fishing rods

Discussion in 'Fishing Rod Review' started by indycatman, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. indycatman

    indycatman New Member

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    looking at two different rods and seeing which one do you all think is better i am either getting a 7'6" zebco quantum m/h bigcat rod casting or a amercian spirit nite stick pro m/h 7'6" i fish for flatties and some blues i knwo there has been threads for both just seen which one is the brute for catfishing
     
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  2. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Their both good rods, i'd go with the nightstick.:wink:
     

  3. FATDAD

    FATDAD New Member

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    nitestick:wink:
     
  4. slimdaddy

    slimdaddy Well-Known Member

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    i have 2 am nite stick 7'6'' pro models they are good rods
     
  5. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    The thing I like most about the Nitestick is that it has PLENTY of backbone to horse the flatties around, yet they are sensitive enough to detect the mildest bites. Of the NON boutique rods, I'd say the Nitestick is close to the top of the line.

    Bill in SC
     
  6. goosed

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    I just got 2-bigcats M & M/H have not used them yet. Hope to get out with them soon.
     
  7. kyelkhunter3006

    kyelkhunter3006 New Member

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    Quantum Big Cat Rod

    Pro's

    1. E-glass construction is super durable
    2. Better reel seat
    3. More actions to choose from, medium to super heavy
    4. Two different lengths in the same actions
    5. Better overall quality in components and workmanship
    6. Quantum is known to stand behind the rod if there are issues

    Con's

    1. They are a heavy rod
    2. Less guides than some rods
    3. Guides are considered the weak point by many people

    American Spirit NiteStick Pro

    Pro's

    1. Graphite composite blank is lighter, more sensitive, but still powerful
    2. White rods are MUCH easier to see in low-light or night fishing
    3. More guides on the rod, and they are sturdier guides
    4. Cheaper than the Big Cats, IF you join the Catfish Insider group
    and IF the rod deal is still available

    Con's

    1. Quality of materials and workmanship is a little sub-par. Lots of
    complaints of off-center guides/reel seats, broken reel seats, broken
    guides
    2. Not sure how American stands behind bad products or product issues
    3. Not as many choices in actions as the Big Cat

    Having said the above, it looks like I'd have bought the Big Cats, but I didn't. I bought the Nitestick, #1 because of the Insider deal, #2 they were white, and #3 they were a graphite composite rod. I was going to use them for other species as well, and not for just soaking bait, so the weight of the Big Cat rods was a major issue for me.

    I bought four of them, and the only issue I had was that the reel seat had a little too much play in it, even when tightened down to the max on the reel. Guides were perfectly straight, action was just right, IMHO.

    Then I decided to sell them and go a different route completely, so.....

    Pick your stuff and pay your money. Experimentation is the only way to find out what you like in gear.
     
  8. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    Reps to ya, Chris. You shoulda been a statistician as you always do the research and have the facts. That was a very honest evaluation.

    Bill in SC
     
  9. Catmanblues

    Catmanblues New Member

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    Would think the nite sticks can get the job done best.
     
  10. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    NightSticks,

    I had ordered a pair of 8'MH in red and blue before I started building my own. and kept them for awhile before I gave them to my oldest grandson last christmas and I know he will get some good use out of them for sure:wink:.

    my brother had one of the bigcats that fell apart up on him.
     
  11. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    id say spend a couple more $ and check out the ugly stik tiger lite that has simmilar propertys of the rods you are looking at minus 6" but has better quality componets and craftsmenship.
     
  12. goosed

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  13. CatSlayer715

    CatSlayer715 New Member

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    i love my nitestick. Im sure you will too