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Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by PTDixieGal, Aug 13, 2008.
What kind of reel do you prefer for catfishing?
I'm more likely to use the baitcasting or spincasting reels when I'm trying to go deep for catfish. I also have one spinning reel, but I usually use that to fish for baitfish like bream or crappie.
I got bait-casters only:tounge_out: shimano 400's, abu 6500's, 6600's, 7000's, 7000 c-3's, 7700sx,.....all are good reels!!!
I'm mostly on smaller water up here, most places I fish I can put a half oz sinker onto the far bank if I really wanted to. Thats with light/medium spinning gear, 6-7' rods,12 - 20 lb spectra braid.
Spinning gear is so simple my 2 fishing partners (both 50+ ladys with health issues) learned to use it first time out. And both have landed fish in the 5+ range in the first 2 weeks they had their rods. Love to listen to my wife casually cast her line up & out, shsswing, plop as it lands 3/4 of the way across the river.
Match your gear to the size fish you can reasonably expect to catch most often.
If thats 1 -20lbers, then spinning gear can be expected to do fine.
If thats 20-60lbers, then you might be better off looking at big gear that can handle the load.
I use both ...spinning reels and baitcasters. I can cast my spinning reels further and sometimes enjoy not backlashing. However I do enjoy the clickers and free spools of the bait-casters. My newest spinning reel from Okuma has an auto bait feeder and can hold 520 yards of 20 lb line.....I think this is my favorite reel now.:big_smile:
I dislike heavy tackle. Quality baitcasters like Abu 6500/5500 series have more fish catching horsepower per ounce than anything else out there.
I do fish with light spinners quite a bit, too, though.
<Quality baitcasters like Abu 6500/5500 series have more fish catching horsepower per ounce than anything else out there.>
Spoken like a man who's had much experience! You da man!
BB in SC
I have to agree with Bill on matching your gear to the size fish you can reasonably expect to catch. In smaller waters I like smaller spinning gear but in the Ohio River I prefer baitcast due to the fact it gives me more cranking power in case I need it. Don't get me wrong though, I have used big spinning gear in the Ohio and never had a problem so with me it is just personal preference. The key here is what Bill said, match your gear to the fish expected...the end result is increased fun when fishing...
I have both but prefer the ABU 7000c3.
I am a Spinning reel person by choice! I do and will continue to use Baitcasters as well, but will grab a Spinning reel FIRST! The question of Cranking Power is not a factor for me and the ability to move a fish from a location with either is of little consequence. I will fish with any reel that I happen to put my hands on, but I ENJOY the options that Spinning reels provide more! JMHO!!!!!!!!
I like baitcasters best. I use abu 6500c3's
I'm probably the only person in the world that can birdnest a spinning reel. I've even managed to throw a half hitch around one of the line guides in the middle of a cast oooh: so it's baitcasters for me.
I like my Penn's in heavy wood , I like my ABU'S 6500c3 and 7000c3 pro rockets in deep holes and slip corks and some times I'll use spinner's on slip corks and bait fishing and I will use my depth masters line counters in stright down fishing. In all I own 42 comb's so it's a choice of where i'm going to what i use
Baitcasters work the best for me.
I own all types of reels, but prefer the baitcasters. Been using them since I was 9 years old. I use spinning reels and spincasters for catching small fish like bluegills and skipjack.
I started out as a kid ( as most of us do :smile2: except for BG oooh: ) using a zebco 202 then graduated to a zebco 33. I made the mistake of buying a spinning reel and tried to use it for catfishing. I used it twice and through it in the riveroooh:. I switched to baitcasters and have never looked back. Some people still swear by their spinning reels but to this day I still can't throw one.
I like my Penn baitcasters, but I always bring my Baitrunner/Ugly Stik combo with me when catfishing... so I guess it's "mostly" baitcasters...
Usually, my rod/reel of choice is my Shakespeare Tiger Spincasting rod/Zebco 808 Magnum. However, the Zebbie was giving me trouble when I went fishing Tuesday so I set that combo aside and switched to my Quantum Rhino/Shakespeare Synergy 20 (my spincasting reel). I was in an area that had a lot of oak trees around and I was trying to fish off the bank. Since there was a lot of trees around I decided to try something. I thought, "What would happen if I cast sideways, like you do when you use a spinning reel?" Result: NO PROBLEM WITH THE TREES!
lmao :smile2:I would of loved to seen that done:roll_eyes:
I fish with both spincast and baitcast. I prefer the baitcasters and own 4 now. I just bought a Penn 309. Didn't like it at first but it is growing on me now. It's built like a battle tank. Can't wait to try it out at the river. My Abu is smooth as silk and cast like a dream when I need a long cast. The Penn doesn't do bad. I'm sure it will get better with more use.