Flathead Catfishing - Choosing the Right Rod for them!

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by flathead_ky, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. flathead_ky

    flathead_ky New Member

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    At my local lake (Fishtrap Lake) I use a slip float setup for cats (channels and flatheads). I am going to get me another rig. I have found a Quantum Open Face reel, but I am trying to decide on what rod I am going to match with it. I am choosing between a 7'6" Medium Heavy or a 7" Medium Heavy Ugly Stick Catfish Rod. What would be my best choice, because I am using a 9" float and going to be using bluegill, big chubs, etc.?
     
  2. Baitkiller

    Baitkiller New Member

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    Go by the rated "Lure weight" if you want the rod to work proper. How much does the Gill, possible sinker & boober weigh? Are you ever going to need to use more weight with the same rod?

    hope this helps!

    2nd opinion: If none can be found in writting I would not buy it! Do not go by the action for this can be very misleading, it varys alot from what I've seen.
     

  3. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    Go for the 7'6 ugly stick, a little more flex for distance.
     
  4. balddaddy91

    balddaddy91 New Member

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    i recomend the same great rods
     
  5. FlatGetter

    FlatGetter New Member

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    That ugly stick catfish is a good rod. It will handle most any catfish you'll ever hook up with.
     
  6. Desperado

    Desperado Active Member

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    I like the Quantum Big Cat rods. Can throw alot of weight too. But do make sure you read the rods you choose and get what you want.
     
  7. flyguyskt

    flyguyskt New Member

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    i have discovered that muskie rods have serious backbone and handle BIG fish with zeal! i own 3 one loomis and two fenwicks. 2 penn reels and one abu garcia! all have stoppe 60# flats in heavy currents with numerous 40-50 # ers
     
  8. eaglesfan00000

    eaglesfan00000 New Member

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    I personally like Quantum, they have good rods for good deals.
    I own 2 Quantum Big Cats, 2 Quantum Trophys, and 2 Quantum Blue runners
    all combos.
     
  9. sem21

    sem21 New Member

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    I Dont Do Much Boat Fishing, So I Use Two 17' Meathunter That I Cut Down To 12' Poles, That Made Them Realy Stiff And Good For Snagging Also. The Real I Use Is The 7000c3 Abu. I Also Have A 12' Finwick That Are Realy Hard To Find.
     
  10. David Knotts

    David Knotts New Member

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    I'm lookin at the ugly sticks myself. My question is what is a good hook size? I don't want to big or to small of a hook. I was thinkin 5/o or 6/o.
     
  11. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    I use a PENN 525 MAG with baitclicker with a 7'6 St. Croix Musky Rod. This is the same setup I use to striper in New Jersey.
     
  12. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    When bobber fishing for cats from the bank I like a long rod. At least 9', seems I can get my bait out there easier and get more distance. Also a longer rod helps you control your line a little better and helps take up any slack line for a hook set. Long rods are not good out of a boat though so I have my 9' bobber pole for bank fishing only.
     
  13. Riverjake

    Riverjake New Member

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    I would choose the 7' rod if you are planning on fishing from a boat and the 7'6" rod if you do most of your fishing from the bank. The 7' rod would be my choice for an "all around" rod. Other than that I think either would be a good choice.
     
  14. eaglesfan00000

    eaglesfan00000 New Member

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    You have to match your hook with your baitfish.
    I use a 7/0 - 8/0 with big baitfish 5/0 with little bait or cut bait.
     
  15. fishinjunky

    fishinjunky Member

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    i have a fenwick jig 6'6 heavy action rod, it will set you back 100 bux but it has unbelievable back bone to it, and also descent sensitivity. i have it paired up with a quantum blue runner reel which is around 60 bux but the performance of these two are unmatched by anything i've ever seen.
     
  16. Ducain

    Ducain New Member

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    7' Ugly Stick catfish rod with an Abu Garcia baitcasting reel.

    Good stuff.
     
  17. LarryE

    LarryE New Member

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    fan of the ugly stick here to
     
  18. cathunter28

    cathunter28 New Member

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    I have 7 rods I use for the bank and for the boat i have a 6' 6"shakespeare sturdy stick with a 320 GTI reel a senator 2 5'5" rod rated at 50lbs to 150lbs line nice rod and reel I got it out of a cabel magazin in the very back it was a fishing trip artical and they were ocean fishing with it, so i called and they got it to me in about a week.the rod is a tidewater with rollers all up it.long story short I like penn reels the most have had alot of good fights with them but like all my rod and use them all it never hurts to have diffrent kinds of rods and reels, diffrent rod for diffrent thangs. i wish you all the luck on finding that sertan rod and reel but just remember it sometime dosent matter what the rod or reel but how the fisherman plays the fish in point the 123lbs flat in kanasas caught on 12lbs line.:crying: good luck to all
     
  19. tkishkape

    tkishkape New Member

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    I like the backbone and sensitivity of my Fig Rig 7'6" Medium/Heavy power, Medium/Fast action Carbon/Graphite musky rod. It's powerful and very light owing to the graphite composition. It's rated for 25-80 pound line and 1.5 to 4 oz lure.

    It fills the bill for me for drifting and bait fishing. It casts like a 12 foot rod and will stop a 30 pound flathead in his tracks.
     
  20. ks_catman

    ks_catman New Member

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    Got my vote, same set-up...