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Post by BigTerp » 18 May 2015, 15:53

Considering getting another rod/reel setup or two just for catfishing. I currently have an older Ugly Stick with a Shakespeare Medalist attached that works well for catfish. But would like another setup or two to fill my rod holders when we are just targeting catfish. I have a Pfleuger President on a Berkeley Lightening Rod that I use for bass fishing and really like, but don't want to beat it up catfishing. I also use an older Mitchell reel on an ultra-lite ugly stick for bass, but it's obviously too small for catfish. Any suggestions on a cheap rod and reel, or even combo, for catfishing? I say cheap because I know it will get beat up while catfishing. Don't really want to spend a ton on a high end rod and reel and proceed to beat it up while fishing for catfish.
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Post by RiverBottomOutdoors » 18 May 2015, 16:38

BigTerp wrote:Considering getting another rod/reel setup or two just for catfishing. I currently have an older Ugly Stick with a Shakespeare Medalist attached that works well for catfish. But would like another setup or two to fill my rod holders when we are just targeting catfish. I have a Pfleuger President on a Berkeley Lightening Rod that I use for bass fishing and really like, but don't want to beat it up catfishing. I also use an older Mitchell reel on an ultra-lite ugly stick for bass, but it's obviously too small for catfish. Any suggestions on a cheap rod and reel, or even combo, for catfishing? I say cheap because I know it will get beat up while catfishing. Don't really want to spend a ton on a high end rod and reel and proceed to beat it up while fishing for catfish.
7ft Ugly Stick Catfish Rod ($30 - $40)
Any bait caster with a clicker (line out alarm). If you want to catch the bigguns...might want to look at the $100+ Abu reels.

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Post by KMixson » 18 May 2015, 17:25

How big of fish are you looking for? For anything between 20 and 100 pounds I use a Penn 209 level wind loaded with 80 lb. braided Power Pro on a Shakespeare Alpha 7 foot medium action rod.

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Post by Insanity » 18 May 2015, 17:53

I love the old Abu 5000 to 6500 paired with an ugly stick. They work well with large line. Might get a stiffer rod if your going after the big one though.

No idea how well the new ones are made now. ( there not Swedish made anymore) But there still carrying the Abu name. So I'd try one.
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Post by Insanity » 19 May 2015, 07:06

Holy cow. I ran across the new abu in the bps catalog last night. I didn't no they had gotten that high price now days. Guess that's to much for a catfish in reel.
Betting you could find some old ones on ebay.
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Post by BigTerp » 19 May 2015, 08:00

Thanks!!

Only channel cats in my area. Rarely anything over 10-15 pounds, but they are there. So don't really need anything too heavy duty.
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Post by BigTerp » 19 May 2015, 08:02

RiverBottomOutdoors wrote:7ft Ugly Stick Catfish Rod ($30 - $40)
Any bait caster with a clicker (line out alarm). If you want to catch the bigguns...might want to look at the $100+ Abu reels.
Any suggestions on a reasonably priced bait caster? Like I said, won't be getting anything to big on the other end. Maybe the very occasional 10-15+ lber.
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Post by RiverBottomOutdoors » 19 May 2015, 08:56

BigTerp wrote:
RiverBottomOutdoors wrote:7ft Ugly Stick Catfish Rod ($30 - $40)
Any bait caster with a clicker (line out alarm). If you want to catch the bigguns...might want to look at the $100+ Abu reels.
Any suggestions on a reasonably priced bait caster? Like I said, won't be getting anything to big on the other end. Maybe the very occasional 10-15+ lber.
That's kind of subjective. "Reasonable price" that is. I think the C3 and C4 are reasonably priced for a reel that will last a lifetime will little maintenance. The C3 and C4 are made in Sweden. I really like the C4 reels for big catfish.

For channels, I would go with a medium action pole. Medium-Heavy will just over power them and take the fun out of it.

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Post by Jim » 19 May 2015, 09:30

BigTerp wrote:
RiverBottomOutdoors wrote:7ft Ugly Stick Catfish Rod ($30 - $40)
Any bait caster with a clicker (line out alarm). If you want to catch the bigguns...might want to look at the $100+ Abu reels.
Any suggestions on a reasonably priced bait caster? Like I said, won't be getting anything to big on the other end. Maybe the very occasional 10-15+ lber.
And don't sell yourself short! :LOL2:

You will catch a record fish! :beer:
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Post by lugoismad » 19 May 2015, 10:11

Find a used Abu Ambassadour 5000 or 5500.

Spend some time practicing how to cast it. I started teaching myself about 2 months ago and finally got it figured out.

I have mine on a 7ft Zebco Rhino pole, it was just a cheap heavy pole I had sitting in the closet. Its catfishing, not fly fishing.
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Post by BigTerp » 19 May 2015, 10:15

Jim wrote:
BigTerp wrote:
RiverBottomOutdoors wrote:7ft Ugly Stick Catfish Rod ($30 - $40)
Any bait caster with a clicker (line out alarm). If you want to catch the bigguns...might want to look at the $100+ Abu reels.
Any suggestions on a reasonably priced bait caster? Like I said, won't be getting anything to big on the other end. Maybe the very occasional 10-15+ lber.
And don't sell yourself short! :LOL2:

You will catch a record fish! :beer:
You never know...... :D
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Post by BigTerp » 19 May 2015, 10:16

RiverBottomOutdoors wrote:
BigTerp wrote:
RiverBottomOutdoors wrote:7ft Ugly Stick Catfish Rod ($30 - $40)
Any bait caster with a clicker (line out alarm). If you want to catch the bigguns...might want to look at the $100+ Abu reels.
Any suggestions on a reasonably priced bait caster? Like I said, won't be getting anything to big on the other end. Maybe the very occasional 10-15+ lber.
That's kind of subjective. "Reasonable price" that is. I think the C3 and C4 are reasonably priced for a reel that will last a lifetime will little maintenance. The C3 and C4 are made in Sweden. I really like the C4 reels for big catfish.

For channels, I would go with a medium action pole. Medium-Heavy will just over power them and take the fun out of it.
Thanks!!

Would those reels work well for musky as well?
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Post by Jim » 19 May 2015, 14:23

Yes they would work awesome for Musky. A member here is an avid Musky hunter he uses those reels exclusively.
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Post by BigTerp » 19 May 2015, 14:33

Jim wrote:Yes they would work awesome for Musky. A member here is an avid Musky hunter he uses those reels exclusively.
Cool. Thanks!!
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Post by lovedr79 » 20 May 2015, 14:53

i have two setups. one is a Abu 6501 on a Basspro 7'6" telescoping heavy action rod and my other is a Abu 7500 on a 5'6" heavy action ugly stick
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