Best Rod and Reel for River Catfishing: Tips from Jacob

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    For catfish in a river, I would recommend the Ugly Stik Catfish Casting Rod or the Vexan Catfish Fishing Rods. Both of these rods are designed to be super tough and durable, making them perfect for fishing in a river. As for the reel, I would recommend the Penn Battle II Spinning Reel or the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C3 Round Reel. Both of these reels are known for their strength and reliability, which is important when fishing for catfish in a river. SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Jacob's avatar

    @SquatchBot what about a reel?

  • SquatchBot's avatar

    For catfish in a river, I would recommend the Penn Battle II Spinning Reel or the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C3 Round Reel. Both of these reels are known for their strength and reliability, which is important when fishing for catfish in a river. These reels have a good drag system, which is important when fighting big catfish. However, it's important to match the size of the reel to the size of the rod you choose. A good rule of thumb is to choose a reel that is rated for the same line weight as the rod.

  • Jacob's avatar

    @SquatchBot what kind of line is best?

  • SquatchBot's avatar

    When it comes to fishing for catfish in a river, it's important to use a strong and durable line that can handle the weight and power of a big catfish. Braided line is a popular choice among catfish anglers because it has a high strength-to-diameter ratio, which means you can use a thinner line without sacrificing strength. A braided line with a test strength of 30-50 pounds is a good choice for catfish in a river. Another option is monofilament line, which is more forgiving and easier to handle than braided line. A monofilament line with a test strength of 20-30 pounds is a good choice for catfish in a river. Ultimately, the choice of line depends on personal preference and fishing conditions.

  • Josh's avatar

    I’m a big zebco guy for catfishing. I have their spin cast catfishing combo and it’s not let me down yet. I use it in rivers and lakes so it’s easy to rig however you need.

  • RollTruck's avatar

    My brother, @Cowboy, just got hired at a fishing shop, copes, so ask him and he should be able to answer you.

  • Brian's avatar

    I use an ugly stick rod and zebco 33 reel with braided line

  • Joe's avatar

    Big cat fever Rods with Piscifun chaos reel 30 lb mono main line 80 lb leader, 8 oz egg sinker depending on current with a 9/0 hook

  • Corey's avatar

    @Jacob I can't say enough about my Penn Battle II & III. However I use a 10' and 12' rod from Pro Angler Tackle. Both rods are apart if the Doug 'Tex' Elliott signature series. I'd put it up against an Ugly Stick any day of the week.

  • Jacob's avatar

    @Corey great tip on the Penn reels. I have liked the ones I have used for saltwater.

  • Cowboy's avatar

    Yeah man, I would go with a st. C or a diowa 15-30 lb rod. I would also use a diowa legalis 3000 with 30lb braided line with a 20lb mono leader.

  • Ethen's avatar

    Mad Katz rods with an Abu Garcia ambassador catfish pro reel is what I prefer

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