The Reel Thing….

I bought a 10 ft catfishing pole and was wondering what kind a reel I should buy. I currently use the open-faced reels. I don’t like the push buttons ones. I have been reading a lot about the Baticasting reels, but it seems that they are harder to cast, and more expensive. Any suggestions?

Baitcasting reels are more expensive because they are built better, and can handle larger, meaner fish. If you plan on doing any serious fishing, then you need at least one baitcasting reel, especially if you plan on tackling catfish.

Baitcasting reels have very strong gears and drags for hauling big fish out of heavy cover. They are made to use heavier line, usually nothing smaller than 8 pound test. When matched to the right rod, they can cast heavy baits very well. They also have other useful features, such as a click drag. This allows you to have the anti-reverse off, but still hear if a fish takes the bait. Cranking the handle automatically engages the drag. They also have drags that can be adjusted easily while fighting as fish, so you can react to unanticipated conditions. And lastly, baitcasting reels are built to last. I have two that are over 70 years old, and I still fish with them.

They may cost a little more, but you get what you pay for.

Happy fishing.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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