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#1157868 - 01/31/09 10:09 PM Looking for striper/catfish setup
6 Point

Registered: 11/22/07
Posts: 968
Loc: TN

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?

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#1158089 - 02/01/09 08:56 AM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: ]
8 Point

Registered: 10/21/04
Posts: 1310
Loc: Oak Ridge, TN

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.
#1158091 - 02/01/09 09:03 AM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: buckmoss1]
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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 25532
Loc: Wilson Co/Perry Co

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#1158230 - 02/01/09 11:39 AM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: Football Hunter]
18 Point

Registered: 03/12/99
Posts: 21346
Loc: lenoir city,tn

i use a 10 ft. medium action surf rod bought at the beach for $60.
experienced hunters know its not just a bushy white tail, its a big middle finger.

nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught

#1158264 - 02/01/09 12:08 PM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: stik]
6 Point

Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 705
Loc: Bellevue

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]
6 Point

Registered: 11/22/07
Posts: 968
Loc: TN

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]
10 Point

Registered: 11/11/08
Posts: 3110
Loc: East TN

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: ]
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12 Point

Registered: 09/03/08
Posts: 7304
Loc: Winchester, TN

 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

#1160532 - 02/02/09 05:25 PM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: Baxter83]
8 Point

Registered: 08/16/06
Posts: 1416
Loc: Oneida, Gods Country

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.
#1160617 - 02/02/09 06:32 PM Re: Looking for striper/catfish setup [Re: dmitchell28]
4 Point

Registered: 10/17/04
Posts: 127
Loc: Cedar Grove, Carroll, Co

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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