I got a Dick's Sporting Goods gift card for X-mas this year. I went over there this weekend and did a lil shoppin for a catfish rig ( my first single purpose rig ), anyway the selection was terrible. They cater to the golfer, tennis player, fitness guru, hiker, ect. ect. I bought a 7' Shakespeare Uglystick Catfish pole ( med.-hvy. action, 15-30 lb. line, model # ucca110170 ) and for lack of anything bigger or stouter at this establishment, a Zebco 808 magnum reel filled with 25# mono. My questions are, can I spool any heavier line onto the 808, if so what would be best ? Will the combo make a decent first catfish rig ? Will the reel last any time at all ? I know most of you guys use the Penn's and Abu's, but I'm not real good with a baitcaster so I would probably go with a spinnin reel, and arent in a position to spend that kind of money yet. Let me know what ya think.