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Spinning Reels for Catfish

Spinning Reels for Catfish

I have a lot of Abu Garcia and Penn baitcasting reels, but those in my tackle inventory with the most catfish slime on them are a Shimano Spirex spinning reel and a pair of Zebco Omega spincasters. They work well for the way I like to fish. Most of my catfishing is run-and-gun for 2- to 10-pound channel cats in small rivers and lakes, but I never know what will end up on the end of my line. I need to be able to cast a chunk of cutbait and have confidence my reel can handle whatever size or species of catfish takes that bait.

That’s why I like spinning reels. They’re easy to use, durable, and forgiving. Despite those advantages, spinning reels unfortunately have a...

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