Catfishing setup - What kind of rod should I get for my new ABU 6500 C3?

Discussion in 'Fishing Rod Review' started by BigCatSteve, May 27, 2006.

  1. BigCatSteve

    BigCatSteve New Member

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    My brother bought me a Abu Garcia 6500 c3 reel for my Birthday and i was wondering what kind of rod you all think i should put it on.your input would be appreciated
     
  2. RIP

    RIP New Member

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    Hang on I hear them coming out of the woodwork.LOL 8' Ugly Stik MH
     

  3. BigCatSteve

    BigCatSteve New Member

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    I figured that would be the most common but i wanted to see what other rods people prefer
     
  4. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    I have a Abu Garcia 7000 Big game on a 7' MH Tiger Ugly Stik. Its a perfect match.
     
  5. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    A nice big MH ugly stik.
     
  6. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    Medium Heavy ugly Stick. I love all or mine.
     
  7. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    I would recomend a 7' m/h tiger uglystick.(the yellow one not the white) These are a bit more expensive but well worth it, IMO!!!
     
  8. RIP

    RIP New Member

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    I don't own one but have used them before and really liked them. After the National Gathering I will buy two or three, but right now I'm saving my money for the NATIONAL GATHERING.
     
  9. Cat King

    Cat King New Member

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    I would defenitly get a Ugly Stick Custom.
     
  10. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    Also consider a "Ugly Cat" rod, $30 at Walmart. I own some of them and they are great rods, had mine for years, only had to replace the tip, and that was the only thing that ever broke on mine.
     
  11. BigCatSteve

    BigCatSteve New Member

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    you know Kat i have seen them and always wondered if they were good rods or not,thanks for letting me know
     
  12. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    They are awesome! The Tiger is also great, but I like the ugly cats a little better then the Tiger I Have, the Ugly Cats are cheaper too.

    Good luck!
     
  13. Ghoulscout 13

    Ghoulscout 13 New Member

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    I have one of the Ugly Stick Catfish rods, its probley the best rod ive used for fishing cats.
     
  14. Pillpeddler

    Pillpeddler New Member

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    Saw an article in an outdoor mag. at the docs office the other day, fella bought 7 rods, MH 6'- 6'6" and proceded to try to destroy them. He used paracord and a bucket that he loaded with lead wts. The Ugly Stik (the cheapest rod) was the only one that survived. He loaded it up with 55# and ran out of lead. I liked'em before, likem better now. Remind me of me... cheap, sturdy & ugly!
     
  15. Iowa_Josh

    Iowa_Josh New Member

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    I think the perfect rod length is 9'. Out of a boat that would be too much but from the bank it is a nice length. Cabelas has a predator rod that is longer. Daiwa makes a few that come in 9-10' also. I wouldn't buy one that is way too stout. I have had mixed luck with that type.
     
  16. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    I just gotta be different. I'd say to save your pennies and go someplace like Academy and spend 30 to 35 dollars and get a 14 to 15 foot surf rod. Then, go to Walmart and get a heavy action Berkley Big Game rod, then I'd get something like that Zebco Rhino Indestructible. I'd change that reel from one pole to another and just have a ball fishing for whatever I wanted. Don't get tunnel vision. LOL
     
  17. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Ive used meat hunter rods for years with no problems 777
     
  18. winston61

    winston61 New Member

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    from Wally World.
     
  19. catchinghogs

    catchinghogs Well-Known Member

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    If you can afford it try St croix rods.
     
  20. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Shakespeare Ugly stick Tiger rod $55 bucks cant go wrong for the price.As mentioned above if you can justify the cost St. Croix rods are super. also if you want to go first class visit with Jim Gotor (hope i have his first name right) He is one of our Brothers here on the sight B.O.C. and he makes Custom rods That are to die for I understand I'm just finishing up a complete kitchen remodel job for my wife and I should have some extra Daddy points and I'll have me one of those Gator rods SOON!!!! Bigcatman0816.