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Old 07-31-2021, 05:55 PM   #1
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My brother just got a pontoon boat and we are planning to do a lot of cat fishing out of it. Iím an inshore guy and never had really targeted cats I know my inshore stuff will handle a lot of the size we will catch but what about the big guys?
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Old 07-31-2021, 06:07 PM   #2
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Okuma Komodos SS 300s
Tranx 300s
Abu 7000s
I have a couple of the Komodo 400s and they are too much real imo.
I prefer the LPS to the old school round.
Okuma & Diawa are the only people building LPs with a bait alert, that I'm aware of.
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Old 07-31-2021, 06:08 PM   #3
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I like Abu Garcia 5500or similar.
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Old 07-31-2021, 06:16 PM   #4
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ABU 7000 Series - you ain't fishing 9,000ft of water, release and follow if it goes there - same game inshore with redfish or drum on this class oft tackle - working up to 80lb fish - any species with the bottom - this reel setup is well known - to cover inshore fresh/salt with the right drag/gears to seal the deal.

Many use them - level wind with a cast control system - you can under arm cast 7 - 10 ft long catfish rods - in a spread - like surf fishing for redfish. Quick release on your anchor on the big fish, so you can reel the spread in, drift and cover to the net - that fat btard!

Same reel, 12 to 14 ft surf rod, bull reds and big uglies - up to the world record class weights (100 lb class) with an angler, who can work within 300 yards of braid limitation with a 15lb class drag = money

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Old 07-31-2021, 06:21 PM   #5
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AVET MXL single speed - magnets - is mine

Kingfish - tarpon - redfish and fat whisker kitties = with cast control / SON

ABU Frame is not anywhere near this setup and - it can roll with Mahi up to 50lbs on a 40 mph - jump and jump and jump 250 yard kind of fight, rig. The drag and pickup retrieve speed is balanced for torque. It doesn't shift gears as a single speed but, it will out fight an ABU 7000 with a solid aluminum frame/spool, to deal with everything up to 140 lbs with 600 yards of 50lb quality braid with a mono or flouro top shot.

The top shot changes from lake - small 20 lb leaders to offshore with 50 to 80 lb leaders - custom wind on leaders with bimini twist connections between change outs.

That braid setup can last years - with simple leader changes and it can cast over 100 yards on a tuned surf rod, for bull reds, red snapper, and bottom fishing structure that need a near winch type drag, for more fishing application options.

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Old 07-31-2021, 06:28 PM   #6
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For catfishing i like the Garcia 5000.
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Old 07-31-2021, 06:30 PM   #7
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Smaller setups. Slip rigs/floats/stink bait - Abu 5500’s
Larger fish/live bait. Abu 6500-7000’s
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Old 07-31-2021, 10:19 PM   #8
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I was thinking something along the abu 6500-7000 series I guess y’all answered my questions. Thanks
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Old 07-31-2021, 10:32 PM   #9
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Zebco 33
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Old 07-31-2021, 10:43 PM   #10
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at least use an 888.

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Old 08-01-2021, 03:49 AM   #11
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I was thinking something along the abu 6500-7000 series I guess yíall answered my questions. Thanks
Good thing about it, you can find the good Sweden made models on eBay all day long.
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Old 08-01-2021, 06:40 AM   #12
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Those big Calcutta's would be perfect for big cat's,and double for saltwater..
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Old 08-01-2021, 08:06 AM   #13
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I catch catfish with the same equipment I catch trout and redfish on. I might use a little heavier rod, but for the most part I use the same reels.


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Old 08-01-2021, 08:12 AM   #14
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PVC with pool noodle on one end and some nylon string has caught my biggest ones. And works about every time
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Old 08-01-2021, 08:22 AM   #15
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Abu 7000 for me
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Old 08-01-2021, 08:24 AM   #16
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PVC with pool noodle on one end and some nylon string has caught my biggest ones. And works about every time
Honestly thatís the only way I can catch them. Iíve hardly ever caught them on rod and reel. We are going to try and break the ice for my nephew on catfish then move him to the salt...
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Old 08-01-2021, 08:26 AM   #17
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I catch catfish with the same equipment I catch trout and redfish on. I might use a little heavier rod, but for the most part I use the same reels.


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I would normally agree with you, Iím looking for a few setups to handle 30+ lbs fish.
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Old 08-01-2021, 08:55 AM   #18
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Abu 6500 will do the same job as a 7000 but weights less and a little cheaper
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Old 08-01-2021, 09:01 AM   #19
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I've caught them to 23 lbs on a 5500. Imo anything over 6500 is over kill. We always used 7000s for kings under shrimp boats

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Old 08-01-2021, 09:12 AM   #20
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The combos I use for set ups and drifting for cats/stripers are pretty basic. I use the blue abu 5600's with clickers (usually 20lb line) and have had great luck with the cheap BPS flipping sticks in a heavy action. The rods collapse down into the handle and are easier to transport and are soft enough on the top end to use circle hooks. They extend to 7' or 7'6 or so. If in cover I up size my line. I also like to have a medium heavy spinning rod handy with a slip bobber rig on it for schooling channels and stuff like that.

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Old 08-01-2021, 11:14 AM   #21
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Anything you have laying around

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Old 08-01-2021, 11:22 AM   #22
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Abu 6500, 7000 or 7500. All have a clicker and are top notch reels.
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Old 08-01-2021, 12:13 PM   #23
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I have a couple of these KastKing reels. Very well made, smooth and will cast a mile with 25lb mono. https://www.amazon.com/KastKing-Rove...64497522&psc=1
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100 lbs test wrapped around a Calcutta cane pole
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Old 08-01-2021, 12:33 PM   #25
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You canít go wrong with a old Abu. Although about 6months ago I switched over to Lewís LXLC60 reels. They can be bought on Amazon for under $70 and are very smooth and have done a excellent job bringing in some very big cats!
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You canít go wrong with a old Abu. Although about 6months ago I switched over to Lewís LXLC60 reels. They can be bought on Amazon for under $70 and are very smooth and have done a excellent job bringing in some very big cats!
That Ande is sho nuff some good stuff
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Old 08-01-2021, 02:52 PM   #27
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ABU 6000 series reels with 25lb. big game for big catfish 10-50lbs. Anything goes for small ones.
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Old 08-01-2021, 03:03 PM   #28
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You canít go wrong with a old Abu. Although about 6months ago I switched over to Lewís LXLC60 reels. They can be bought on Amazon for under $70 and are very smooth and have done a excellent job bringing in some very big cats!
I was looking at the lews glad you like them, that might just make me pull the trigger.
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Old 08-01-2021, 03:05 PM   #29
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Surprised no one has said this yet. Zebco!!
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Old 08-01-2021, 03:14 PM   #30
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Post 9 & 10, love those 888’s ����
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Old 08-01-2021, 05:20 PM   #31
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Shimano tekotas…., they’re a trolling reel but work great for drifting. 24 pounds of drag and 38” a Turn on retrieve. If you’re going to anchor and cast Garcia’s all day.
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Old 08-01-2021, 05:32 PM   #32
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That Ande is sho nuff some good stuff
Ande line rocks!! It's tough, cast great, and it hasn't built up a memory as other lines I have used.



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I was looking at the lews glad you like them, that might just make me pull the trigger.
I like them as much as my Abu's that I was using. Haven't caught anything over 20lbs yet But they feel great from what I've experienced so far.
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