Shakespeare Arsenal or Okuma Classic Pro

Discussion in 'LOCAL OHIO TALK' started by jordange3, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. jordange3

    jordange3 New Member

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    I am getting 4 new catfish combos as a graduation present from my parents..i dont want to drain there wallets so i have narrowed it down to 2 reels..the shakespeare arsenal and the okuma classic pro..i dont know which to get..i have been told by a very famous cat fisherman in my area to get the arsenal but i just dont know..if anyone has any advice please help me..also please help me to try and decide what rods to get..thanks for all the help :big_smile:
     
  2. catfishassassin

    catfishassassin New Member

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    i bought a 30th anniv. uglystik spincasting combo for 30 bucks and have caught SEVERAL decent cats.... for such a small pole it packs a punch but is better for bass not cats which is why i went to an 8 ft ugly stik catfish baitcaster for 35 with a 30 dollar bass pro mega cast baitcaster reel and i got a 6 ft ugly stik catfish spincaster w/ reel for 40 today from bass pro, i took off the reel and put on my daiwa emcast spincaster reel (69.99) bass pro. i have seen alot of other poles for a higher price bow down to ugly stik. its americas strongest most sensitive rod. if you wanna piece together ur own combo i suggest something like my baitcaster.... total price 65 bucks. not bad at all for a sweet set up
     

  3. CatBobJimFish

    CatBobJimFish New Member

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    Personally I'm a big Okuma fan myself, but thier specialty is the mid price ranged stuff, and I can gaurantee you will find no mid-priced fishing gear that performs any better..... but when it comes to the budget priced "rod-n-reel" combos, Shakespeare is the end-all be all, any time I'm just looking for a cheap rod-n-reel, it's gonna be Shakespeare, because I know it's going to work!
     
  4. Joey6500

    Joey6500 New Member

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    Get an Abu 6000.you can find em on ebay for like $50
    And they can reel in anything a Arsenal or an Okuma can:wink:
     
  5. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    Guess what my advice would be.
     
  6. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    You could get one abu reel instead of two okumas, or the arsenal. both I consider poor baitcasting reels...
     
  7. JKrupp

    JKrupp New Member

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    I personally fish the Okuma myself paired up with the Okuma Blue Diamond rod. It's been a great combo for me
     
  8. Catmanblues

    Catmanblues New Member

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    Gotta love the Okuma
     
  9. getthenet

    getthenet New Member

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    i use arsenal ar15hd and okuma 202l reels and have not had any problems catching fish and ive caught alot of fish with these reels. only problem i have with the 6500c3 or 7000 reels are they are not sealed very good i got alot on sand and dirt and water inside them
     
  10. getthenet

    getthenet New Member

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    i would go with the asenals hd model or the okuma 202l or 302l
     
  11. flatheadsteve

    flatheadsteve New Member

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    i agree, but i am a die hard abu fan :wink:
     
  12. Catmanblues

    Catmanblues New Member

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    Ok I will guess uh uh uh maybe Okuma? Gotta love em I do.
     
  13. Colsrob

    Colsrob Active Member

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    Depending on their stock, Rogers sportinggoods has 6000B's for $49.99. Just Google the name and you should easily find it. At that price, I would take the Garcia any day.