I have been eyeing new catfish poles. How do I pick the right one?

I have been eyeing new catfish poles, how do I pick the right one?

The best pole is going to be the one that feels good when you hold it. It should be heavy enough to handle the fight of the catfish, but light enough for a good hold. I have always wondered how the old timers handled a cane pole with some of those big fish, but they caught the fish and never used a special weight or special reel. When I choose a rod, I look for one that I feel comfortable holding and casting. Stand in the store and practice casting the empty rod. If you feel the distance, I would say that would be the rod. If you feel that the hold that you have is weak, I would try a different rod. When catfish bite, you are going to know. It is not like some other fish that are light biters. The cats are aggressive biters and no matter what rod you have, you should be able to feel the bite. Concentrate on the feel and casting more so than the rod itself. Choose a good reel to go with the rod so that when you do have a bite, you can play the fish until you bring it into the boat. There are rods labeled for fishing certain species, or are recommended, but I think the rod and reel together will make a good combination for catfishing. Look at the graphite rods about six feet long for a starting point. I would not go smaller in length, but maybe try long rods.


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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