I have been using a Penn Slammer for one of my rods this year for Flatheads and Blues. It is the biggest of the Slammer models and boy can it crank. I love my Abu 7000s, but this has got to be one of the strongest spinning reels I have ever used. I just crank down the drag until a flattie takes off with the bait, then a couple quick turns back up, pull and crank. It has worked great this year. Does anybody else use a Slammer for catfish? Oh, Team Catfish hooks definitely help too.