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#1157868 - 01/31/09 10:09 PM Looking for striper/catfish setup
TNhuntin93
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Hey folks, Ive been looking for quite some time at a setup I could use for striper and cats. I will be catfishing alot this summer so Im not in a rush to buy. Im trying to stay relatively low as far as price, not really wanting to spend over $150 but I do want something reliable. I like the Abu Garcia reels and as far as rods go I like the CatMaxx by Bass Pro. What do you guys have to say about these? Any advice or suggestions?

Thanks
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#1158089 - 02/01/09 08:56 AM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: ]
buckmoss1
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6500 c3 or c4 can not be beat. You will need the baitrunner they offer. They are rugged reels and will last forever. As far as rods I'll let someone else suggest a brand. I do prefer a longer rod for striper. I use 6'6" rods, I prefer the extra leverage provided with the longer rod.
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#1158091 - 02/01/09 09:03 AM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: buckmoss1]
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#1158230 - 02/01/09 11:39 AM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: Football Hunter]
stik
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i use a 10 ft. medium action surf rod bought at the beach for $60.
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#1158264 - 02/01/09 12:08 PM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: stik]
go_okfishin
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Ditto ABU Garcia 6500 (the blue ones) I also use a 10 foot Tica surf road.
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#1158353 - 02/01/09 02:15 PM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: go_okfishin]
TNhuntin93
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Appreciate the help so far guys, I will most likely buy a c3 or c4 reel, just havent made my mind yet.
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#1159393 - 02/02/09 10:17 AM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: TNhuntin93]
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Got an Abu 6000 on classifieds. check it out.
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#1159395 - 02/02/09 10:19 AM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: ]
Baxter83
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 Originally Posted By: timeless
I use Abu Garcia 6500 C3's mounted on Ugly Stick Tiger rods. They do well and if I recall correctly, they'll be within your budget.


This here is a perfect setup for stripers. ;\) IMO

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#1160532 - 02/02/09 05:25 PM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: Baxter83]
dmitchell28
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My grandfather fished rock fish for ever and years, and him and my great uncle fished in many tournaments all over the south. All he swore by was a abu garcia with a 7 ft rod. Never take a spinning reel with him. He always said dont take a toothpick to a swoard fight!! lol miss the old man.
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#1160617 - 02/02/09 06:32 PM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: dmitchell28]
jimbobfish
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I use two different setups for the two. For cats I found some decient Abu reels (6500 I think, red w/baitrunner) mounted on a Berkley Lighting rod, heavy weight at Walmart for $60.

For Stiper I found three Okuma 45's with line counter on ebay for +/-$30. The LC really works great getting BACK to the depth the fish are running and also keeping you from hangups in riprap. My wifes LOVE them. I tell her what to let the line down to and she takes care of herself, until she catches one, HAHA. I was leary thinking they wouldnt hold up but thru three season the still work GOOD. I found some of the Lighting rods above for these at Wally for $30.
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#1161768 - 02/03/09 10:57 AM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: jimbobfish]
garry
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I bank fish for rock fish and I use an 8.5' medium heavy browning rod with a size 30 quantum spinning reel spooled with 20lb. fireline. It works great for long casts with heavy sinkers and still have line left for a fight.
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#1162971 - 02/03/09 10:24 PM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: garry]
TNhuntin93
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Thanks folks, keep em coming.
Im pretty set on the c3 now, I dont know if I need the higher speed of the c4 or do I??
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#1163190 - 02/04/09 06:59 AM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: TNhuntin93]
go_okfishin
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Depends , I like to fish for big stripers with a topwater. You are doing a lot of sight casting. So if you make a bad cast you can get your lure in quicker and get ready for another cast.
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#1163245 - 02/04/09 07:25 AM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: TNhuntin93]
Baxter83
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Whatever you get you'd better be ready soon. It's just a matter of weeks now. ;\)
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