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7-13-2013

SUBJECT: # 42730: Source for Crappie Blanks?

Submitted by Wannabe from MISSISSIPPI on 12/10/2007 4:12:00 PM

Anybody have a source for blanks suitable for Crappie jigging and or trolling blanks? Need 12 and 14 foot specifically. None of my sources seem to have anything other than the high end fly rods which are way overpriced for what I'm looking for.


If you've familiar with Crappie Rods, I'm looking for something with an action similar to BnM's BGJP or the BBUL or the Sam Heaton's Super Sensitive. Need to be 2 piece rods. These rods can be purchased finished from $35 to $50, so I need a relatively cheap blank.


If you don't have a source, but are familiar with the rods I mentioned, which "weight" in a fly rod would be similar to the actions of the rods I listed?


Wannabe...



  1. 12/11/2007 3:43:00 PM Submitted by Wannabe from MS says Paging George, George please pick up the white courtesy phone
    Closest blank I've been able to find is a steelhead blank by St. Croix - SCII. Kind of pricey though. Never seen a Steelhead either. Do you think either of these blanks would work for vertical jigging up to 8' with 1/16 and 1/8 jigs with 6# test and have enough backbone to pull 3# slabs out of the snags and still survive the occasional 8# White River Cat and 4# Largemouth?

    2S116LM2 11'6 2 4-10lb. 1/16-1/2oz. L MOD. Drift/Float .455 6.5 3.1

    2S130LM2 13' 2 2-6lb. 1/16-3/8oz. L MOD. Float .47 5 3.3

    Wannabe...


  2. 12/12/2007 10:52:00 AM Submitted by George's Custom Rods from ID says Ding...yes?
    Wannabe...

    I really have not had any experience with a crappie blank that long. Looking at those blanks that you listed and the cover / occassional big fish, I'd probably lean to the blank that will handle the heavier line. That should indicate a little more power in the butt section, despite the smaller diameter. I honestly believe that the shorter rod would be less tip heavy and easier to manage when fishing around cover.

    What do you think?

    Also...what guides are you going to put on that blank? I'd suggest using RECoils to keep added weight to a minimum. It is going to increase the overall cost of the rod, but this will be a "custom rod" and should preform better than a stock rod. Just "my" opinion.

    Good luck........George

    George's Custom Rods
    Phone: 208-549-0454
    Email: georgescustomrods@msn.com
    Website: www.georgescustomrods


  3. 12/12/2007 11:19:00 AM Submitted by Wannabe from MS says Ding Ding Ding
    Recoil is the way I'm gonna go. Cost won't be too bad, since it'll all be the small snake guides, with 1 or spinning style loop as the first guid from the handle and an alocnite tip.

    There is no casting with this technique. Basically ease up to a stump or pile and dunk a jig on top of their heads. BnM has the market on the rods, but it's all crap relatively speaking. They make nice rods like the Sam Heaton Super Sensitve, which is an IM7 blank, but I don't care for the handle and I can see a lot of potential weight to be trimmed.

    You're right about being tip heavy, but balancing the reel helps as does and extended handle behind the reel that can be braced on the forearm.

    The trick on the blank is going to be finding something slow enough with some backbone in the last 4 foot. For example, on my Sam Heaton, a 2 pound crappie will not give any bend in the last 4 foot even if I lift it out of the water with the rod. A 3 pound Bass will put some detectable bend in the handle section on a strong run though. Catfish are evil with this rod, but that's why I use a "Crappie" reel with a rudimentary drag.

    Believe it or not, I've landed Catfish up to 15# and Carp up to 20# and Bass up to 6# all with 4# test with setups like this. Just need some patience and lots of slow action in the rod.

    I'm also looking at some fly blanks, but I'm thinking unless I jump way up in weight, there would be too much give in that last 3 or 4 feet. Probably would be adequate though.

    Thanks for the help.

    Wannabe...


  4. 12/12/2007 5:56:00 PM Submitted by Wackoman from Mexico says You make me recoil Wannabe
    nm


  5. 12/13/2007 1:51:00 PM Submitted by Wannabe from MS says That's good to hear Wacko
    I'd be worried if you said I made you Alconite. I don't think that's even curable.

    Wannabe...


  6. 12/13/2007 7:12:00 PM Submitted by brokeneye from MS says wannabe...
    certainly no expert here but, a good 8' or 9', 5 wt. may be closer to what you're looking for...got a brother-in-law that uses his for everything.

    that said, you may wanna handle a few wt.'s and lengths in a good tackle shop and see which one comes closer to the rods you mentioned.

    tho not a flyrod, the old sam heaton signature 7' model is a good one...if you can still find one.


  7. 12/14/2007 7:28:00 AM Submitted by Wackoman from Mexico says I know you know I am just messin with you.
    If you can't pick on the wannabes who can you pick on. Don't tell me...wackos right?

    Please let us know how those Recoil guides work for you. I am hearing good and bad. I like the idea of not having the ceramic inserts to worry about but then George says we should use ceramic on the tip. That is the one that gets knocked out the most. Of course I do step on my rods often so maybe these recoils make sense for me.

    Wackoman is an excellent klutz.


  8. 12/17/2007 10:45:00 AM Submitted by Wannabe from MS says My Daddy always said, if you can't take a joke
    I'll whip your arse. LOL.

    George says the recoils are the cat's meow. 'Round here, that's about as good as it gets, so don't wait for my endorsement. Afterall, I'm just Wannabe... Only complaint I've heard on the recoil is the noise with brade. I hear ya on the tip though. Have you thought about the new guides with the interlock ceramic? Look awfull tuff.

    Trouble is with the fly rods, for any quality, the price gets ridiculous, real quick. I picked up a 12 wt this weekend at BPS and was surprised to find that it was about the action I needed. 10 or 11 should have been about right, but my wife was prodding me through the store, so I didn't get to spend much time checking them out.

    From my research, I've found that to get a blank designed for what I want, the only option is to buy a crappie blank and strip it down, but then, I'd end up with a blank no better than what can be "store-bought". I think I'm gonna try one of the steelhead blanks and I'll let ya'll know how it works out.

    Wannabe...


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