guides out anywhere between 40-50" from the butt.

How does the reduction train sound, would 12, 8, 4 to the tip work? Go bigger, smaller, 4 step reduction, etc?
I will static load test, but how many guides do you think I will end up with?
Where would you locate the stripper guide, and what is the rationale behind that placement?

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Re: Crappie Jigging Rod
Posted by: Norman Miller (---.lightspeed.jcsnms.sbcglobal.net)
Date: January 31, 2019 02:48PM

I picked up a couple of the Get Bit 10’ speckled perch rods. They are more like a medium to medium/heavy salmon/steelhead blanks, more stout and faster than most commercial crappie jig rods like B’n’M. Has plenty of power in the butt section, so if you are pulling crappie out of pads and structure they should work fine. I built one of them as a long spin rod for use as a float and jig rod. Used Minima M and F guides set up as a KR-like rod. The person I built it for really likes it because it is not floppy and soft like most long crappie rods. If you are looking for a more traditional soft and moderate action crappie rod you might be disappointed, but if you want something with more power it will be just fine.
My personal crappie jig rods are are 10’ 6 wgt and 7 wgt fast action fly rod blanks, and are set up as a fly rods. I used Minima4 guides; double ft 12T and 8T with either 5F or 6F runners. I use the smallest and cheapest fly reel and fly line I can find, using a fluorocarbon or mono leader. The use of fly line allows me to strip in the fish without the line cutting my fingers. However, if you going to use braid, then what you have suggested will be fine. My stripper guide is at 31,5” from the butt, and for me it works great.

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Re: Crappie Jigging Rod
Posted by: roger wilson (---.hsd1.mn.comcast.net)
Date: January 31, 2019 06:53PM

If you are going to do 0 casting you could just put on #4s from the reel to the tip. Put the first guide at 40 inches from the face of the reel and you will be set.

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