Reel preference

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by allflats, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. allflats

    allflats Member

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    I have just changed over to baitcasting reels.Used to be strictly spinning reels but now use only baitcasters. I was wondering what others used for flats.
     
  2. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    i use ambassadeur 6000's.
     

  3. kingneck76

    kingneck76 New Member

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    I like the baitcasters, but I need more time using them before I make the switch complete. I still need my spinning reels for those long casts. I just love the free spool clicker, and crossing eyes.
     
  4. shadgut

    shadgut New Member

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    I use a abu garcia 6500 or a 7000 bait caster. Make sure whatever u use it has a bait alarm. In my opion it is the best reel for catfishen.
     
  5. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    I prefer baitcasters, but have several spinning rigs.
     
  6. Dadoftwo

    Dadoftwo New Member

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    I use only Abu's. After you use them awhile and get in some practice casting them you will be able to cast just as far as you can with the spinning reels.
     
  7. fishrepair

    fishrepair New Member

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    THE ONLY THING THAT I WILL USE IS A 6500 AMBASSADEUR. IT HAS A BETTER DRAG THAN MOST BAITCASTERS AND HOLDS ALL THE LINE THAT YOU WILL NEED FOR BIG FLATHEADS. I HAVE REPAIRED REELS FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS AND ABOUT ALL THAT EVER GOES WRONG WITH A 6500 IS THE LINE GUIDE PAWL, FROM NOT OILING THE CARRIAGE SCREW EVER NOW AND THEN. IF YOU REALLY WANT A GOOD ONE GET AN OLDER ONE OFF EBAY. THEY ARE RUNNING ABOUT 25 TO 45 DOLLARS NOW BUT THEY WILL OUTLAST A NEW ONE 2 TO 1. LOTS OF LUCK, RAY
     
  8. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    I use my Cabellas Ugly Stick rods, and a cuple Zepco 7-33
     
  9. kyelkhunter3006

    kyelkhunter3006 New Member

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    Mostly baitcasting reels for everything, flats, channels, blues, bass, etc.

    Couple of Quantum 1310's with 14lb line
    Quantum IR4W with 20lb
    Quantum 1420 with 20lb
    Couple of Pinnacle VS30's with 30lb line (and Garica power handles)
    Two 7000BG Narrow spool lever drags and 30lb line
    One regular 7000 BG Lever drag reel with 50lb line.

    I just prefer the casting gear. If I wasn't comfortable with it, I'd have no problems using one of the large capacity quality spinning reels from Penn, Daiwa, Shimano, and others. European anglers land wels catfish over 100lbs or more regularly with spinning gear. I do like being able to palm the spool of a spinning reel to add increased drag when it's needed.
     
  10. allflats

    allflats Member

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    looks like most here already use baitcasters.Thanks for replys.
     
  11. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    I use casting gear as well. I used to use 6000's, but just got some Tidewaters and after seeing my buddy reel in a state record sized blue on it I'm convinced that they'll handle about anything you can throw at them. If you're fishing a lake or a fairly shallow river I think you can get away with using the smaller casting reels, but if you're fishing big deep water rivers with lots of current you may need more line than a 6000 can give you.
     
  12. allflats

    allflats Member

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    I have a couple tidewaters also and they work real nice.
     
  13. harley5247

    harley5247 New Member

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    I use 6500c3 2 speed reels and 7000 but I think I like the 2 speed reels the best. They have a low ratio when a big fish is on and high speed ratio when just reeling in.
     
  14. CatfishHntr

    CatfishHntr New Member

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    525 Mag's, Penn 10 Levelwind removed. And as mentioned Abu Garcia 6000,6500c3, 6600cl, but with levelwind's Removed and CT Bar put in place. Non Level wind will out cast a Levelwind any Day of the week. Don't have too replace worm gear's and pawl's. Just my $00.02's
     
  15. Pappy B

    Pappy B Guest

    I use Abu 6500s,7000s,Penn Jig Masters,Penn 320s.I use heavy braided lines and fish mostly heavy cover in the small rivers in Arizona.The heavy line and gear is overkill but,I need to get them bad boys turned before they bury into the log jams again.My heavy spinning gear tends to twist my braid too much.
    Pappy B:smile2:
     
  16. firechief4201

    firechief4201 New Member

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    I use Abu 6000, 6500, and 7000. They work great.
     
  17. zeboman

    zeboman New Member

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    I use Okuma spinning reels with baitrunners, they hold plenty of line and I`ve never had any problems with them.
     
  18. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I use Abu 6000 and 6500's for all of my catfishing needs.
     
  19. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    ABU'S 6500c3 AND PENN'S209,309, AND DEPTH MASTER GOLD LINE COUNTER'S

    THE BIGGEST THING (1) YOU NEED A GOOD REEL AND THEN IT"S YOU AND YOUR ROD

    I THINK YOUR ROD HAS A LOT TO DO WITH IT

    YOU CAN CATCH A 50lb FISH ON 20lb LINE WITH A GOOD DRAG AND ROD, AND PLAY IT TO THE BOAT OR BANK :smile2:
     
  20. varmint_sniper

    varmint_sniper New Member

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    abu garcia 7000c3