As a newbie crappie fisherman, I didn't think much about the type of rod. But after slow trolling 4 lines from my boat this weekend, I realized I need at least two things. I need longer rods at least for the front 2 poles and I need good rod holders. My current rod holder is whatever on the floor I can put my rod next to. I saw the real benefit of having 10' or 12' poles as well as taller rod holders. I plan to check Bass Pro for both of these items before my next outing.