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What kinda reel
Aight,i heard that bait casting reels are just for bass and trout.Is that true?Can you use them for catfish and any type of fish?If that iz true,what kinda of reel do u suggest for catfish? thanks

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Don't realy think the fish cares what kind of reel you use, their just interested in the bait.

I use a Shimano corsair 400A on my catfish rod, very durable reel.

Lee
Lee's Custom Rods
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I use baitcasters exclusively for catfish and cast over 200 yds with them on competition casting rods ... I use ambassadeur 7000's ... 6500's makes dandy reels for big cats ... penns work well for cats but don't cast nearly as well as the ambassadeur or the shimanos ... check www.catfishin.net for info on catchin catfish

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I would defineately recommend the Abu Garcia Reels, they are great, and last forever.

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Abu Garcia. Fenwick. Shimano. I've used them all and had the most trouble with Shimano. I've been through a half dozen of them over the years and the biggest problem has been -- the anti-backlash always fails. Casting is okay, I used 6# mono and a 1/4 ounce egg sliding sinker for trout, but just didn't seem to get the distance as with an Eagle Claw. Yes, Eagle Claw. I have a factory direct store right here in Denver, located in the same building as the factory. Anything they make, you can get at a discount. Any problems, just take it back and you get a replacement on the spot. To date, the only problem I've had is one eyelet came loose.
I'm one of those fishermen who just can't cast with a baitcasting reel. Maybe the line isn't matched to the reel and the rod isn't matched to the rest of the outfit, but for whatever the reason, I can't cast more than twenty-five yards. So after forty years of trying, it's relegated to a boat fishing outfit without casting. Works great for trolling too and has brought in more than a few good-size trout, crappie and wipers.
Now my Eagle Claw does everything I ask of it, without question or hesitation. Sorta like the perfect wife. It has pulled in trout (of course), catfish, salmon from the Santa Cruz pier (from my California fishing days), bass, wiper, sucker, crappie, and even a shark (a small one, only three ft long) and one alligator gar (Texas has some BIG ones). My daughters and grand daughters all have one (my son-in-law doesn't fish but he is a fair cook) and even my great niece was blessed with her first fishing outfit (she just turned one year old). So, yes, I am partial to Eagle Claw because like a Timex, "They take a beating and keep on ticking".

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My level winds of choice are the ABU GARCIA, AMBASSADOR SERIES, I have been using them since 73 and they are a smooth piece of machined precision. I can cast well into into the 200 yard range with any model or size. I own several 5000's, 6000's and 7000's and a pair of the 6501's. I have fished trout, bass, walleye, cats, salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, perch,....The main problem I hear most people ask is why won't my reel cast very far. The spool speed control knob, ( located at center of reel and on same side as your star drag ) is usually too tight. Also maybe the reel is undersized for the job your expecting of it. The farthest cast you ever make with your level wind should nevel empty more than an 1/8 inch of overall line from your spool. If so maybe a reel of greater size is in order, or decrease the size of line to a smaller diameter and make sure you keep the spool full, this will keep your reel working at peak performance. Over working your reel will definately decrease its life, no matter what brand or amount of money spent. Happy Hookin.

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More experienced anglers who have better control and accuracy, bait casting reels suits ‘em. You can rotate the spool when casting it which means inertia has to be strong enough to move the spool. The best advantage you can get from a bait casting reel is its accuracy. That means, you can be able to put a lure exactly where you want it. But, you need patience to do this effectively. There are more advantages you can find, like:
- The power - Accuracy - Higher gear ratio - To catch big fish - Greater lures - For experienced anglers