What can I expect out of a "crappie rod" with 8 lb test when I hook into a 4 lb largemouth or 7 lb channel cat? Are they going to snap the rod?
We (myself and family) generally panfish over 8-16 ft of water from a boat, casting into the shoreline dropoffs with 1/64 - 1/32 oz jigs tipped with piece of worm, up to a full nightcrawler when targeting bass. A good bass or catfish, or even a carp, might take even a small piece at any time, but 90% of the bites will be bluegills, crappie, and white perch.
The regular spinning gear we use (5'6" up to 7') is not ideal for casting such small weights, and frankly a lot of our gear is old junk as well with minimal feel to it. I am looking to upgrade.
I had never heard of a "crappie rod" until recently, and I have been considering getting a few in the 8'-10' range (2 pc), light to medium action but sensitive with a "fast tip". They seem perfectly suited to our needs, as long as they are not going to snap with a heavy fish on or a snag. Assuming the big fish would be netted, and not lifted into the boat, would a rod like this work? Can these rods cast a good distance as well, or are they designed only for vertical jigging or spider rigging?
Any particular brands or models that are good or bad? I've been considering these pro angler rods at about $50 each. http://www.proanglertackle.com/CrappieRods.htm