Most of the time I’m going to start by trying to catch fish casting from a distance. Even with water temps last winter of 37 degrees we were able to stay off and slow down our jig enough to catch big suspending crappie casting from 40 feet away. I will ease in and pitch to fish from 15-25 feet away. And finally get over them and vertical jig. Most of this I will do with a 7 to 8-foot spinning rod. I like a longer rod with medium light action give me enough load and tip to send a small 1/16-ounce jig.
Most of the time I can stall my retrieve for a couple of seconds over a fish and get the commit. And when they are really active I can real hot and heavy with 1/8-ounce jigs a pound the aggressive ones. You can do almost everything with a good 7 1/2-foot medium-light spinning rod like the Jenko Trick Stick Light or B’n’M Poles 75 Series Combo or Lew’s Wally Marshall Classic Series.