Spare the Rod……and Lose the Fish!

When you get ready to get a catfish rod, consider these questions before making a selection:

 Will you be fishing mostly for Channel Catfish, or Larger Blues and Flatheads? Channel Cats hit lighter, requiring a lighter action rod.

 Will you be fishing from shore or a boat? You will want a longer rod for shore fishing. Longer rods help in two ways. They give you extra casting distance, and more leverage for powering fish where you want them to go.

 Will you be fishing slow water of fast water below dam tail races? The fast water below tail races requires the toughest, longest rods you can get.

 Will you be using a bait casting, spinning or spincast reel? Except for the very smallest catfish, I would recommend using only a round baitcasting reel like the Ambassaduer Series, or the ones made by Penn. They are the only ones strong enough, with enough line to handle large, irate fish.

Rods used for catfish are going to take a lot of abuse. They will get caked with catfish, blood, fish slime, stink-bait, shad slime, and a host of other nasty things. They will be subjected to great stress levels and pressure, especially the guides and reel seat, so get the best rods you can afford. And remember, more money does not always mean more rod, or better!

Happy Fishing!

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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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