Baitcasters for flathead catfish

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by Catmaster, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. Catmaster

    Catmaster New Member

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    I am going to go to town tonight to buy a new baitcast reel. What does everyone recomend to hold giant cats?
     
  2. foreverflathead

    foreverflathead New Member

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    Nebraska
    I would reccomend the penn 330 gti. A friend recently purchased one and It cast great, Has the clicker and seems like you could pull stumps with it. I plan on purchaseing on for my self soon.
     

  3. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Ohio
    Abu Garcia 7000, Penn 320 GT2, Penn 310 GTI.
     
  4. nuthinlikeacat

    nuthinlikeacat New Member

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    Eden Prairie, Minnesota
    I agree with Roger. I have the Penn 330 Gti and I love it. Casts great, and is very smooth. I had to Penn 340 Gti, but it was too heavy for my liking. The only bad thing about the 330gti is the is no tension unlike the 320.
     
  5. FlatGetter

    FlatGetter New Member

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    Illinois
    If thats the river your fishing on your Avitar a ABG 6500 will do good. Cause if its like the river im fishing ( which looks about the same size) a 40lb. Flathead is rare and a 6500 will hold up. But like the other guys the penn's are good and the 7000's are good
     
  6. DaveR

    DaveR New Member

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    Columbus, Ohio
    I'm an Abu guy so I'd recommend a 7000 for monsters.

    Dave
     
  7. BassCat

    BassCat New Member

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    NC
    in my opinion get the best you can afford, If you may go up against some hawgs and can afford a bigger reel get it....i myself prefer Abu 7000's on 7'0" ugly cat rod with 50 lb mono...
    Good Luck,
    Mike
     
  8. Riverjake

    Riverjake New Member

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    Joplin MO
    ABU 7000C, Penn 310 GTI, Jigmaster
     
  9. poopdeck [patrick]

    poopdeck [patrick] New Member

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    ofallon il
    on Easter i caught 70lb flat head from heavy current using a quantum iroc 320 and it worked fine. I also have a abu 7000 but my iroc is my favorite.
     
  10. cathunter28

    cathunter28 New Member

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    Iowa
    I like the 309 penn and 320 gti both good reels and has anyone gone to ebay and got any off there. I see alot of penn going cheap and look good. well good luck to all
     
  11. FordTruckGuySTX

    FordTruckGuySTX New Member

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    Caryville, TN
    I use a Penn 209M or an Abu Garcia 10000BG. alot of people chose to stick with the 7000, certainly a tough reel, but I figured might as well lay down another bill and get the big daddy. With it matched to my 7'0' Tiger Stick I will fear no freshwater fish.
     
  12. Drum Andersen

    Drum Andersen New Member

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    Nebraska
    I would go w/ the abu 6500.
     
  13. shortshank

    shortshank New Member

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    Oregon
    My Penn reels get spanked all year and just take it. My Ambassadeur reel is as tuff as they come, I like it best. I purchased a CZH60 bait caster (dark blue) today 4-2:1 gears and weights in at 370g. I hope it will be as good as advertised. I spool all my reels with 40-50lb. Big Game line. Ugly Stick makes a good rod that helps keep the pressure on your fish and not your arms that is reasonably priced. Get what ever you can afford and get busy.
    Don

    To the world you may be just a person, but to a person you may be the world.
     
  14. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Name:
    John
    If your planning to catch a big one dont go to small i have and use abu 7000s which work great took a flat with it in 2004 that went 71#worked great, also have 2 penn 320 gti and like them also. about 4 years ago i also bought a abu 7700 morrum, to date i only cought a 32# on it hopefuly some day ill see if it was worth the $350.00 i paid for it.Bigcatman0816.
     
  15. Justin

    Justin New Member

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    Oklahoma
    I would go with the Abu 6500C3. Ours take a beatin' year after year and still work!:confused: Their definitely tough as advertised. :0a1:
     
  16. mcwrestler

    mcwrestler New Member

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    Tennessee
    I have been using my roomates Penn 330 gti reel mounted on a Penn Senator 7 ft trolling rod. Very heavy, almost to a point of inconvienience, feels like a winch. I also don't like the lack of tension it has either. I guess a different rod would make a difference, or actually catching something on it, other than big turtles.
     
  17. poopdeck [patrick]

    poopdeck [patrick] New Member

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    ofallon il
    I have a quantum iroc 320 I been using for a good 7 or 8 years. When i first got it I took it apart just to look, I/m curious that way. How ever I have not even cleaned it since then. I guess i need to. Anyway I use it a lot and it is just a GREAT reel. On easter I caught a sixty or seventy pund flattie in heavy current on the mississippi and it worked great.

    I also have a abu 7000 I havn/t hook any big fish on it but when I do I/m sure it will work great too. However the quantum is my favorite simply for the ease of use. Its smooth, cast great,I like the controls better and it pulls in monsters great.
     
  18. dex

    dex Member

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    Oklahoma
    In the past I have owned Abu reels and currently have several Penn models both are great just what you feel comfortable with. The rod should feel very comfortable as well
     
  19. catmankev

    catmankev New Member

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    Valmeyer, Illinois
    Penn 320 GT2 or Abu 7000.
     
  20. caatstalker

    caatstalker New Member

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    oklahoma
    WHAT? no ZEBCOS lol just kidding abu/ penn altho i do have a rino an a eagle claw that work great:)