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Rod action for small eaters #13320311 10/23/19 07:44 PM
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Attention to detail makes us better at about anything, That said, I wander if a rod with a “very soft tip” will catch more channel catfish when fishing vertical without a float?

Sometimes fish are not aggressive when eating, they just fiddle with the bait, and when they feel the slightest resistance they spit the bait. That’s what me think using a lite action rod might get me a few more bites than a medium action, or even a medium-light action rod. What has been your experience?

Would appreciate your thoughts.

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Re: Rod action for small eaters [Re: SlowDown] #13320404 10/23/19 09:36 PM
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Waiting for Stubby and Littlewheel to chime in here popcorn
I've been using a medium ugly stick. Seems to work ok.


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Re: Rod action for small eaters [Re: SlowDown] #13320408 10/23/19 09:45 PM
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I have been using medium ugly stiks and recently the Berkeley cherrywood HD from Wally World. 21.00 each. I also have some custom medium action rods built by Stubby. Here is our catch from today [Linked Image]


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Re: Rod action for small eaters [Re: SlowDown] #13320409 10/23/19 09:46 PM
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Softer tip makes all the difference. The bite has been super soft the last few weeks. Medium light is another one we use when the bite gets light. I used one today

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Re: Rod action for small eaters [Re: SlowDown] #13320433 10/23/19 10:03 PM
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Man, how's there any catfish left in your lake roflmao


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Re: Rod action for small eaters [Re: SlowDown] #13320449 10/23/19 10:24 PM
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It is all Stubby’s fault! We did throw back about 45 today.

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Re: Rod action for small eaters [Re: SlowDown] #13320465 10/23/19 10:54 PM
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I fish a 7wt fly rod for channels. About as soft as you can get.


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Re: Rod action for small eaters [Re: SlowDown] #13320604 10/24/19 01:20 AM
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Heck of a catch littlefield. Appreciate the replies. Sounds like soft tip is the ticket.

Re: Rod action for small eaters [Re: SlowDown] #13320620 10/24/19 01:38 AM
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Stubby caught more than me again.


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Re: Rod action for small eaters [Re: littlewheel] #13320762 10/24/19 04:11 AM
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Originally Posted by littlewheel
Stubby caught more than me again.

Keep trying Hopper smile smile

Re: Rod action for small eaters [Re: SlowDown] #13320778 10/24/19 04:53 AM
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Ok i admot i use an ugly stick often fishing as you describe and yes i do catch a bunch. I tewlize tge rod helps nut having Stubbys cheese in my hook is the real deal to catching a bunch of fish. I hav ed upped my lenth limit to 14 to avoid ckeaning so many 13 inch channels. I still ckean about 30 any day i go out. My family does not allow me to fish slone because of the 5 strokes so i got the issue of finding folks who like to fish to go out. Many of my retired friends rather talk fishing than go fishing. The largest key to catching fish is actually going out on the lake.

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Stubby will do that dont feel bad little. Stubby has his trained fish. They know to bite his #4 treble with his cheese on it. When i fished with stubby he would tell me to set the hook. No i did not feel or see the bite. I think Stubby must have very good eyesight which i do not have. If you watch him fish he has a serious focus. So if he is talking a d fishing he is in the zone. If there is a yoda of channel cat it would be Stubby.

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Re: Rod action for small eaters [Re: SlowDown] #13322944 10/26/19 12:08 PM
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Yoda of channel cats roflmao




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Re: Rod action for small eaters [Re: SlowDown] #13323074 10/26/19 03:05 PM
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Yes sir !


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I use a fast action rod Medium light rod.To limber a rod will not get the hook set I think .in deep water only my take .I build all my rods .



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