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#12257600 - 05/22/17 04:06 PM Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves?
Cole Miller Offline
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Registered: 06/07/14
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Loc: Lawton, OK
Just bought a 2004 Lowe Tahiti Sun Cruiser 194 and I plan to be fishing a lot out of it. What are some must haves for boat fishing? And also let me see some of yalls set ups for some ideas on rod holders and such
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#12257766 - 05/22/17 06:11 PM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: Cole Miller]
Txmedic033 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 4061
Loc: Longview, Tx
Bee Ready rod holders are the only must have.

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#12257892 - 05/22/17 07:34 PM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: Cole Miller]
El Gato Azul Online   content
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Registered: 01/31/16
Posts: 710
Loc: Lewisville Texas
I have both bee ready and driftmasters on mine and like both. You need 2-3 different size drift socks, a couple of Texas box anchors, 6-12 rods, a decent graph, and deep hole cast net if you plan on chaising bluecats often.


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#12259343 - 05/23/17 02:41 PM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: Cole Miller]
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Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 76
Loc: Galveston County
Drift socks and rod holders as previously mentioned are a must! I used Monster Rod Holders and they do well for me.

Moster Rod Holders - Heavey Duty 33.5

A few other things to think about:

  • Small ice chest dedicated for bait - shad are slimy
  • Cutting board and a dedicated bait knife - help keep things clean
  • Few dozen rags - I prefer the kind with carabiners so they don't blow out of the boat
  • A set of hookouts and a catfish grabber for the small ones - I've been to the ER for that...
  • Headlamps and a spotlight for night fishing
  • A good fillet knife for your catch


If you plan on running setlines like jugs or trots, that's another list of gear...
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#12259564 - 05/23/17 04:58 PM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: Cole Miller]
Bob Landry Online   content
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Registered: 08/10/11
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Your most valuable tool is going to be a box anchor. After loosing too many fluke anchors to rocky lake bottoms, I visited a welder friend and got him to build one for me. $15 worth of flat bar, an hour or so of cutting, grinding and welding, and I had a 14" box anchor. They hold on any bottom and release when you need them to.
Also, be sure you have enough rod holders for the number of rods you are going to fish. I can put five driftmasters on each side of my Seaark and have a trolling bar across the back for six more. There are some quality rod holders out there. Stay away from the plastic ones like Academy sells.
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#12259622 - 05/23/17 05:40 PM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: Cole Miller]
Littlefeather Online   content
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Registered: 11/16/15
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I'm certainly not one to be advising anyone on this question but here is where I'm at in rigging mine. I fished with numerous guides since becoming landlocked in Central Texas. I decided what I liked and what I didn't with their rigging and techniques. I can't add much more than already said but I will second the box anchor front and back. Drift socks should be on every boat, good plastic dipped net, cutting board, and a large mesh cast net. Oh, and a Helix 12 w side scan is THA BOMB. Next add will be a nice trolling motor. Now if the dang crappie would quit biting I'd go catfishing.
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#12259672 - 05/23/17 06:20 PM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: Cole Miller]
SARG Offline
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Registered: 04/01/17
Posts: 395
Loc: Texas
5# box anchor will hold a battle ship
Anchor line needs to be 3X expected depth
Horizontal distance makes a box dig in deep

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#12259681 - 05/23/17 06:25 PM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: Cole Miller]
El Gato Azul Online   content
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Registered: 01/31/16
Posts: 710
Loc: Lewisville Texas
Looks like your gettin that boat rigged up right Curtis...no doubt it'll make a fine catfishin rig if you ever quit jiggin for baitfish! Lmao. cheers
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#12259708 - 05/23/17 06:39 PM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: Cole Miller]
big10 Online   content
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Registered: 06/12/06
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Loc: Temple, Texas
The most important item on a Catfish boat in my opinion is good strong quality rod holders. These from Monster Rod Holders are the best I have found.

http://monsterrodholders.com/shop/3345-rod-holder-with-economy-base-included/
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#12259764 - 05/23/17 07:19 PM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: Cole Miller]
Littlefeather Online   content
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Registered: 11/16/15
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Loc: Brownwood, Texas
Quote:
Looks like your gettin that boat rigged up right Curtis...no doubt it'll make a fine catfishin rig if you ever quit jiggin for baitfish! Lmao. cheers


Damn my bait tastes good! Much better than the usual shad. BTW, I see you live by the " don't put that soap in my boat" rule!



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#12259806 - 05/23/17 07:48 PM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: big10]
SARG Offline
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Registered: 04/01/17
Posts: 395
Loc: Texas
Those Bee Readys aint nothing to sneeze at
MANY will attest to that,all stainless steel really means something
MRH is a new kid in the game,you need a Bee Ready fail to move to their team
That aint happening I promise

Originally Posted By: big10
The most important item on a Catfish boat in my opinion is good strong quality rod holders. These from Monster Rod Holders are the best I have found.

http://monsterrodholders.com/shop/3345-rod-holder-with-economy-base-included/

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#12259847 - 05/23/17 08:11 PM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: SARG]
big10 Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/12/06
Posts: 2781
Loc: Temple, Texas
Originally Posted By: Sarg
Those Bee Readys aint nothing to sneeze at
MANY will attest to that,all stainless steel really means something
MRH is a new kid in the game,you need a Bee Ready fail to move to their team
That aint happening I promise

Originally Posted By: big10
The most important item on a Catfish boat in my opinion is good strong quality rod holders. These from Monster Rod Holders are the best I have found.

http://monsterrodholders.com/shop/3345-rod-holder-with-economy-base-included/


The boat I'm running now had bee readys when I got it from previous owner. I tried them for about 6 months before switching to monsters. I know Bee Readys work for a lot of people, they just ain't for me.
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#12260651 - 05/24/17 10:45 AM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: Cole Miller]
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Honeybuns, beef jerky and coffee!!! roflmao roflmao roflmao fish
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#12260659 - 05/24/17 10:47 AM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: SARG]
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Originally Posted By: Sarg
5# box anchor will hold a battle ship


No it won't Sarge... roflmao roflmao roflmao peep
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#12260669 - 05/24/17 10:51 AM Re: Cat fishing boat rigs and must haves? [Re: Cole Miller]
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Oh and Bee Ready rod holders are good but you do need to add some medium strength threadlocker to the screws of the rail mounted ones or they will get you in a jam!!! roflmao roflmao roflmao thumb
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