Catfish Safari question

Discussion in 'Fishing Rod Review' started by FLATHEAD STEVE, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. FLATHEAD STEVE

    FLATHEAD STEVE New Member

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    JUST WONDERING HOW CAT SAFARI RODS COMPARE TO OTHER BIG NAME CAFISH RODS, HOW ARE THEY ANY BETTER. OR ARE THEY?
     
  2. insanedrifter

    insanedrifter New Member

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    They are very well built rods designed by catfishermen for catfishermen. It is the Highest quality rod for the money if you can't spend the money to have one custom built
     

  3. GaryF

    GaryF New Member

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    Comparison to an Ugly Stik Tiger Rod MH 2202 to Catfish Safari River Rod

    Bend - The most important difference is the “bend” characteristics. The Tiger rod gets progressively stiffer, to the point that the lower half doesn’t bend much, if any. Basically the working length of the 7’ Tiger rod is only about 3 feet when setting the hook or fighting a fish. The Catfish Safari rod is stronger in the tip, with a more gradual transition toward the handle, and you end up with about 5 feet of working length when fighting a fish. Both rods are hugely strong – it’s the bend “shape” that is different. I think the characteristics of the Catfish Safari are an advantage because it will help keep tension on the line when fighting and landing a fish, and it gives a more linear response to a big fish that suddenly takes a run vs the rapid transition to “broomstick” on the Tiger.

    Casting - The stronger tip in the Catfish Safari rod handles bigger casting weights – sinkers of 10oz or bigger or big baits – better than the Tiger. Tigers are tough rods, but feels pretty wimpy when tossing something like a 2lb carp head or an 11” live goldeye – the Catfish Safari rod does a lot better.

    Guides – I’ve replaced tips on 2 of my Tiger rods due to line wear. They seem to be stainless coated with a softer metal on the inside, while the Catfish Safari are solid stainless steel.

    Handle - The cord handle on the Catfish Safari is a nice touch.... I personally like it better than foam. It should also hold up better and be easier to replace if it does start to wear. The cord on the Catfish Safari also gives it a bit smaller diameter, so it will fit into some rod holders that the foam on the Tiger is a little too big for.

    Fit and finish – both rods are pretty flawless and well finished.

    Warranty – Catfish Safari offers a little better warranty, but I really don’t think you will need it for either rod.

    Catfish Safari is made in the USA vs the Tiger made in China.

    Catfish Safari is also a catfish specific product, while the Tiger rod has a picture of a Tuna on the handle.

    Both are very good catfish rods that will land the majority of fish that you hook into, but I have to give the advantage to Catfish Safari. It’s a better product for catfishing, and purchasing from them supports a US manufacturer, a BOC sponsor, and catfishing in general. The owner, Steve Brown, is also a great participant on our site – where is Shakespeare?
     
  4. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Very well said... I will cheat and say...


    See above. :wink:
     
  5. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    I don't think it could be said any better.
     
  6. FREESPOOL

    FREESPOOL New Member

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    I just bought 2 CS lake rods. Though I haven't got to use them yet... I just love the parabolic bend, the wrapped handle, and the stainless eyes. The stainless eyes seem to be very, very, very, very strong. I'm looking forward to many years with these rods. And I plan on getting some more. Steve's a good guy too.
     
  7. Skipjack

    Skipjack New Member

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    How does the Safari compare to a Surge Elite?
     
  8. prostreetS10

    prostreetS10 New Member

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    Im gonna cheat too. I have a set of steve's rods they are awesome. Gary couldn't have said it any better. The rods are well worth there money and i don't think you will find a better built rod for the money.:wink:
     
  9. bigbigjoe76

    bigbigjoe76 New Member

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    While we are on the subject, can anyone tell me if there is a difference between Steve's lake rod and the flathead rod besides length, wrap color, and handle color. I plan on getting 2 soon and can't decide which model to get.

    Joe
     
  10. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    The flathead rod is 8 foot and the lake rod is the same rod except 6 inches are cut off the butt section of the flathead rod. That is the only real difference so the flathead rod is going to be a little stiffer in the back end.
     
  11. goingfishin

    goingfishin New Member

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    I do not have one yet, but I will buy three when I can aford it. I was at the sportsman show last weekend where they gave me a demonstration of it. One guy told me to hold the rod like I was fighting a fish. He then bent the rod completely over and started to tug on it. It was all I could do to hold on. I had to tell the guy that, that was enough. Like I said when I can afford it I will buy three.
     
  12. Douglas Foster

    Douglas Foster New Member

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    Here's a picture of a Tiger rod Next to a Catfish Safari Flathead rod taken around dusk with the camera on flash. I think the CS rod will be easier to see at night
     

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  13. Douglas Foster

    Douglas Foster New Member

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    Here's a couple without camera flash
     

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  14. Douglas Foster

    Douglas Foster New Member

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    Here's a couple of more pictures. The last ones came out kind of small. I'm still trying to figure out this size thing.:confused2:
     

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  15. bigbigjoe76

    bigbigjoe76 New Member

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    I'm thinking about getting a couple of these rods but I still have a question. I've always used rods with a trigger and I don't think the flathead rod has one. Are they as easy to hold on to during a fight as a rod with a trigger would be?

    Joe
     
  16. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    I never use the trigger even if the rod has one. I hold my hand above the reel when fighting a fish. You have more control of the rod that way.
     
  17. ahab

    ahab New Member

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    Has anyone used the spinning version of the Flathead rod Is the action (sensitive/responsive tip % full flex) the same??I posted this question earlier and go no responses :confused2:-Steve are you there? I am this (VERY) close to ordering and wish I could buy them all by-but cannot-seriously.
     
  18. kmcalester

    kmcalester Active Member

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    I got that same demo at the sport show and I already know I will have one by the kids spring break, and another for Father's Day(that or a boat).
     
  19. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    The spinning rod is the same rod. Just has spinning eye's on it instead of the baitcaster style eye's.
     
  20. cdf1961

    cdf1961 New Member

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    number 10 at last