How to Pick The Right Catfish Pole for You

Size of Catfish – Those who are just going out to get a few catfish for the evening meal do not really need an expensive and sturdy rod and reel combination.  Again, a cane pole is going to work just fine for this type of fishing.  Even a small rod and reel combination that does not cost much is going to work in this situation.

On the other hand, if you are planning on going out for some trophy cats, then a small set up is not going to be very effective.  You may find you have hooked a large catfish just to have your rod snap on your or have your reel jam up when you set the drag.  You can end up losing your catfish and your rod and reel in one fell swoop. Instead, get a really sturdy and stable set up that is going to be strong enough to handle the weight of the larger catfish.  You are going to spend a bit more for these but the cost is going to be worth it.

Frequency – Finally, you need to know how much fishing you are actually going to be doing during the catfish season.  If you are only going to go out once in a while, you are not going to want to spend a good deal of money on an expensive rod and reel.  If you plan on being out fishing every weekend, you are going to want to purchase a combination that is going to hold up to the type of use.  A cheap cane pole is not going to last as long as some of the other types of poles.  After taking into account the above issues, the amount of time you are going to spend fishing is really going to be the deciding factor when purchasing the right catfish pole for you

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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