Ideal spincast setup?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by nralover, May 14, 2007.

  1. nralover

    nralover New Member

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    Hello all- new to the board:) My question is- what would you recommend in a spincast setup to handle general catfishing? My favorite lake does have a few 15-20 pounders in it, so I want to be able to handle them if i hook up with one. Any suggestions would be appreciated..... NRA
     
  2. ratkinson

    ratkinson New Member

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    First let me say welcome. I have a catfish set up I use. It is a 7' ugly fish cat rod, and an optix spin reel. I bought it with the same intentions you're talking about. For most of the fish I catch it is a little overkill. However, when I hook a good cat, or salmon, I am quite pleased. If I had to buy it again, I would probably go with a 7 or 8ft standard ugly stick and a down sized Akuma reel. We don't get many fish over 20lbs around here,but, I am ready for them.

    Rich
     

  3. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

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    Quantum Big Cat Rod with an Okuma Coronado Baitrunner and I'm thinking of selling this set up because I'm switching to baitcasting if interested send me a P.M.
     
  4. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC! Sounds like these fellas know their stuff. For just lake fishing, a 7' ugly stick would be hard to beat. Don't ask me about reels because I just use what comes with the combos. Can't afford the good stuff.
     
  5. nralover

    nralover New Member

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    Fellas, thanks for the advice. Actually though, I was inquiring about push button reels. I have nothing against spinning or baitcasting setups and I use both, but would prefer a push button reel for catfishing...
     
  6. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

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    Jay,

    Your basic Zebco 33 or 808 or 888 should be able to handle most cats below 15 lbs. As long as you aren't trying to cast the distance of a football field and aren't trying to use line heavy enough to be put on the winch of an ATV, you should be fine.
     
  7. nralover

    nralover New Member

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    Maybe an 808 would be just the ticket:) I have a Zebco Omega which seems to be built like a tank though, I suppose that is an option as well. It seems like alot of folks underestimate what fishing equipment can do- on several occasions my wife and I have been bluegill fishing with some Zebco 11's (4 pound test), and brought in some channel cats in the 3 to 4 pound range. If you think the Omega won't suffice, perhaps I'll grab one of those big honkin' 808s. I think I saw them at Wally World for around 30 bucks, and could pair it with a Berkley Big Game rod... what do you think?
     
  8. Chrisingeorgia

    Chrisingeorgia New Member

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    Abu Garcia Abumatic 275 reels are pretty good for the money. Cast a mile, too.
     
  9. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    Ooops.:big_smile: I was confused by the title of Ideal spincast setup. Not much into push button reels, but those Rhino combos look ok to me. I think they are zebco???
     
  10. graybeard

    graybeard New Member

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    If most of your fish will be under 15 lbs, I'd go with a Zebco Platinum 33 on a 6' ugly stick. It will handle the bigger fish if you catch one, and give you a lot of fun with the smaller ones.
     
  11. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Jay Welcome to the BOC. I think TDawgNok has got you covered in this post. One of these should do the job for you. I have a friend that has several 808 and loves them. Good luck on your choice and I look forward to your post.:lol: :big_smile:
     
  12. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC, Jay I would remend a Zebco 733 or 808 for catfishing.
     
  13. biggen0_8

    biggen0_8 New Member

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    The Berkley Big Game or the Ugly Stik are both great rods, however I do prefer the Shakespear Synergy reels over the Zebco's. Just my two cents worth.
     
  14. catmankev

    catmankev New Member

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    Welcome! I used Zebco 808's for years and they would work just fine. I also have Rhino RSC5 that I really like, would also fill your needs!
     
  15. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

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    808 or even a 33 .. Change the Line on either you get. Back when I used em, First thing I always did was strip the line and put on some Stren 17#... Caught alot of decent fish on my 33's.. Still use a couple for White Bass Fishing because they cast a country mile with very little effort...
     
  16. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    Take a look at the Shimano Baitrunner reels, high quality reels that (if taken care of) will last a lifetime. As far as the rod, well just find the action your comfortable with.
     
  17. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    I somehow acquired a zebco 808, and while it's definitely stouter than the smaller zebcos, I'd hate to chance trying to land a 15# cat on it. Jay, I know it's more comfortable to stay with what you already know, and learning to cast a revolving spool reel can be really intimidating, but open face spinning reels are easy to learn to use. I start my grandsons out with a pushbutton reel when they're about 4; by the time they're 6 or 7, they've switched over to open face.
    Open face spinning reels have a number of advantages over pushbutton reels:
    1. They hold more line; large models hold a LOT more line.
    2. You can cast much further; that closed face really creates a lot of drag.
    3. The drag systems are much better on open face reels than closed face. When I throw a closed face reel away, it's always been because the drag froze up, and I won't let the kids use a reel with no drag.

    I've found that braided superline works better than mono on an open face reel, and I suspect that it would work better on a closed face too.
     
  18. nralover

    nralover New Member

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    Actually, I use both spinning and baitcasting. I have a Pinnacle Matrix Metal spinning reel, and a Shimano Citica baitcaster. I was merely interested in a pushbutton, as the wife might frown on another pricey reel. The Zebco for 30.00 is easier to explain than another wallet buster:)
     
  19. Rogue

    Rogue New Member

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    Daiwa silvercast series model 170 bearings and outdoor life voted best spincaster on the market today I own two cant beat them ,even the line guide has a bearing on it
     
  20. SSgt Fishslayer

    SSgt Fishslayer New Member

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    cant go wrong with a ZEBCO 707. i used to use those when i was a kid and they worked great for cats. they are pretty big and can handle alot of pressure. now that i am using spinning gear i dont have any need for them, but i would definatley recommend them to people i know.