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what brand reel do you like for catfishing?

Postby crab » Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:03 pm

What is your favorite catfish reel brand,I like Garcia all the way. I have 2 6600-C4 reels a 6000 and Im gonna pick up a rcn60hc soo as I get the 150.00 bucks it cost lol. I gotta keep the wife from seeing it,cause I have to mush gear as it is. I have the Garcias on 2 cat maxx rods and a Berkley glow stick. Im looking into getting a custome rod for the 60hc. Let me know your favorite gear!
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Re: what brand reel do you like for catfishing?

Postby RACN35 » Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:15 am

where do you live- what kind of cats are you fishing for- how big are they ?

I have severak Abu's just setting on a shelf, 5000, 5500- CT 6500....7500....ALL WITH BURNT OUT DRAGS FROM THE CATFISH I CATCH.....

Now all my Abu's are woth nothing but used to catch bait with, in the surf of the ocean....
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Re: what brand reel do you like for catfishing?

Postby crab » Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:23 pm

My biggest fish are a 30lb flathead and 40lb blue,do your garcias have the new carbon matrix drag? Im no trophy catfish catcher but Ive not had any problems with my reels. You can upgrade the drag in your reels but you probably know that. I fish the Ohio and a few paylakes is where I fish and im from Ironton Ohio but I dont see why that matters. So what reels do you use? That was my question anyway.
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Re: what brand reel do you like for catfishing?

Postby allingeneral » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:46 am

crab, don't let Jamie fool ya... he doesn't even use a reel!! I know I saw a picture of Jamie "swimming with the fishes" around here a few months back...where did that noodle-head photo go, Jamie?
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Re: what brand reel do you like for catfishing?

Postby crab » Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:11 pm

lol I would like to see that! You wouldnt get me to stick my hand in a hole in the bank,to many snakes and snapping turtles.
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Re: what brand reel do you like for catfishing?

Postby RACN35 » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:14 am

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Re: what brand reel do you like for catfishing?

Postby crab » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:24 am

Wow Those are cool pics thanks for sharing! You got guts bro is all I can say,I dont think I could bring myself to do that but it looks like fun!
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Re: what brand reel do you like for catfishing?

Postby RACN35 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:22 am

it was nerver racking for sure and cant say as i will do it again.....it was a blast tho

BACK TO YOUR QUESTION:::: I cant answer it to well cause I have 188 combos in my garage and fish both freshwater and saltwater weekly.....

A friend of mine uses nothing but spinning gear for cats in the James river- Shimano 6500 BaitRunner

My favorite is a Shimano Calcutta 400s bait caster ( NO level wind )
I love my Okuma AV-40 BaitRunner I got right here from RICK at AIG
I have caught a 45 pounder while crappie fishing on very light tackle as well....
I just got a Penn Mag 525 for a new catfish reel-
100's of guys from mastercatters & Katmasters use those abu's .....
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Re: what brand reel do you like for catfishing?

Postby crab » Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:58 am

thanks for the reply. Alot of guys I know use the Abus and like em,Heck my wife uses a zebco808 and Ive seen her pull in 30 plus pound flat heads on it lol.
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Re: what brand reel do you like for catfishing?

Postby allingeneral » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:24 pm

Ok...so - Two things...

1) I don't care what kind of reel I use as long as it does the job. :fishin:

2) Jamie's balls are much bigger than mine. I wouldn't ever - EVER even attempt to yank a catfish out of a hole with my hands like that. Very nicely done Jamie! :thumbsup:
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Re: what brand reel do you like for catfishing?

Postby crab » Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:24 am

You got that right Rick!
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