by Tim Huffman
Expect comfort and great balance when using the 75 Series, 7.5-foot spinning rod by BnM Pole Company, the leader in crappie fishing poles. The one-piece construction provides true action and strength not found in a two-piece rod. It’s high-modulus graphite (a BnM secret recipe) gives extreme strength, sensitivity and castability. It has gold alloy guides and a genuine Portuguese cork knob handle. It looks great with the 75-anniversary colors of diamond white, gold and silver. It’s matched with BnM’s all new 75 Reel made with 7+1 ball bearings, a 4.9:1 gear ratio and a reversible handle for right- or left-hand retrieves. It looks good, feels good and will stand up to high use. The MSRP is $119.99.
The 1.25-inch plastic Itty Bit bait series came along at a perfect time. Although a few fishermen picked up on them early, most crappie-chasers ignored them. Live-image units changed everyone’s thinking. It is easy to see how fish often react negatively to large and midsize baits, while a small offering will trigger a bite. The Slab Slay’R, Swim’R and Slab Hunt’R Itty Bits are smaller versions of proven Bobby Garlands baits. The newest Itty Bit is the Slab Hunt’R. It offers a larger profile, excellent tail action but is only 1.25 inches long. You can’t go wrong with Monkey Milk, Lights Out, Cajun Cricket and Bluegrass colors. MSRP 20-pack $3.49.
Linden Plantation is known as a magnificent wedding venue, premier wing shooting plantation and historical landmark. Enjoy a Mississippi Delta experience here that includes woods, water wildlife and cuisine of the Linden Plantation, or simply enjoy a relaxing getaway. Fishermen have an opportunity to stay at one of the cabins located on Lake Washington, a great crappie destination. Be sure to pick up a bottle of their high-quality Linden Plantation Honey, a Royal Reserve honey produced in Mississippi. Contact Esperanza Outdoors at the Linden Plantation for reservations, or for their honey, at 662-839-2181 or 662-822-2031.