Stacee from Indiana
Whoaaaa! Those look Good!The other day I got finally got a couple of the new Ugly Stik Catfish Special rods so they are indeed a real thing. They look really cool, feel just like an Ugly Stik Catfish and I am sure they will stand up and perform about the same as well. They do look very sharp with the 6500 Catfish Special Abu reel. I will be catfishing in a couple weeks when the northern river warms up.
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I left that out. 50 lb big game is what I used for leader and about 15 yards of backing.Line wise, you are spooled about right. Some go up to 80 for the braid but 65 should do fine. The leader can depend. You didn't mention strength but I generally run 50# mono. If you are in an area that has a lot of rock or logs and is tough on line, you could go up on the leader size.
I have not used the Ugly Stik Medium heavy rods but generally use Medium heavy Rippin Lips and TWC rods. They should handle about anything you hook into. If you are fishing very heavy current you might want Heavy rods but for the most part, Medium Heavy are fine.