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blank recommendations for catfishing rod
Posted by: Craig Gilbert (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: June 12, 2019 03:28PM

I have a friend who wants a 6'6" - 7' casting rod for fishing for flathead catfish here in NC. He uses 30lb. mono, and generally throws a 3 ounce weight with cut bait. I was thinking a fairly robust swimbait blank for 1-3 oz. lures, but all of those I have found are generally 7'6"+. Not a lot of casting involved, so super light weight isn't much of an issue. I don't have much experience with this type of fishing, so looking for suggestions.

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Re: blank recommendations for catfishing rod
Posted by: roger wilson (---.hsd1.mn.comcast.net)
Date: June 12, 2019 03:58PM

Here is an interesting read on Cat fish and cat fish rods and the reasons for various choices.

[www.catfishedge.com]

But, in general, I would go with an all glass rod or a composite rod that is mainly of glass construction.

Best wishes

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Re: blank recommendations for catfishing rod
Posted by: Norman Miller (---.lightspeed.jcsnms.sbcglobal.net)
Date: June 12, 2019 04:47PM

A number of serious catfish fishermen really like the RodGeeks X-Comp blanks. For what you are looking for, try either the XC732 or XC733. They are 7’3”” but can easily be cut to 7’ by taking 3” off the butt. [rodgeeks.com]
Norm

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Re: blank recommendations for catfishing rod
Posted by: benjie bates (12.97.95.---)
Date: June 12, 2019 05:22PM

i have a few of the rodgeeks XC's i built mine for saltwater but don't see why they wouldn't work for your friend.

i have both the 731 and 732

i would probably lean more towards the 731 or 732, to me there is a significant difference in power between the 2. the 732 is alot more powerful. I also find the 731 to be more moderate and have a soft tip, so i would probably cut off the tip of the 731 and off the butt of the 732

I have a tranx 200 on the 731 and tranx 400 on the 732

my gut would be to try the 732

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Re: blank recommendations for catfishing rod
Posted by: David Miller (---.triad.res.rr.com)
Date: June 12, 2019 07:53PM

Sounds like your friend may target flatheads in heavy cover using 30lb line. I am thinking the XC 733 trimmed from the butt would work best if that is the case. I have mine at full length it cast 3 oz and bait easily and will underhand lob up to 6oz and bait off a boat or pier with no issue. I really need to get a big catfish on to really put it to the test but I am confident that it has the backbone. If you or friend is in the triad area he can borrow mine to check it out.

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Re: blank recommendations for catfishing rod
Posted by: Russell Brunt (---.lightspeed.miamfl.sbcglobal.net)
Date: June 12, 2019 09:50PM

IMHO, the best value blank is the Batson RCLB. The rclb70ml is what I use for a general purpose 30# saltwater trolling outfit. I'd think the rclb70l would be enough for cats....unless he is tight to cover and fish are over 30# range.

Russ in Hollywood, FL.

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Re: blank recommendations for catfishing rod
Posted by: Bob McKamey (---.cust.exede.net)
Date: June 14, 2019 08:41AM

Within this series of CRB Rod blanks are some of the best blanks available for catfishing. Here is a link - [www.mudhole.com] - Thank You

Bob McKamey
Mud Hole Custom Tackle
bobm@mudhole.com

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Re: blank recommendations for catfishing rod
Posted by: James Taylor (---.wavecable.com)
Date: June 14, 2019 01:29PM

Russell gave a good option with the RainShadow RCBL70ML, the RCLB70L would work quite fine too. Check the specs at: [www.rainshadowrodblanks.com]

If you wan to go a little more price conscious then do the Rainshadow E-Glass SWB70L or ML (they’ll hold up just fine) - [www.rainshadowrodblanks.com]

James Taylor
Batson Enterprises
BatsonEnterprises.com | RainShadowRodBlanks.com | ALPSForeCast.com | Build2Fish.com

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Re: blank recommendations for catfishing rod
Posted by: Craig Gilbert (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: June 14, 2019 06:21PM

Thank y'all for the input! I'm going with the rodgeeks XC733, because of the color options. He wants his rod Dallas Cowboys colors, which somewhat offends me personally, but I guess I'll make him what he wants. I'll have him check out the blank to see if the length is OK, before I decide whether to cut any length off. I'm also going to try embedding a small submersible LED in the butt. If anyone has any experience with that, I'd love to hear any feedback!

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Re: blank recommendations for catfishing rod
Posted by: David Miller (---.triad.res.rr.com)
Date: June 14, 2019 09:35PM

Sorry a Dallas Cowboy rod will not catch Carolina Cats.

Had to have some fun. Are you wanting the rod to glow with LED inside? I don’t think the XC blanks are translucent enough to let light through. I haven’t tried the threads that glow in the dark but that would be a nice to have near the tip.

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