Best Crappie Rods For Spider Rigging – Our Favorites Reviewed
We have written previously about choosing a crappie rod. We were looking at all the options for casting, shooting, and jigging, as well as general-purpose rods that can do most jobs for papermouths.
Spider rigging can be used for specialized fishing. A good rod that is general-purpose is not going to suffice.
We’ll be discussing what makes a rod great for this technique. Also, keep an eye on the price since you will need to buy a lot! To help you find the right rod, we offer reviews of some of our favorite models.
Here’s a quick look at the top crappie rods for web rigging.
- B’n’M Capps & Coleman Series Trolling Rod –Our Choice!
- I’m Pro Staff Troller
- Grizzly Jig Company Dead Ringer Trolling Rods
- Ozark Rods Signature Series Tony Edgar Trolling Rod
- Southern Crappie Rods
Best Crappie Rods For Spider Rigging Reviewed
B’n’M Capps & Coleman Series Trolling Rod -Our Choice!
Handle: EVA foam
Pieces2 (12′); 3 (14)-16′).
The rod industry is competitive. It is also very crowded in short lengths. I’m making legendary crappie rods. We think they shine when you look at the longer stuff.
These trolling rods were created in collaboration with Steve Coleman and Ronnie Capps, seven-time National Champions. They offer high-vis tips that are sensitive and easy to read, which will help you quickly react to a strike. The EVA foam handles have a unique contour that allows you to adjust the depth of your tackle simply by moving the rod in its seat.
This is a great touch and we love these rods.
The Capps & Colemans are medium/light in power. They are not the best choice for crankbait trolling, but they can be used with standard jigs and 1/2 to 1-ounce weights. They also provide extra support when you have to deal with wind and waves.
I’m Pro Staff Troller
|Length8′, 10’, 12′, 14′, 16′|
Handle: EVA foam
Pieces2 (8′-10’); 3 (12’-16’)
I also have a stiffer trolling rod called the Pro Staff Troller. This rod is equipped with Dynaflow guides with stainless inserts and a sensitive, high vis tip. It also has plenty of backbone.
These rods are great if you enjoy crank baiting or throwing heavy rigs. These rods won’t offer the same cushioning as Coleman and Capps in wind and waves but many slab enthusiasts swear to them.
Grizzly Jig Company Dead Ringer Trolling Rods
|Length10′, 11’, 12’, 14’|
Handle: EVA foam
Pieces2 (10′-12’); 3 (14’)
Grizzly Jig Company’s flagship brand, Dead Ringer has a loyal following in the spider rigging industry.
These IM7 graphite rods come in four lengths. They are light, strong, and sensitive. They can withstand the wear of rod seats year after season thanks to their EVA foam handles.
These rods have medium to moderate-light power and have a quick tip with plenty of backbone for trolling.
Ozark Rods Signature Series Tony Edgar Trolling Rod
Handle: EVA foam
The Ozark Rods Signature Series was designed by Tony Edgar, a champion angler and a regular on the Lake of the Ozarks. The new models offer a little more support for trolling heavier weights and are similar to the original version.
We love the neon markings at every two feet of the rod. It makes depth easily visible from a distance. Because they are reinforced with stainless steel, the tips of this rod are a little more robust than those on other brands. These trolling rods also have high-visibility tips, as do many others.
These are stiffer than the Capps & Coleman by a good deal and have a little more backbone than Pro Staff Troller. It all depends on what conditions you are fishing in and your preferences.
Southern Crappie Rods
|Length6′-8′, 9′-9′, 10′-12′, 14’, 16′|
MaterialKevlar (6′-10’) and Kevlar/Carbon Fibre (12′-16’)
Handle: Cork (6′-10’) or EVA foam (12’-16’)
Pieces2 (6′-12’); 3 (14’-16’)
Southern Crappie Rods uses a unique method of blank construction. They use kevlar for their shorter rods and carbon fiber on the longer ones. Although we aren’t qualified to discuss the reasons, you can see many crappie enthusiasts running their gear.
We offer lengths that can be used for casting and spider rigging. However, our focus is on long rods specifically designed for trolling. They feature EVA foam handles and kevlar/carbon fiber composite blanks.
These rods have medium-light action and are comparable to the Capps & Coleman of B’n’M. We are impressed by their stiffness, which allows them to handle a decent rig and the sensitiveness that allows them to detect a tentative strike. They are among the most affordable of these great rods, which is a surprise. It’s definitely worth another look.
Our Pick: The B’n’M Capps & Coleman Series Trolling Rod
A long stiff rod is required for spider rigging crappie. It must be sensitive enough to pick up light strikes. A rod of 12′ to 14′ is sufficient if you are new to the technique or prefer deep water. For those who are more experienced in spider rigging and prefer shallow water, a rod of 16′ is recommended.
The excellent B’n’M Capps & Coleman is our top choice. We couldn’t find a better rod to use this technique. It comes in a variety of lengths and is stiff enough for 1-ounce sinkers. This rod is durable and can be adjusted to specific depths.
However, the Southern Crappie trolling rods are close and worth a closer look. You will not be disappointed. We recommend giving the B’nM Pro Staff Troller a shot if you prefer a more aggressive action.
No matter what your choice, these rods will make it easy to spider rig with.
Please leave a comment below to let us know how it worked for you.
Our rod and reel combination guide for crappie fishing is available!
How to Choose a Spider Rigging Rod
You’ll find a wide variety of crappie rods available in different lengths, powers, and actions. Slab addicts have a lot of choices. For great casting performance, some people prefer longer rods and light actions. Some prefer the shorter ultralight feel. Surprisingly, many people (re)discovered the joys and benefits of cane poles for dipping!
For spider rigging, however, a rod that is long and strong is the best. Action and power are important, but most other considerations don’t have much weight.
These rods will remain stationary and static while being held in place by a red chair. These rods won’t allow you to cast or shoot with them, but you can try your hand at dipping. They’ll be pulling a heavy rig, so it is important to have enough stiffness to keep the line vertically in the water.
Let’s get to the meat of this issue.
We kept our favorite crappie rods to 7 feet. This was the ideal length for many situations. However, spider rigging is a long-term process and it is important to have enough length to avoid any tangles.
You’ll be rigging 6-8, 10, or 12 rods. They need to keep their lines separated, especially when turning or when a fish comes on. Extra-long rods are the only way to do this.
A 10-foot rod is a minimum we recommend, with 12 or 14 being better. They are commonly used to lure older and more skittish fish, especially in shallow waters. They can be a nuisance in small boats. If you have some experience with this technique, we would avoid the longest options.
Action, Power, Line, and Lure Weight
These would normally be the characteristics that define a rod. However, spider rigging is all about the brand, model, length, and how they are used.
This sounds odd, but we know it. Let us explain.
The rod’s action is the point at which it will bend underweight. Fast action rods bend near the tip and are stiff for most of their length. Slow action rods, on the other hand, bend closer to their handle and reel the seat, and curve over a greater portion of their length.
The force required to bend a rod is called power. A rod’s power, along with its action, tells you a lot about how it will perform.
Casting and other techniques require a rod that has very little power and quick action. You should consider ultralight and light rods with sensitive tips.
Spider rigging rods, however, are quite another beast.
To create a vertical presentation while trolling in spider rigging you will use weighted rigs. The rod will be subject to constant force due to 1/2 to 1-ounce sinkers and the drag of two minnows. A stiffer rod is required if you are running a crankbait or an even heavier rig.
An ultralight can’t provide enough backbone. Spider rigging rods were designed for this purpose. They’ll be stiffer than the rod you would normally choose for crappie fishing, but much more rigid than the rod you’d use for crappie.
A power/action combination will not be listed on conventional rods. When you buy a brand, model, and length, you trust that the manufacturer has done its research. We have found this to be true.
There will be a lot of lines in the water. Since you won’t hold the rods in either hand, it’s impossible to tell if a slab is trying to catch your lure.
It is important to use identical rods. Mixing and matching make it difficult to see the bite reliably.
Barry Morrow, crappie guide at Oklahoma’s Lake Eufaula, says, “The key to success is to ensure that all rods are the same.” The rods should all be equal in length, power, and action. They should also be set at the same height in rod holders so you can read the motions of the rod tips and detect bites. Different rod types can cause line movement and rod-tip behavior to be difficult to understand.
With panfish, guide quality is not a major concern, especially since you won’t need to cast, and they aren’t given much attention in the world of spider rigging.
You can expect basic stainless steel, with occasional inserts. Even the Dynaflow guides that you will find on curtain rods are more than a decade old.
You can make spider rigging rods from many materials. Some have composite constructions that use more than one option from the blank. The most popular material is three:
- graphite is strong, stiff, and light. It is a durable and strong choice for rods due to its stiffness.
- fiberglass is usually more expensive than graphite and heavier than graphite. Although it isn’t as sensitive nor as stiff as graphite, it can still be extremely strong and deserves a place in your arsenal of angling tools. This is a good thing, especially for crappie. Cushioned hooksets work well. However, trolling can be difficult due to the extra “give” that this material provides.
- Carbon fiber is the strongest, strongest, lightest, and most expensive material for rod blanks. Its performance is unmatched, but so too is its cost!
You will often look for fiberglass and graphite rods to reduce the cost of your spider rig. However, there are affordable options that include carbon fiber.
The decision about which handle you choose is personal. However, keep in mind that rods will spend a lot of their lives in a rod seat. For this reason, we recommend EVA foam. You’ll also see that rod manufacturers recommend EVA foam.
Any decent spinning reel should do the job. The only thing you need to worry about is their drag settings and endurance.