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04-04-2012, 07:08 PM #1
Adding a new rod to my collection-need advice
I am in need of a second catfishing rod and am looking to see what others are using. I'd like to say that money is no object, but these days, well, you know how it is.
I will be fishing the Platte and Loup and am targeting flatties. I will mate a Penn 309 to what ever rod I get.
So let's hear your ideas and recommendations for a tough, budget friendly kitty rod.
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04-04-2012, 07:52 PM #2
Depends, man. Are you fishing from a boat or bank? I use 12' daiwa beefsticks, but I do a lot of lake bankfishing so I need a long cast. For rivers, a shorter stiff rod will probably suit you better.
Also, you're pairing a baitcast reel. Cheap baitcasting rods can sometimes be harder to find than spincast.
There's one that comes to mind first that I think might fit what you're looking for... Berkeley Big Game. 7' or 8'. Walmart for $20-$30 bucks. I've seen them on clearance for less. Don't let the price fool you, they're decent rods.
04-04-2012, 09:15 PM #3
Thanks, I'll check them out. I have wondered about those rods.
Almost all of my fishing will be bank fishing.
04-04-2012, 09:17 PM #4
The Zebco fighter rods from Renegade are pretty good for the money. You might also consider Eagle Claw rods if you want something under $75.
04-04-2012, 09:44 PM #5
I like the cabelas king kat rods for $30. When they go on sale you can get them for $20. For a low budget rod they are hard to beat.
Also, its an all white rod and easy to see at night with very little light.
04-05-2012, 12:26 AM #6
Also try out the local pawn shop/s, you can sometimes find quality gear on the cheap.
04-05-2012, 12:43 AM #7
i have 6 twc with penn s on them and love them if you want a good rod for all types of fishing channels blues and flathead they will do the job if you want to go a little bit cheaper try a big cat or a cat max from bass pro i know them are some stout rods and are really good asxwell and can handle any size fish you can get catfish connection has the berkley e cats i have one it is a good rod as well
04-05-2012, 05:33 PM #8
I would like to add to check out the Berkley CATMAXX rods also. I own one and love it. Bought it at a local Bass Pro Shops outlet store for $35 or so. Maybe give the Uglystick some consideration also. Just opt for a more heavy duty Uglystick for your Flathead Catfish requirements! GOOD FISHING BRO!
04-05-2012, 08:30 PM #9
Not real fond of two piece rods, but it will do until I can find a good sale on something else.
04-05-2012, 08:57 PM #10