As we are ready to hit the water in pursuit of the crappie and bluegill, we need to make sure everything about the rod & reel are matched.I've noticed many an angler with too thick of line for long casting. The jig weights range from 64th-80th and add in a 3/4" bobber.This is not much weight and would be very difficult in a wind to get any distance. You have to have the ability to cover a lot of water in finding the school and you have to keep your distance as the big females will spook and run for cover which is deeper water. Your reel should have a smooth drag as well. When fighting your prey a drag that hangs up will snap your line,especially the light test line you will have spooled up on your reel.If your rod is too heavy you will also loose casting distance. The fight is better on the lighter rods ,plus there is more forgivness for your line.I like a more rigid backbone in the rod blank with a fast tip for a quick solid hook set. there are other factors ,but these are the basice I concider when setting up a new rig.I should mention 2-4 test line that is around 6 thousandths works best.You can burn up a spool in a day so bring extra line and corks.Weighted corks can be a good thing in a strong wind. For the most economical setup I'll get a Shakespere U.L.5' one piece rod& a Mitchell Avocet spooled with Rapala Finese 4 test,with tax it is about $50
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