G&F Gear Special: Top Crappie Picks for 2017

G&F Gear Special: Top Crappie Picks for 2017
With all the talk about lead bans, it's good to know there are quality tungsten-nickel jigheads out there, like these BPS Max Tungstens.

Game & Fish Magazines published Gear Issue 2017 for July and August, its third annual look at the gear that will help you a better hunter or angler. In the coming days, gafmag.com will share focussed info on a number of hunting and fishing species. In this article, we look at crappie gear for 2017.

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With all the talk about lead bans, it's good to know there are quality tungsten-nickel jigheads out there, like these BPS Max Tungstens.

RODS/REELS

Maxx Spinning Combo


The lightweight yet strong reel features a reinforced graphite body, graphite rotor, aluminum spool and bail wire, brass and zinc gears, and a smooth-running 4-bearing system.


$40

Buck's Graphite Rods

Redesigned with more guides and a slightly stiffer action, these 96 percent tubular graphite rods feature split cork handles and ceramic guide inserts.

$38-$50


Zebco Bullet

Geared at 5.1:1, this sleek spincast reel gathers 29 inches of line with each revolution of the handle. Dual-bearing supported pick-up pin for smooth line movement.

$99


HARD BAITS

Max Tungsten Jighead

Available in minnow or round form, these environmentally safe jigheads are made of 95 percent tungsten and 5 percent nickel. 1/32- to 1/8-ounce.

$2-$4

CRANKBAITS

Bandit

Popular options for trolling presentations, Bandit's 100 (2-5 feet), 200 (4-8) and 300 (8-12) series comes in six new colors.

$7

Cabela's Crappie Minnow

Curlytail, action-tail and swim-style bodies, these lightweight baits range from 1 3/4- to 2-inch profiles. All weigh 1/16-ounce. Super sharp hooks.

$3.50 for five

Rapala Slab Rap

Fish close to snaggy bottoms without snagging. This slow-falling lipless crank comes in 1 1/2-inch, 1/8-ounce and 2-inch, 1/4-ounce models. Two No. 12 VMC black nickel, round-bend hooks.

$7

VMC Spin Jig

Rig this bait with a boot-tail or fluke-style soft-plastic trailer and swim it through suspended fish. Exaggerated belly keel and premium ball-bearing swivel maximizes the swim-and-spin action.

$4-$5

SOFT BAITS

Shad Scales Kit

41-piece kit includes five different 1 3/4- and 2-inch Crappie Buster hollow plastic shapes and colors and a tube of chartreuse Shad Scales, a scented attractant gel with thousands of micro flecks that emulate wounded prey.

$8

Bobby Garland

With a belly shaped like a boat hull, a flat back, flat tail and rounded body edges, this compact 1 1/2-inch bait resembles a shad and skips like a stone.

$3 for 15

Crappie pro Brad Chappell shares his favorite Bobby Garland jigs for 2017

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