I’ll be the first one to admit that I am not a panfish guy, with that being said we took out some of Lews’ new toys for testing. Upon hitting the lake he had the broken down 9′ Wally Marshall SOLO rod in hand paired with the Wally Marshall MCS100 spinning reel. Even though this pair only costs around $80 don’t think that the word “cheap” will be used here, instead we will be using the word inexpensive because there is nothing cheap feeling about this setup.
SOLO rod in hand we spent a few hours on the lake, two days in a row with no bites whatsoever, now I’m not saying it’s the Lew’s setup because as my father puts it “I’d rather be bass fishing, at least they are fooled by a rope and a hook.” Before this experience I never quite realized what Mr. Crappie goes through on a daily basis, and boy is it tough!
After all those hours I wasn’t fatigued like I thought I would have been, in fact the casting became relatively natural feeling quickly. The on the water defeat was hounding us since we needed to land some fish to check this SOLO rod out so we headed out to a friend’s pond and did it the cheater’s way.
It didn’t take long and the yellow perch were pouncing on the tubes which gave us ample time to play with the SOLO rod in the way it was supposed to be used, for winching in fish and jigging small jigs in front of hungry pannies. The fly rodesc style of the rod lends to the control and the overall length, allowing the angler to get the lure in front of the fish and keep it in the strike zone.
The rod itself is an IM6 graphite construction that features a graphite reel seet surrounded by a 2″ EVA butt and a 10″ EVA foregrip. Down the rod are 12 guides made of a hard aluminum oxide to ensure of strength and weight.
If you are a crappie or general panfish angler this is a rod I would HIGHLY recommend. The rod runs around $70 and ranges from 9-12 foot which puts you in a perfect position to bring home dinner for yourself and your loved ones!