Post by CatfishHunter on Jul 23, 2013 0:45:35 GMT -5
So, I've been doing some research and I've narrowed my options but am still open to new ideas. I'll be doing my fishing mostly on the banks of the Missouri River The reels are in no particular order. 1. Abu Garcia Alphamar 16 2. Abu Garcia Record 3. Omoto Wavecaster 7000 (whichever model is best) 4. Abu Garcia 6500 c3 5. (Any recommendation) As for the rod, I'm thinking a 9' Ugly stik. But that's also open for suggestions but I'm trying not to spend very much money. My max on the reel price is about $175. Im going to be using 80-100 lb braid unless someone has a better option. Any info or suggestions would be helpful.
Post by banksidebandit on Jul 23, 2013 5:42:30 GMT -5
I like the Records and C3s are always a solid reel for the money. It depends on the average size of the fish you catch. Where I do most of my fishing I don't need the biggest reels. I don't have any experience with any of the other reels you mentioned. From the bank you will need something that can cast well. Records are about $160 I think.
Cant go wrong with abus. My advice is to look at the line capacity. The c3s and records may not let you run enough heavy mono for the big cats. You may wanna look at the bigget sized alphamars or the 7000s.
As for rod id say a medium heavy to heavy power is needed. Id personally go with a fast action. I like a little bend in the tip of my rod. It helps when running circle hooks.
There are many different ugly sticks and therefore many different types of power. A medium heavy catfish series ugly stick wont have near the power of a ugly stick custom in medium heavy. My advice on rods is to pick one up and play with it before you buy it.
My flathead set ups are abu 7000s and quantum big cat rods. My dream flathead set up would be an ugly stick custom and an alphamar....simply for the higher drag. With that set up you would be able to turn anything in freshwater.
Post by CatfishHunter on Jul 23, 2013 6:41:42 GMT -5
Well I will be in the Missouri and I've heard guys say they've had cats pick up the line and swim upstream until they run out of line and snap it. So I should probably be prepared for the biggest and expect decent sized. Thanks for your input. I was just wondering which would be best. I've heard good and bad about all of the reels. Thank you both!
My choice would be one of my current flathead setups. The Penn Fathom, in whatever size meets your line capacity requirements. Mount that on a Bottom Dwellers Takedown rod, currently out of stock I believe. This rod is great. The tip is light enough for the smallest cats, but the backbone is incredible. Wonderfully finished too in camo with gunsmoke guides without inserts, and a great aluminum reel seat. If the length matches up with your needs, I can't recommend another rod unless you can't swing the cost, or you want to spend more on a custom rod. It's simply the best cat rod I have ever used, or seen under $100. As for the Penn Fathom, it's my favorite cat reel period. Only other option I might consider is an Avet lever drag if having what basically amounts to an adjustable clicker is something you need.