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  • As a pretty new fisher would this pole be decent for catfish? It’s pre spooled with 20lb mono but I might put 25-30 on it if I buy. Insight highly appreciated

     Charles updated 1 month ago 2 Members · 11 Posts
  • Charles

    Member
    September 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    As a pretty new fisher would this pole be decent for catfish? It’s pre spooled with 20lb mono but I might put 25-30 on it if I buy. Insight highly appreciated

  • Marblemuffin53

    Guest
    September 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    If you are going after big 30# and up cats then sure. If we are talking pond and lake catfish a medium action will work just fine and it’s way more versatile.

    When i fish the river where there are bigger fish and more snags i will use a medium heavy rod.

    It’s definitely worth learning to use a spinning reel. They will outlast spincast reels and are just more reliable.

  • kornhook123

    Guest
    September 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    I haven’t fished with Zebco for years. I always thought those reels sucked, but then again things have changed over the years. I just remember the line used to blow up in the reels and just create a huge mess. I’m a huge fan of open faced reels myself. I have a Shamano reel.

  • cmonster556

    Guest
    September 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Don’t look at me, I use a fly rod. 😁

    I never liked spincast reels. Little capacity, hard to untangle line, generally pretty cheaply made.

    A quality spinning reel might last you a lifetime tho. And I have ambassadeur reels my grandfather used long before I was born. For big cats I would be using a level-wind.

    The ones I have around here my fly rod works just fine.

    Good luck with whatever you fish.

  • Ok_Union1929

    Guest
    September 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Buy it give it a couple fishing trips and if you need to up the pounds then go for it, 20 should be good to start out though

  • Substantial_Ad9666

    Guest
    September 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    It’ll work great. My son just caught a 12 pound channel cat on his little kiddie pole that I’m pretty sure has 10 lb test and it worked just fine

  • MaxSack

    Guest
    September 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    I’ll be honest, used to use Zebco reels many years ago as a kid. They were solid and would haul in just about anything.

    Once they became nearly, if not completely solid plastic, they changed the mech that spools the line and I noticed a MASSIVE up-tick in backlash, line fraying and breakage (even with smaller fish and smaller diameter line) I initially switched to open-face reels and eventually baitcasters (still not without issues) and the open-face reels (especially ones with REAR drag adjustment) work so much better on larger species like carp, catfish and riverrun salmon too. Plus they really cast much further.

  • samsquanchforhire

    Guest
    September 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    I know guys who fish a few times a month with quantum optix reels from wal mart and so far they love them. Just would have to get a rod to match. You can get Berkeley catfish or big game rods at wal mart just make sure you get a spinning rod if you get a spinning reel. Altogether probably 60 to 80 bucks but you’ll be set up.

  • Bgone1

    Guest
    September 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    I would suggest getting a spinning reel over a spin cast

  • Lakerun27

    Guest
    September 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    It whines work fine, but I much prefer spinning reels over spin casters.

  • ColorBlindGuy27

    Guest
    September 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Please don’t burden yourself with a closed reel. Baitcatser or open/spinning reel.

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