The Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Elite™ Spinning Reel gives you smooth operation from a precise seven-bearing system that includes Powerlock™ instant anti-reverse – all at a comfortable price point of $40. The double-anodized aluminum spool is corrosion-resistant, so is the machined-aluminum folding handle. The carbon-fiber drag system delivers smooth, consistent pressure to help you land your catch. It’s an ideal reel for crappie, trout and other panfish that allows you to cast lightweight lures on light line.
About Action and Power:
You are cruising the fishing aisles at your favorite Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops stores looking for a good crappie rod, and the selection is endless. There is a pole for everything, in every size, at every price point, in every color. How do you choose? There are several different things to consider, however, power and action should be forefront.
The “power” of a rod refers to how much force needs to be exerted on the rod to make it flex. Simply put, “power” describes the overall stiffness of a blank, and its ability to react. You can get rods in several different powers: Ultra Light/ Light / Medium Light/ Medium/ Medium Heavy/ Heavy/ Extra Heavy / Ultra Heavy. If you are looking for a crappie/panfish rod, then look to the Ultra-Light offerings. In reality, you can catch virtually any fish with rod, however, you’ll find the most success and enjoyment if you have a rod that is specifically designed for the type of species you are pursuing. As a general rule of thumb, the smaller the fish the lighter the rod. On the other end of the scale, Extra Heavy rods are better geared toward casting large lures and hooking big and powerful fighters like muskies and more.
When it comes to “action” this refers to the blank and at what point the rod will flex. Rods come with available powers of fast, moderate, and slow. Yet again, these are unique to the species you are pursuing. Fast actions flex mainly at the tip of the rod, moderate actions flex toward the middle of the rod and slow actions bend all the way down at the butt of the rod. Bass anglers often use fast actions as the blank flexes mainly at the tip offering more sensitivity. Because the rod won’t flex as far down, the line will move faster, and this is popular with jig or flipping applications. Moderate action rods are commonly used with crankbaits and jerkbaits and unlike a fast action rod, you won’t be yanking baits out of their mouths because they flex further down the rod and offer more give. In general, a moderate action rod then gives you plenty of versatility to target a variety of species with effectiveness using several different techniques.
Hit up the pros at both Cabela’s and Bass Pro, they can help you get into the right setup for the style/species of fishing you do most often. And if you’re a panfish or crappie fishing junkie, definitely look into the Bass Pro Shops® Crappie Maxx® Mighty Lite Rod and Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Elite™ Spinning Reel. Both are excellent and affordable and will have you on the water, filling your limits in no time!
Happy Fishing Friends,