Your Pros and Cons

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Pylodictis Olivaris, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. Pylodictis Olivaris

    Pylodictis Olivaris New Member

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    What are your pros and cons on glass rods compared to graphite rods...which do you prefer and for what reasons when it comes to your everyday catfishing.
     
  2. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Just a short answer. Glass rods are more stronger and will take a lot of abuse. The graphite rods are more sensitive and lighter. You will have to decide :wink: which you prefer.
     

  3. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I am not sure about glass rods, but I do use graphite rods and they work good for me.
     
  4. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    A good E glass rod is worth the money. I've gone to Ugly Stick Ugly Cat and Bigwater 1120's on my baitcasters. They are a composite rod, a bit on the heavy side, but the get the job done. With graphite, there are several variations of material. The higher the modulus (graphite content) the better sensitivity of the rod, but the more brittle the rod blank. For lure fishing, especially with plastics and jigs, that sensitivity is great, especially for feeling the bottom as the lure bounces along and feeling light pickups. In catfishing, the extra sensitivity is nice, but not as needed except in a few ways of fishing.
     
  5. spanishcatman

    spanishcatman New Member

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    Composite or e-glass for me everytime. I've seen WAY too many all carbon rods explode under load, especially when a big cat dives under a boat. Plus carbon is prone to impact damage from heavy contacts with rocks and boat edges...I'm a bit clumsy with tackle at times! LOL The kevlar wrapped models are better but really expensive and I can't see any advantage.
     
  6. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    depends on your local fish. Here, I dont have alot of giants just channels and bullheads, so I just grab a rod. I have 3 graphite rods and one, my big rod, is glass. I look at the action and price when I shop for a rod, nothing fancy.
     
  7. thegavel

    thegavel New Member

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    I prefer glass rods as they are more durable and in my oppinion more trustworthy, I have lost a couple big ones from graphite rods breaking under pressure.

    obviously it depends what you are fishing for, but I look at how stiff a rod is. I have both, but my glass rods are stiffer!
     
  8. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    I go with the E-glass rods as well. I don't want to have to baby them along on evey trip to keep them from getting scratched, and they will get scratched be lieve me!!!Graphite rods are nice but have no place in my catfishing arsinal. Not durable enough!!!
     
  9. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    I think the graphite rods are designed more for angles who need sensitivity to detect subtle bites. Glass rods are for power, and for me at least, that is what I need. I know when a catfish bites. I don't need sensitivity. I want some backbone when I need it for the bigger fish that pop up among the smaller ones. The price is also a consideration when on a budget.
     
  10. EricM

    EricM Active Member

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    I, too, have snapped a couple of graphite rods on big blues. I may have somehow damaged them in the past and never knew it, but I changed to Ugly Stiks and use them often and hard, and have yet to break a single one, even when I caught one in the ceiling fan (lol now, but not at the time!).