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Well this is a very open and probably large post here. To start I mostly fish northerns, walleyes and bass, I am interested in fishing for catfish as I remember they were a blast when i was young. Of course that was only 17 years ago or so, but i remember just using my med-light rod and mitchell reel spooled with 8pound, i had a ton of fun. My dad always had a tub of "magic goo" as i remember, justd gobbbed it onto a hook, toss her out and let it sit on the bottom and just wait. Well now its a few years later and I would like to fish again for the cats. I have mostly lighter gear by most of your standards, a couple ugly-stiks, berkley lightning rods im-6 and im-7, rapala hm-30 you know the kinds very light and sensitive, all 6'6" and in med-light to med action. my heavier rods are spooled with spyderline mono xxx in the 10 pound variety. Honestly am i better to buy a cheaper heavy rig like at fleet farm, or just play the fish and use patience and my drag wisely like when im fishin for northerns and muskie?
The second part: im not asking anyone to give away any secret technique's or hot spots, is there a good place to start? When i fished for them before it was on a lake that had everything from crappies to walleyes and cats, so if it was midday i looked fro crappies and at night it was the cats. I appreciate all responses
Shawn

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Well if you liked the Ugly Stick then, you will really love them now. Shakespeare has a new upgraded line of Ugly Stick rods for cats that offer FUJI reel seats and FUJI guides.

I would recommend the 7' M/H or H action for catfish and pike fishing. The new rods are a great deal at $38-$40 and will last you for years of hard fishing. They hit a big winner by upgrading the components! I plan to add 4-6 rods this season to my guiding rod collection, in the actions I recomended.

For reels I would recommend the ABU C-4 5600 $79 and the ABU C-5 5600C5 MAG $95. They have a $10 to $15 rebate running on them now if you hit the store soon. Great reels with smooth dependable features that handle cats or other big predators very well. The C-4 is also a very good walleye crankbait trolling or heavy crankbait casting reel. I spool it up with 10/30 FireLine for trolling rivers. Great reels at a very fair price.

Sure you can buy a cheap combo, but they will not hold up, I know that too well. Cats beat the snot out of equipment, and catfisherman do their part too. Buy quality and durability and you will be fishing better and longer, that equals more and bigger fish.

When, where, and why, well snoop around the forums a bit, read some of the posts, you will pick up a bunch of good info, then drop back with specific questions and we can try to help you out.

Hope this helps.

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well i looked at some ugly stiks tonight and the abu reels, nice stuff, probably have to wait till next paycheck to afford a left handed baitcaster.
hows the water quality in the red, any concerns of contamination, are the fish edible, or do most of you guys just catch and release?

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Another question, have any of you looked at the new EON reel from ABU Garcia? it looks and feels good. thier idea behind the linear planetary gears sounds like a smart idea. I wonder if it has the strength to handle the big ones?

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Eat smaller fish, try not to eat them 3 meals a day, evry day, and you will be fine. The best cats to eat are under 23" in my opinion. The bigger ones give ya hair balls.

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The Ugly Big Cat rods are the ticket and I would stay with the ABU C-4 or C-5 5500L CL and skip the ION. Good reel the ION, but not set up for big cat wear & tear.

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