Catfishing Tackle in South Carolina

Discussion in 'LOCAL SOUTH CAROLINA TALK' started by gatorbait, May 14, 2006.

  1. gatorbait

    gatorbait New Member

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    Just curious as to what you other catters in SC are using for tackle. Reels? Heavy Action or Med Action Rods, long or short? Line?
     
  2. Gator

    Gator New Member

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    I am in GA but I use baitcasting reels like the Penn Jigmaster 500 and 505 with 30 Big Game Line 7 foot Eglass rods with a fast action tip and in the 30 to 50 pound class
     

  3. gatorbait

    gatorbait New Member

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    Favorite reels are an Abu and a Johnny Morris. I like a 7' med-heavy graphite or hybrid rod. Used to be a big fan of quantum but have been having quite a bit of trouble with them lately. Currently trying some superlines, we'll se how that goes.

    Hey Gator, favorite bait?
     
  4. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Abu Garcia 5000's, 6500's, and Penn Roddy 175's spooled with Ande 15# or 20# yellow mono on Ugly Stick white catfish rods. Hooks are Gamagatsu circle hooks ranging in size from 5/0-8/0. I use home made "snake/worm weights" on my drift rigs and 50# swivels.
     
  5. Gator

    Gator New Member

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    Freash cut bait or Live gill's
     
  6. flaboy

    flaboy New Member

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    I have a pair of diawa catfish closed face outfits, a pair of openface outfits (med action) and a pair of okuma 454s on kingfishing rods. I use the openface ones mostly and so far they have handled 10lbder, etc.
     
  7. gatorbait

    gatorbait New Member

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    Flaboy, where do you live? I lived in Socastee for ten years, near where Socastee Creek empties into the Waccamaw River.
     
  8. flaboy

    flaboy New Member

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    i live on 814 near millpond!
     
  9. SFISHER

    SFISHER Member

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    Gatorbait, how was the catfish fishing in the lower waccamaw?
     
  10. gatorbait

    gatorbait New Member

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    Gotta be careful there Sfisher. The best cattin is probably in the middle to upper-lower Waccamaw. Go too low and you end up in semi-developed rice fields and I have never caught any monsters in there. I have caught some decent sized fish in the flooded ricefields, but the cover and bank vegetation is very limited and extremely affected by the tides. The river will rise and lower by as much as 5 or 6 feet when the tide comes in and goes out, something you don't have to worry about as much further up the river. Also the water becomes more brackish and salty the further south you go on the Waccamaw. However, one of my dad's friends caught a 45 lb. cat on the lower PeeDee and it is pretty much the same demographic as the lower Waccamaw. If I had to choose though, I would probably say hit the river around Peachtree right before the Waterway dumps into it b/c it can be hard to fish that waterway with 80' yachts bearing down on you every 15 minutes.
     
  11. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    It can be hard to fish the waterway but it can be Oh so good too.Those brakish water fish are the hardest fightin catfish I've ever caught.
     
  12. flatheadhunterx

    flatheadhunterx Active Member

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    i use abu reels with 6 1/2 ft to 7 1/2 ft ugly sticks or eagle claw med heavy rods. have to big cat rods but dont like them as well. they are spooled with 30 lb cajun line.
     
  13. SC Hartwell

    SC Hartwell New Member

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    I prefer a 7 ft hi-tech rod with a 5.1 gear ratio with 30 lb. cajun red line and 5/0 circle hook. This is my best all around set up. I use different rods though fo different situations.
     
  14. SC Hartwell

    SC Hartwell New Member

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    sorry i forgot to say med-hev action
     
  15. Fisher14

    Fisher14 New Member

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    You can't go wrong with the Ugly Sticks for cattin'. I actually just picked up a Berkeley rod and it is pretty dang good too. Shakespeare reels are good also.