Piraiba catfish rod any suggestions?

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  1. surfcat

    surfcat Well-Known Member

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    I prefer 2 piece rods for travel myself. At this point most 2 piece rods have been perfected strength wise.
     
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    True! Take your tried and true gear. If your gear fails. The trip is done. As I know all so well, after my monster 3.0 got shredded. This time 2 of everything.

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    As my new friend dusky pointed out, sorry I never did a follow-up of my first trip. To start off. The trip is to the piraiba lodge in the middle essequibo river. This was originally ran by Steve t. Aka the Amazon Angler. We'll just say per the owners request he was fired. The owner ( Navin L. Roopnarain) ( adventures Guyana )taken over all operations of this trip and has greatly reduced the cost. $2500 US! My big game hunt was cut short after a 50# Joel catfish ripped the gears out of my monster 3.0 Sturgion reel. ( you can't not get replacement parts for them).
    As far as the rest of the trip. I had the time of my life.
    Don't underestimate the fish down there. A 12# leopard cat has more strength then a 30 # channel cat.
    Highly recommend using 100# braid, 150 # barrel swivels, 1.5 foot single stand American wire and a 150# barrel swivel clip for the big cats. Peacock- 50 # braid and 50# barrel swivel. Vampire fish and black Piranha- 50 # braid, 50# swivel, 6 Inches of 50 # American wire single stand, followed by a 50# swivel clip. Any treble hooks use need to be saltwater grade, the fish will crush standard hooks.
    Rods and reels- this time in heading out with Penn fathom 40 reels and Akuma x-heavy jigging rod for the cats. And do to multi purpose, my 2 medium reels are shimano high speed spinning reels.
    If you ever get the chance to go, you have to fish for Pacu. Pacu are like hooking into a 2 foot river dum on speed.

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    That sounds incredible.

    Also, your experiance is why I take extra gear with me when travelling. A broken reel or broken rod will suck.
     
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    Unfortuantly, Okuma no longer makes the Andros 2 piece rods.

    The Battle Cats and Cruz popping rods are 2 piece and would be excellent alternatives.
     
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    The Meathunter rods from RF sports come in 50/50 2 piece versions, but I recommend have the rod rebuilt with more and better guides and a better reel seat for what you are going to do. The blanks are very tough and have a lot of power.

    Team catfish makes the heavy 8ft Thunder Cat rod in a 50/50 2 piece design, but only for the spinning version. If you opt to switch to heavy spinning reels for your trip, they would be an option.

    Whisker Seeker makes a heavy 9ft 6in casting rod in 50/50 2 pieces, they also make their medium 7ft 6in rods in a 50/50 2 piece version which should be good enough for most fish.

    Rippin Lips makes a heavy 8ft casting rod in 50/50 2 pieces.

    There are still Okuma Andros conventional jigging rods in 6ft and 7ft lengths on the market if you go to Amazon.
     
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    Sad, best rod I've ever owned.

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    I'm glad to see Rippin lips coming out with the 2 piece casting rods....wish they had done it before I bought too many one piece ones. Thanks Nick:D.
     
  9. surfcat

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    You can get them for super cheap right now due to the close outs. Wouldn't hurt to grab a few up.

    Worst comes to worst, in the event we need a quality 2 piece for travel, ordering European catfish rods is not to difficult. I ordered a pair of Hart X-cat Specialists to use for salt water travel, and they arrived in about a weeks time.

    It is also possible to order some of the Zebco Black Cat rods which should have no issue in South America.
     
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    It is nice theymcame out with those 2 piece heavy casting rods. I really wish I could look at them and see how the 2 piece joint is connected.
     
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    Has dusky figured out what he is goiing to do?
     
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    Good question! I think he's working out something with Navin. Shame he can't make the trip a little sooner.

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  13. LeeWoolery

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    I have two of the 7 foot Okuma Andros A-C-702MH-FG Jigging Sticks rated for 80-150 pound braid and 170-320 grams casting weight...but I routinely throw a pound and a half with no problems.

    These are excellent big cat rods for close-quarters live or dead bait fishing or would be perfect for casting large plugs.

    I use them all the time since they fit comfortably behind the seat of my pick up for ease of storage and security.

    From a design, performance, quality and construction standpoint, these rods are the best I have ever purchased and they were worth the list price of $180.00 but I found them on close-out for 1/2 off.

    They are still available as Nick mentioned on various sites.

    The handle section is 26" long with thick foam grips and features an outstanding ALPS aluminum reel seat with double-locking nuts and finger grips under reel.

    The top section is 60.5" long and has the highest-quality ALPS guides with zirconium inserts.

    The joint between the two sections is solid.

    The rods come with a very nice velour bag and mine are always stored in and never transported out of the rod sleeves.

    I would not hesitate to use a Komodo 450 series reel with 100 pound braid or an Okuma Andros two speed 5ii lever drag.

    Much success