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#11654336 - 06/08/16 11:04 AM Recommend Rods for Blue Cats
J_Howell Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/13/10
Posts: 108
I've always been a crappie fisherman and when I was much younger fished for channel cats, but I have never fished for big blues. I was wondering if you could recommend a cheap rod that would work for these. What length, action, and line weight should I seek?

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#11654379 - 06/08/16 11:18 AM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: J_Howell]
K Johnson Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/08/09
Posts: 33
Loc: Aubrey, Tx
Pro Angler rods.

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#11654399 - 06/08/16 11:23 AM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: J_Howell]
tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish Offline
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Registered: 02/06/09
Posts: 12838
Loc: highland village/lake Lewisvil...
Medium pro angler. You can feel a channelcat bite but I know they will handle numerous 60/70lb blues


Edited by tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish (06/08/16 11:24 AM)
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#11654402 - 06/08/16 11:23 AM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: J_Howell]
Minnowkiller Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 993
Loc: Alvarado, TX
Depends whether you're from the bank or a boat, bank is say an 8-10ft rod with 20-30lb mono, MH-H action. Boat I'd say 6ft rods 20-30lb mono, and M-MH Action. Pro angler makes excellent quality rods, their 10ft being my favorite. Also the ugly stick white catfish long rods make great boat rods. Quality goes up as the price goes up.
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#11654439 - 06/08/16 11:33 AM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: J_Howell]
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Registered: 01/10/09
Posts: 5636
Loc: San Antonio
Pro Angler.
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#11654535 - 06/08/16 11:59 AM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: J_Howell]
J_Howell Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/13/10
Posts: 108
I have a boat and also fish from the bank/dock at times. I'll check out the Pro Angler Rods. Thank you for the input!

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#11654607 - 06/08/16 12:24 PM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: J_Howell]
El Gato Azul Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/31/16
Posts: 642
Loc: Lewisville Texas
7' ugly stick catfish special in MH...love love love that white ugly stick against green water...helps you see rod bouncing out of the corner of your eye..Amazon $40 is cheap
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#11654609 - 06/08/16 12:25 PM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: J_Howell]
Mckinneycrappiecatcher Offline
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Registered: 12/20/10
Posts: 3346
Loc: mckinney, tx
I've never had a problem with just a plain medium or medium heavy action 7' ugly stick for any and all cat fishing. Friend wrestled in a 48lb flatty last year with a medium light action ugly stick with a cheap reel on it. Ugly sticks are effective and cheap.
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#11654621 - 06/08/16 12:32 PM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: J_Howell]
El Gato Azul Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/31/16
Posts: 642
Loc: Lewisville Texas
I caught a 150 lb shark down at Galveston last summer on my ugly stick catfish special ..it can definitely handle big fish
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#11654666 - 06/08/16 12:45 PM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: J_Howell]
Fishin' Nut Offline
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Registered: 03/14/03
Posts: 5885
Loc: Huntsville, AL
I had two Pro Anglers (until they were permanently borrowed). I replaced them with Ugly Sticks and never regretted it. With 50lb braid, I have yet to break one.
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#11654697 - 06/08/16 12:55 PM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: J_Howell]
BigPoppa007 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/06/14
Posts: 1602
Loc: Burleson, Tx.
ProAngler. MeatHunter. Ugly Stick. Cabelas Whupping Stick.Cabelas King Kat. RippinLips SuperCat (Academy). 7-8' MH. 20 lb mono or 50-65 lb Braid. 40 lb mono leaders. 4/0- 10/0 circle hooks.


Edited by BigPoppa007 (06/08/16 12:58 PM)

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#11654713 - 06/08/16 01:01 PM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: J_Howell]
BigPoppa007 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/06/14
Posts: 1602
Loc: Burleson, Tx.
If you use Baitcasters the cheapest decent rod is Tournament Choice Yellow at Academy for $16. 7' MH
These were real popular a few years ago. I just noticed a few at Burleson Academy again the other day.

I like Spinning Reels and prefer ProAngler ($45) and MeatHunter Rods ($24.95) but the RippinLips looks good for $39.99.

http://www.rfsportsinc.com/store/store_product_detail.cfm?Product_ID=4&Category_ID=1


Edited by BigPoppa007 (06/08/16 01:05 PM)

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#11654829 - 06/08/16 01:40 PM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: El Gato Azul]
lowew79 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/05/11
Posts: 1546
Loc: Alvarado, Johnson County
Originally Posted By: Cree
7' ugly stick catfish special in MH...love love love that white ugly stick against green water...helps you see rod bouncing out of the corner of your eye..Amazon $40 is cheap


+1, match it with a Abu Garcia 6xxx series reel and some Team Catfish monofilament. That my setup.
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#11655021 - 06/08/16 02:56 PM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: lowew79]
TCK73 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/26/15
Posts: 2732
Loc: Jack County
Pro Angler thumb

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#11655473 - 06/08/16 06:30 PM Re: Recommend Rods for Blue Cats [Re: J_Howell]
JasonB23 Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/26/16
Posts: 270
Loc: Garland Tx
Pro Angler and Whisker Seeker are hands down the 2 best cat rods for the money.

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