by Tim Huffman
No bait scent is needed when crappie are aggressively feeding. However, crappie are often neutral or negative so it’s important to have every advantage possible. Fishermen have frequently proven that a scent can increase the number of bites. Crappie Magnet has teamed up with Eye Hole Jig to create an innovative and productive jig. The jig head features a hollow eye that is specifically designed to hold a crappie niblet scent attractant. The jig heads come in larger sizes, a great paint finish, Crappie Magnet classic double-cross barbs to better hold a plastic body, and a larger eye hole. Try matching the jig head with Crappie Magnet Slab Bites for a good combination. The Eye Hole Jig comes in 1/32 #4 hook; 1/16 #2; 1/8 #1; 3/16 #1. 5-pack MSRP $3.99.
A new rod has been getting fantastic reviews from fishermen who use it. Many have made it their number-one rod. It’s spotlighted by BnM as the ultimate live imaging rod, the all-new Black Diamond Jig Pole features IM6 graphite, stainless steel guides, carbon fiber reel seat and genuine Portuguese cork handle. It features two sizes, 16-foot and 18-foot, both 3-piece. The 18-foot features a 3.2 counter-balanced weighted handle for better balance and handling. Counterweight plates are removeable to allow customized balance. The 16-foot, Black 163 is MSRP $169.99.
Live imaging sonar, also known as forward-facing sonar, is all the rage these days for catching any species of fish, especially crappie. Cornfield Crappie Gear, known for high-quality products, has a solid live view transducer mount for trolling motors. It’s one of their most popular items. It mounts a variety of transducers to remote-controlled trolling motor shafts. The kit includes all stainless-steel hardware, CNC machined clamps with an aluminum tube, and black protective coiled hose. MSRP $333
Tim Huffman is CrappieNOW co-founder and senior writer. His crappie-fishing books are available in Kindle or paperback at Amazon.com.