G&F Gear Special: Top Catfish Picks for 2017

G&F Gear Special: Top Catfish Picks for 2017
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Game & Fish Magazines published Gear Issue 2017 for July and August, its third annual look at the gear that will help you be a better hunter or angler. In the coming days, gafmag.com will share focussed info on a number of hunting and fishing species. In this article, we look at some catfish gear for 2017.

You will get the strength and toughness you need in a catfish rod with these new sticks.

RODS


Berkley ECat


For big-cat guys seeking those 50- to 100-pound monsters, this new series of super-tough E-glass rods provides confidence. Take your pick of 6'6", 7' or 7'6" spinning and casting.


$70

B'n'M Bumping Rod


B'n'M was one of the first companies to make a rod specifically for this big-river, big-fish drifting tactic, and now it has upgraded its 7' 1" bumping rod with a stiffer blank.

$90


Berkley GloStik

Berkley's new GloStik is a solution to fishing in the dark. 7', 20-pound class glass-and-graphite rod absorbs light and emits a 4-hour glow.

$50

Rippin Lips Long Range

This new Rippin Lips' series includes 10' and 12', medium-heavy spinning rods engineered to launch your bait.

$36-$85

Abu-Garcia Ambassadeur has three stainless-steel bearings, a separate roller-bearing system, and smooth Carbon Matrix drag.

REELS

Abu-Garcia Ambassadeur

Three stainless-steel bearings, a separate roller-bearing system, and smooth Carbon Matrix drag. The 7000 holds 420 yards of 40-pound braid.

$150-$170

Bass Pro Shops CatMaxx

Features include a 1-piece aluminum frame, aluminum sideplates, Teflon and stainless 6-disc drag stack and double-anodized aluminum spool.

$60

Quantum Iron PT

Seven stainless-steel bearings, spool-click tension knob, oversized power handle and massive line capacity. Aluminum frame and gear cover.

$200

Zebco Big Cat XT

The Big Cat XT 30 trolling reel holds 455 yards of 30-pound-test mono. Graphite frames, aluminum spools, QuickSet anti-reverse and 4.2:1 gear ratio.

$73

Whisker Seeker's LockJaw Grips.

ACCESSORIES

Frabill Weigh Bag

Keep tournament fish alive for the weigh-in in this specially made fish tote. The three-part system consists of a soft, reinforced weigh bag, a removable inner mesh bag and a compact portable aerator. Holds up to 11.25 gallons of water and fish. 

$80

Rapala Floating Aerator

This new aerator, ideal for most bait-storage containers, gently mixes air into water, aerating 0.4 gallons per minute. 18 hours continuous run time or 36 hours when set to run at 15-minute intervals.

$26

LockJaw Grips

Whisker Seeker's stainless-steel grips close instantly with the push of a button. Rotating head protects the angler and fish.

$60

BAITS/LURES

Catfish Dip Worm

The 2-inch lure's tube attachments and ribs hold dip longer. The 2X-strong trebles and 20-pound Trilene Big Game line catch fish.

$5 per 3-pack

HookSetter Epic Crawdad

Pack the three chambers on the back of this 10-inch soft-plastic crawdad with Smelly Jelly attractant

$10

Death Cheese Bait

Made with real cheese plus secret ingredients.

$8 for 12 ounces

Get Your Fish On.

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