Catfishing Equipment help!

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by shield64k, May 24, 2006.

  1. shield64k

    shield64k New Member

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    Ive been getting into catfishing lately. So I need some new equipemnt.

    Last year I through out my pelvis pretty bad. Don't ask how ;) well I can't walk the bank's of ponds any more so my new love is catfishing.

    I'd like to get a ugly stick with a open face reel and some good line. I would like to keep it <$100 if at all possible. But I don't know exactly what to buy. I fish from shore and we got channel and flatheads around here. Hope you guys can help.

    -Bill
     
  2. master_cat

    master_cat New Member

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    abu garcia reel all the way man 7 foot ugly cat rod 25 pound triline catfish line ull be set for the hawgs then
     

  3. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    Keeping it under a hundred bucks, no problem. Okuma makes some great affordible reels. Match it with a Ugly stick and your on your way. I hope you catch some biguns!
     
  4. bluecatnut

    bluecatnut New Member

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    i recommend puttinf a penn 209 on the white ugly catfish the grand total will be under 100.00 or even look on ebay u can get good reels for cheap i hope this helps
     
  5. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    The 209 is definitely a good reel, but IMO, you'll get better casting distance with a Penn Jigmaster 500. From what I've seen, they only run about $10 more than the 209 on ebay. The 209 has a levelwind; the Jigmaster doesn't.
     
  6. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    There is an ugly stick catfish spinning combo for about $40...it's not bad for starters. A lot of people on here are die hard baitcasters.
     
  7. catfishkatmando

    catfishkatmando New Member

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    I just got a rig from Catfish Connection for my grand son, A big ugly water rod ,tide water fre runner and some Cajun red line for like 85 bucks.


    SE YOU ON THE FISH BANK SOME TIME
     
  8. shield64k

    shield64k New Member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    How is a spinner and baitcaster different? I see the physical difference, but is there any in casting etc?

    -Bill
     
  9. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    You might also look at places like Bass Pro and Academy for matched sets on sale... the pole is matched to the reel and line. May be a better purchase at this point for a novice and as your experience builds you can add to your equipment. Primary difference between a spinning reel and a bait casting reel is the spool the line is on. On a spinning reel the spool is stationary and the line "spins" off the open end. On a baitcasting reel, the spool itself revolves. The spinning reel generally gives a slight edge to distance, and the school is out on the difference in "muscle" between a spinning reel and baitcaster. The baitcaster is more difficult to master than the spinning reel. Thats about it in a nutshell. Oh, spinning reels are generally cheaper than baitcasters, but then some fords cost more than cadilacs too.