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My first official catfish rod/reel combo.

Discussion in 'Catfish Discussion' started by TritonBill, Aug 27, 2004.

  1. I bought a Shakespeare Ugly stik Catfish 7' M/H rod and a Abu Garcia 6500C3 Reel. This reel looks big but I think some of you recommended it. Whatcha think? Am I ready? haha
     
  2. Fishyguy

    Fishyguy Crazy Catman

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    thats a good combo, it will work fine. I would on the other hand suggest quantum bigcat rod 7'6" MH with a abu-garcia 7000C3
     

  3. flathunter

    flathunter Mellons mentor

    The reel is excellent and the rod is good, I have both.....I use this out fit mainly for channel cats, but I would trust it on Flatheads up to 25-lbs..Fishguy is right, the quantum bigcat will better handle a bigger fish
     
  4. katfish

    katfish Cats are where it's at!

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    Lee

    Maybe tritonbill wants to get used to the 6500 seeming heavy before getting a 7000.

    After a couple of years casting the 6500 his arms will be built up enough to start using the "winch"

    Seriously

    Bill
    I moved down to 6500s a couple years ago as an experiment to see what they could handle. I think the 2 6500s loaded with 20 pound big game have landed a 52-49-47 and a 43 pound flathead and some smaller ones also.

    Of course it might be a little tougher in river current ;)

    PS

    Bill you wouldn't believe how easy the 6500's cast on the James river (with 8 ounce weights and 1/2 pound baits) :eek:

    Also I think Lee has superb taste in his brand of rods (with ceramic tip guides)
     
  5. LOL, 1/2 pound baits! Sounds like fun and I guess I better get my arms in shape!! I'll work up to it.
     
  6. catking

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    Hey Bill- Now all ya have to do is invite DA KING up there to do some early spring flathead fishin :D With your boat, we can find them at W.B. for sure ;) Maybe late May :cool: .Nice cattin combo. That will do just fine....... THE CATKING !!!
     
  7. Sounds like a good setup to me. I'm sure you saw mine the day we were out on West Branch. I use a 6500 C3 on a 7' MH rod as my cat/musky combo. I also have a 6500 C4 on a 6 1/2 I use sometimes too. I'm really starting to like the one piece rods after iusing them for a year now. I think maybe a longer rod would help with some of the bigger fish, but to date I've only lost one and I can't transport anything longer than 7 ft without going to a 2 pc. Welcome to the dark side "bass" man. :p :D


    Barry
     
  8. catking

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    Hey Bill- I'd say this fall, but I'm booked the rest of this season with outings/work/comittments/ etc. etc. :D But I'm serious, I'll drive up one weekend and do some cattin :cool: Like Barry said, welcome to the dark side :eek:
     

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  9. DaleM

    DaleM Original OGF Staff Member

    There he goes again, begging for a boat ride :D If and when he does go out with you, sell the boat and your tackle. It will all have the curse.
     
  10. catking

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    Where did DA KING !!! beg for a ride Hillbilly :confused: DA KING !! changed tatics and invited himself on Bill's boat, BIG DIFFRENCE ;) I'm changing tatics.I'll be heading up in October to do some bassin on your boat Dale. Probably the 3rd week. Make room :cool: See how it works now........ DA KING !!! :D