Over 30 years ago B’n’M introduced the first graphite jig pole to the market. That pole, the Buck’s Graphite Jig Pole, remains the leader and is the number one pick of our pros for catching crappie.
But let’s start at the beginning. BGJP stands for Buck’s Graphite Jig Pole. It’s a rod that has been in our lineup at B’n’M for a number of years. It’s undergone a few minor modifications through the years, all for the better, and a few color changes. Ultimately it’s the same rod and that means it’s arguably the best crappie fishing rod on the market today. Let’s find out why.
B’n’M introduced the very first graphite jig pole to the market some 30 years ago. It was the BGJP and it remains the leader today, not only with single pole anglers, but trolling enthusiasts alike. When the graphite pole was introduced, it instantly stood above other models from other manufacturers for one simple reason – it’s sensitivity. The days of solid core and tubular fiberglass were gone. The original Buck’s Graphite jig pole found it’s home with single pole anglers because it combined the length, strength, and sensitivity to detect subtle bites while providing the backbone to haul even the largest crappie to the surface.
“The BGJP is probably my favorite of all the B’n’M models that B’n’M makes,” said All Seasons guide Kyle Schoenherr. “This is B’n’M’s work horse rod, it excels at every technique you want to use with it. My favorite is to fish it using a bottom bouncing rig to probe deep water structure. This is a killer tactic when the water is hot and fish are deep and holding tight to structure. As the name implies, I’m using a heavy bell sinker to probe the depths and with a 12 foot BGJP, I can work all around the boat and feel even the slightest tick when a crappie sucks the bait in.”
B’n’M pros Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman invented the art of slow vertical trolling for crappie and with it changed the face of crappie fishing forever while amassing an all-time 7 national crappie championship titles and counting. The BGJP is at the heart of the team’s arsenal.
“We started out with 12 foot poles, then B’n’M came out with the 14 foot and now the 16 foot and it just keeps getting better,” said Ronnie Capps. “You can rig this thing with a 1/8 ounce weight, put it out in front of you and just push right on through shallow water and it’ll never miss a bite. Then early or late in the year, when you need to go deep you can rig it with a 2 ounce weight and do the exact same thing in 20 feet of water. It may bend over a little more, but that rod’s gonna tell you what’s out there. It’s never lied to me yet.”
“Just put it out and go,” said B’n’M pro staffer Kent Driscoll. “You can change lines, you can change baits, you can change weights, whatever you need to do when you’re tightlining to make your presentation better. But you change poles, and you’re going backwards. This rod does it all. Over the years we’ve done some minor improvements, we’ve redesigned the guides, made them larger, lighter, and stronger. We changed the reel seat so that the reel stays in there tighter and that helped increase sensitivity too. And now the rod is flat back instead of a shiny finished blue, which is nice when you spend as much time staring at these rods in the rain, snow and sunshine as we do.”
“The old guys who used this rod to single pole knew a good thing when they saw it,” said staffer Whitey Outlaw. “You could take this rod and shove it up under a tree and he’d bite it and you could get that ole boy outta there. Then, we started tight-lining and all we did was took the single pole idea and multiplied it. Instead of feeling the bite in your hand, you got to see it in the rod tip when you’re fishing eight of them at a time in rod holders. Now we use the 16 footers to get the baits way out in front of the boat. We’re catching more fish with them now than ever before.”If you’ve still got questions, visit us on our website at www.bnmpoles.com or on Facebook at Facebook/bnmpoles. Better yet, go to your local B’n’M dealer and take one out for a spin and see for yourself why the BGJP is still the best crappie rod on the market.