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I’ve always been a trotline catfisherman and never much of an angler. I’ve sat on the creek bank a lot with a rod and real but have never put much thought into rod and reel equipment. I would usually use a bass fishing rig or some sort of 6” pole with a Zebco 808 or the like.

I’ve been reading a bit on casting rigs for big cats and see a lot of people use Abu Garcia 6500 and 7000 series reels with some types of E-Glass rods from Berkley, Shakes Spear or Quantum.

I was wondering what sort of casting equipment you guys use along with your rigging such as swivels, type of hooks, length of leaders and leader material. So whats the scoop? What do you all use for casting equipment.

What types of fishing would require Spin cast vs. bait cast setups?

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It all depends on just what kind of fishing I'm doing, but first and foremost the old KISS (keep it simple stupid) axiom always applies.

When fishing for channel cats, I usually use spinning equiupment and no more than a 12 pound test line. When I'm fishing for spawning channels I fish along a rocky bank and cast to the bank and allow my bait so sink fishing like you would do using a jig for crappie. I never use a leader, just tie the hook to the line, use a small split shot a foot or so above the bait....shrimp, minnows, night crawlers. If you use shrimp get the kind you would buy to cook and peel to eat, They are much nicer than the crappy bait shrimp...keep em cool and clean and cook what you have left over.

Sometimes I float a bait for channels. Spinning equipment works well and a slip cork. I like those bait holder hooks, but I sure can't remember what size....not very big, just big enough to hold a shrimp.

If I fish for blues or flatheads I use casting equipment. The Ambassadeur 6500 C-3's are great, and a 7-8 foot rod. I like those Ugly sticks..one piece rods, but also use a bass 7 ft. flippin stick. I usually drift using shad for bait, or if after flats a live perch. I put around a two ounce sinker on bottom, and tie a dropper loop a couple of feet above the sinker for my hook. I use different sized circle hooks for this type of fishing. About the heaviest line I use is around 17 pound test.

I do all my cat fishing out of a boat.

There are times when I need more weight, and times when I use fairly large hooks, that all depends on wind, current, bait size. Like I said though....it's always a pretty simple set up.
 

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i fish on a moutain stream in western arkansas. mostly for smallmouth bass and blues and channel cats. the cats that i catch never go over 8 pounds. i use my light spinning reel and 5 foot rods, 6# test line, slip cork, #2 hooks, #5 split shot, and minnow or perch. no leaders or swivels. i have lost a few bruisers that wrap around rocks and cut the line.

have caught bigger cats on trotlines up to 15#. those little mountain streams hold some good sized cats, and few people fish for them. i usually float in my canoe and get out and wade fish above the deeper holes.

fwiw

arky65 :D
 
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