Fishing reel and line for flathead catfish - How big?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by kat buster, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. kat buster

    kat buster New Member

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    :0a35: I was wondering what type of action rod I sould get for flatheads. Also how big of reel and line. I have heard of people catching from #45 to #60 pounders
     
  2. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    It all depends on where you are fishing..If fishing Rivers with possible heavy current I would reccomend a quantum bigcat medium heavy, or heavy action with a abu garcia 7000 and Berkly biggame line of 30-lb test...I fish rivers so thats the best setup I can suggest.
     

  3. Riverjake

    Riverjake New Member

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    M/H Quantum Big Cat, ABU 7000C, Big Game 50# in open water. Heavy Quantum Big Cat, Penn 310GTI, Penn Jigmaster, Power Pro 80# in heavy cover. These seem to cover my waters fished in what I term medium rivers.

    I have traveled away from my "home" waters and fished with some friends and felt I was over powered. Kind of depends on what waters you fish.
     
  4. doughboy

    doughboy New Member

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    well i have two penn 320LD reels on m/h ugly stick tiger rods with 30#big game in solar green and i have a penn 320GT2on a m/h penn slammer rod with the same big game line and i also have a abu garcia 6500 trophy collection on a m/h penn slammer rod with stren 40#line not to mention the lite gear i use also but i fish the lakes and the rivers of Ohio and so far these have proven to be all i have needed
     
  5. explayer

    explayer New Member

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    I use a cheap 20.00 reel with a tiger rod with 30 pound spiderwire it that good I hope so I still have not caught a flathead maybe i am doing something wrong

    PLEASE HELP
     
  6. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    DJ, For flats use a mediumheavy rod and a 6500 or 7000 abu reel. Like one post above if you don't have to worry about your fish taking you into a snag 30lb on the 6500. If you mainly fish a river then go to 50 or 80lb power-pro on a 7000 to keep some kinda control over a big one. I know its overkill on 20's and 30's but if you have a chance at a 50 to 70 lb cat why not be prepared from the start.
     
  7. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    No you have just been lucky is all. If you did hook one on it, it would be a heartbreaker!!! to loose a big fish because of equipment failier is a bad thing to say the least "real depressing"
     
  8. HARVRAD2003

    HARVRAD2003 New Member

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    I'm not an expert on Flats or even fished them, however I've bought my equipment do to the advise of those who are highly knowledgeable here at BOC. My outfits include 2 PENN 320's and 2 AMBASSADEUR 7000C3'S also have a Jigmaster 500 and Quantum Iron reel, going to use 2 MH TIGERS and a Heavy Ugly Stick Boat Rod this year with 100 lb. power pro on at least 2 of my reels.
     
  9. Catchinbiguns

    Catchinbiguns Member

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    I'm right along with you guys, either a quantum iron or a 7000. Then a big cat or a tiger.
     
  10. Drum Andersen

    Drum Andersen New Member

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    Hard to go wrong w/ an abu 6500 spooled w/ 40 lb Big Game on a Cat Maxx or Tiger Rod.
     
  11. kat buster

    kat buster New Member

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    Thanks ever one for the info! From what ever one is saying a ugly stick with a abu garcia 6500 and #50 big game is the way to go. Theres only one problem. I am flat broke and a 6500 is big $$$$$$$:cursing: . I have a king kat rod and spinning reel I bought from Cabelas. That was before I figured out there were flatheads #30 to #50 pounds in the river I am fishing in. I guess it will be a fun fisht if I hook up with one.:cross:
     
  12. kat buster

    kat buster New Member

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    P.S. were can I go to find a ugly stick catfish rod????
     
  13. Rockin' Blues

    Rockin' Blues New Member

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    try catfish connection for the ugly stick,also okuma reels are a little less expensive,i have 2 and have never had any problems,