Best Crappie Combos for your Buck

Everyone has a budget, unless you’re the federal government……… but that belongs on another website.

Fisherman are no exception, everyone has a certain amount they either allot or feel comfortable spending on a particular item. If you’re a die hard, crappie or nothing tournament angler, chances are you’re willing to spend a few bucks more than a bass guy that fishes for crappie every once and a while and a lot more than than a occasional angler stepping up from the Zebco 33 he got as a kid.

NO matter what your budget you want to get the most bang for your buck so we put together a list of what we feel are the best crappie combos on the market for each price range.

So let’s set some benchmarks on price and go from there:

  • Entry Level – Less than $50
  • Mid Level – $50 – $100
  • Serious – $100 – $150
  • Expert = $150 +

These are our editorial staff’s top picks of Rods, Reels and Combos. Please share your thoughts and suggestions below.

Entry Level

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Maxx Signature Series Spinning Combo

Best Crappie Combos

At $40 the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Maxx Signature Series Spinning Combo is a pretty sweet deal. Available in three lengths; 4’6″, 5’6″ and 6’6″ light and ultra lite action and two reel sizes the Crappie Maxx takes the place of the signature series reels Bass Pro Shops has offered for years. 4 bearings, brass pinion gear, stainless main shaft and instant anti reverse make the reel light weight and durable. A great rod and reel combo built for years of reliability at an affordable price.

Mid Level

Shimano Sedona FD Reel & B&M Sharp Shooter Rod

Best crappie combos for your buck

Add these two together and you come in around $90. The Shimano Sedona FD 500 is a work horse, 4 ball bearings and a roller bearing, dyna balance, super stopper anti reverse and a graphite frame make this a durable, smooth reel that will last for years. The B&M Sharp Shooter is a crappie specific rod, designed for dock shooting, it is just as good as a casting and pitching rod. 100% graphite, cork handle with plenty of backbone and a soft tip.


Serious Crappie Angler


Browning Medallion GT  & Falcon BuCoo Rod

  best combos for crappie fishing An outstanding combo that will not break the bank. Pieced together for a total just under out $150 mark The Browning Medallion GT is a bad ass reel featuring 6 bearings, a ceramic line roller, carbon body and a smooth steel / fiber drag system. Match that with a Falcon BuCoo Ultra Lite rod and you have a balanced fishing system ready for just about anything.

Expert Level

Temple Fork Outfitters Gary Loomis Signature  & Revo SX Spinning Reel

best crappie combos for your buck

“You wanted the Best , You got the Best”

So you are the mac daddy crappie master and you want the highest quality stuff your fatty wallet can buy. First off check out the Abu Garcia Revo SX 10 spinning reel  8 bearing system, carbon body, 1 piece gear box, brass gears and a carbon matrix drag system. Bust out $150 for the reel and we’ll go rod shopping. We picked the TFO G Loomis signature series freshwater rod. O.K there are more expensive rods out there but we’ve never fished one we like better than the Loomis. Balance, power, action and durability make it our top pick.

No that we’ve stirred that pot, let us have it.

What did we miss?

Which ones are better?

Fire at will below.