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.

crappie gear
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.


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.


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.


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.



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.




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


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.


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.



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.


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

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You


Find and Fish Bluegill Beds Efficiently

Terry Madewell - May 22, 2019

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies.


MidwayUSA Pro Series Shooting Mat

G&F Staff

Shooters across the U.S. are using this competition shooting mat.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

New Abu Garcia Baitcasting Reels

In the booth of one of fishing's all-time great reel makers, Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead and Andrew Wheeler of Pure Fishing discuss one of the brand new baitcasting reels from Abu Garcia being released at ICAST 2019.

Mustad Skatter Shad Bladed Jig

As Mustad continues to expand into an all-around tackle company, Reid McKinstry shows off some innovative features that make the Mustad Skatter Shad bladed jig a winner in big bass waters.

Lure Lock Tackle Cases: No-Spill, No-Scent

Glenn Walker talks us through the soy-based technology that makes Lure Lock cases spill-proof and scent-proof. With Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories


10 Best Long-Range Cartridges Ever Made

David Hart - January 14, 2015

Want to test the outer limits of your shooting skill? There's more to successful long-range

Wild Game

10 Memorial Day Recipes for Your Outdoor BBQ

OutdoorChannel.com Staff

Celebrate the start of summer with great food for your backyard BBQ or picnic with these...

Other Freshwater

6 Tips for Nighttime Crappie

Keith Sutton - June 19, 2017

Fishing for nighttime crappie gets you out of the summer heat and puts more fish in the...

See More Stories

More Other Freshwater

Other Freshwater

American Shad! Facts About 'Poor Man's Tarpon'

David Paul Williams

Understanding shad is key to finding them, no matter which river you're fishing.

Other Freshwater

Augers to Tip-Ups: Best Ice Fishing Gear at ICAST

Drew Warden - August 01, 2019

It may be the middle of the summer, but it's not too early to think about winter ice fishing.

Other Freshwater

Troll to Cast for Muskies

Mark Sak - June 13, 2019

Increase your odds of hooking up by trolling, then casting in high-percentage areas.

See More Other Freshwater

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.