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#10929483 - 06/19/15 10:36 PM Rod and reel for catfish
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Green Horn

Registered: 03/21/12
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Loc: Cleburne
Let me know what you use and what a kid might use. Length line weight ect.


Edited by marced (06/19/15 10:44 PM)

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#10929675 - 06/20/15 05:45 AM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: marced]
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Registered: 05/19/09
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Loc: East Texas
I use a Zebco Omega Pro on a allstar 6.5 MH rod, with 12# Cajun Red line. They are perfect for a Kid to an adult
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#10929717 - 06/20/15 07:15 AM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: marced]
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Registered: 05/28/14
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I got my nephew a 6'6" MH All-Star Classic spinning rod and Mitchell 300 reel with 12lb Berkley Big Game and he's been tearing them up all year.

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#10929923 - 06/20/15 10:18 AM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: marced]
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Closed faced reels are a pain, I always try to get a kid to use a simple spinning reel and rod. I prefer to use a 20# to 30# braid depending on the size of the reel/spool as it gives great abrasion resistance and since there is no stretch in the line, a late hook set or a weak hookset will be enough to set the hook.

Depending on the age, I try to keep rod length short so that they can cast for themselves without needing a lot of room to avoid hitting others with the rod. When it comes to cat fishing, you do not have to go expensive on the set up.
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#10930070 - 06/20/15 12:20 PM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: Capt Craig]
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Green Horn

Registered: 03/21/12
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Loc: Cleburne
Thx for the info.

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#10930471 - 06/20/15 06:27 PM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: marced]
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#1 braid spinning reels
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#10930497 - 06/20/15 06:46 PM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: marced]
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Registered: 04/04/11
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Loc: Plano, TX
channels? blues? bank? boat?

different answers for all...

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#10930532 - 06/20/15 07:17 PM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: marced]
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Registered: 10/02/13
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Loc: Dallas, TX
Got a few bass pro cat busters. 8' mh with 30# power pro. Like those ok but theyre overkill for 3-4# channels. For them I have an old 7' Mitchell spinning combo with 30# braid, think i picked it up for $25 10 years ago. For a kid, something like that would be just fine. Head in to Academy and look around. Wont take ya long to find what youre lookin for

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#10930601 - 06/20/15 07:54 PM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: marced]
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Start him out with a zebco 33.
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#10930692 - 06/20/15 08:52 PM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: marced]
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Wally world Shakespeare Durango $10 15-20# braid, which ever rod they can handle(longer the better). Ive used these reels over 10 yrs never one problem best channel cat reel there is in my opinion
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#10930802 - 06/20/15 10:17 PM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: opus]
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Green Horn

Registered: 03/21/12
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Loc: Cleburne
More info we are in a boat. The reel is a 33 with 10 lb line on a 5 1/2 foot rod. I dont think i have enough rod from what you guys are saying. We are usually fishing live shad under a slip cork. I have been wanting to go to an open faced rod for him but dont want the frustration yet.

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#10930811 - 06/20/15 10:26 PM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: marced]
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Put him a 5gal bucket in the yard tell him youll take him fishin when he can hit the bucket 4 out of 5 tries from about 20 ft worked for mine. Whole lot easier on land,underhand pitch easist to learn
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#10931399 - 06/21/15 11:56 AM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: marced]
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The Zebco 33 has been around forever, but is not a great reel. When you wind the handle, the line must catch on one of two pins and then wind on the spool. Teaching a kid to use a true spinning reel will carry him much farther much faster when fishing.
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#10931769 - 06/21/15 05:36 PM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: marced]
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Green Horn

Registered: 03/21/12
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Loc: Cleburne
Got a 6.5 foot MH rod with a spinning reel. I bet we can get them in with that.

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#10934287 - 06/23/15 02:14 AM Re: Rod and reel for catfish [Re: marced]
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Registered: 04/21/12
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Loc: Denton County
I use 7' medium-heavy ugly sticks with Abu Garcia reels. Don't know the model but they are light blue and hold the most line. I use 30lb mono main line and 50lb mono leaders. I fish for bigger fish but the heavier line works for the small cats too. For a kid, 5-6 foot rod with a spinning reel. 20lb main line for cats.
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