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#11525187 - 04/06/16 10:58 AM What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$
Jamaica Offline
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Registered: 03/01/16
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All of our poles are Ugly Sticks for bass. Getting into cat fishing now. What's a good rod and reel combo for the money. hooked

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#11525191 - 04/06/16 11:02 AM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: Jamaica]
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I would buy better bass rods and use the ugly sticks for catfish.

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#11525208 - 04/06/16 11:11 AM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: Jamaica]
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#11525246 - 04/06/16 11:33 AM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: Huckleberry]
Jamaica Offline
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Originally Posted By: Huckleberry
I would buy better bass rods and use the ugly sticks for catfish.
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#11525330 - 04/06/16 12:07 PM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: Huckleberry]
Dave P Offline
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Originally Posted By: Huckleberry
I would buy better bass rods and use the ugly sticks for catfish.


^THIS.

Ugly Stiks and Pro Anglers are great quality and inexpensive rods.
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#11525479 - 04/06/16 01:00 PM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: Dave P]
Chiprat Offline
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Registered: 04/28/15
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Loc: Highland Village, Texas
Originally Posted By: Dave P
Originally Posted By: Huckleberry
I would buy better bass rods and use the ugly sticks for catfish.


^THIS.

Ugly Stiks and Pro Anglers are great quality and inexpensive rods.


Yep!!! The Uglier the Better... lol as well like Tom said, PA has a good product.

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#11525483 - 04/06/16 01:01 PM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: Jamaica]
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You don't need a bass rod to catch bass and a catfish rod to catch catfish and a whitebass rod to catch whitebass and a redfish rod to catch redfish.

Any number of very affordable rod/reel combos can easily handle all of the above. Your ugly sticks will do fine.

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#11525542 - 04/06/16 01:17 PM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: redchevy]
Jamaica Offline
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Loc: Shiner,Tx
Originally Posted By: redchevy
You don't need a bass rod to catch bass and a catfish rod to catch catfish and a whitebass rod to catch whitebass and a redfish rod to catch redfish.

Any number of very affordable rod/reel combos can easily handle all of the above. Your ugly sticks will do fine.
Thanks for all the shared info. I didn't realized that Ugly Stick was that much liked. But to each other. IMO

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#11525652 - 04/06/16 01:56 PM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: Jamaica]
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I like my ugly sticks catfish special 7' medium heavy...cheap, sensitive, with a strong backbone...just switched over from bass rods which have worked great for the last 30 years but cost a hell of a lot more than my ugly sticks...got mine on Amazon prime for $38 delivered in 2 days...boom!
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#11525681 - 04/06/16 02:08 PM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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Originally Posted By: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish
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^^^^^This^^^^^

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#11525894 - 04/06/16 03:43 PM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: redchevy]
Andrew Taylor Offline
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Registered: 03/01/14
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Loc: Emory, TX
Originally Posted By: redchevy
You don't need a bass rod to catch bass and a catfish rod to catch catfish and a whitebass rod to catch whitebass and a redfish rod to catch redfish.

Any number of very affordable rod/reel combos can easily handle all of the above. Your ugly sticks will do fine.
Depends on the size of the reds
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#11525926 - 04/06/16 03:53 PM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: Jamaica]
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Registered: 06/24/14
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Loc: Wise County
If you're going to be fishing for bass and channel cats this is a fairly decent affordable setup that will put both in the boat.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/abu-garcia-174-black-max-8482-cabela-s-pro-guide-174-casting-combo/2218039.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fcasting-combos%2F_%2FN-1102354%2FNo-0%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104822280%3FrecordsPerPage%3D18&No=0





If you're wanting a dedicated catfishing rig this will get you started.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/abu-garcia-174-catfish-commando-casting-combo/2171062.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fcasting-combos%2F_%2FN-1102354%2FNo-0%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104822280%3FrecordsPerPage%3D18&No=0


Edited by mreed (04/06/16 03:54 PM)
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#11526103 - 04/06/16 05:16 PM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: Jamaica]
Ingle777 Offline
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Registered: 11/19/14
Posts: 85
Loc: Fort Worth, Tx
I really like the MH 7'6" Rippin Lips Supercat rod... Bought mine for 45 bucks on Amazon.

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#11526764 - 04/06/16 10:56 PM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: Jamaica]
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What kind of Catfishing are u planning on doing? Channel or blues...makes a big difference.
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#11527271 - 04/07/16 09:46 AM Re: What's a budget friendly good cat fish pole for the $$ [Re: Jamaica]
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For channels and eater fish I use the Mitchell 300 spinner on a Berkley Shock Series Lightning rod Med with 35 lb braid.
For bigger cats I use 7.5' ugly stiks with an old Diawa millionaire and also a Bass Pro Catmax reel.
Both these reels will handle the big ones. 65 lb braid.
I also like the Penn 209 combos for trolling but don't own any right now. That is about to change as soon as my old boat is sold.
Never been a big fan of Garcia since all I have ever owned didn't last a year. Drag system failed on every one.
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