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Whats A Good Rod For Only Bluegill And Sunfish And Catfish

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I want recommendations on what rod to get when fishing for Bluegill Sunfish Or Catfish

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For bluegill or any panfish I'd recommend a Light or Ultra-Light rod with a 500 or 1000 size spinning reel loaded with 4# test line.

 

My panfish/trout rig is a President 25 on a 6'6" Diawa Spinmatic Ultra-Light rod with 4# Berkley Trilene XL.

 

I don't go after catfish, so can't help you there.

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You want an ultra light to light rod for panfish and a medium heavy to heavy to extra heavy rod for catfish; depending on what size you’ll encounter.

 

You can catch a fish in anything, but I’d recommend separate setups for panfish and catfish.

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Unless the catfish you're targeting are very small, like bullheads or tiny channel cats, you're going to need 2 different combos for panfish and catfish. Even a 3 or 4 pound channel cat is going to be a real test on most ultralight gear, especially around any kind of cover. 

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Zebco 33 classic combo

 

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For bluegill or sunfish, it's hard to beat the roughly $15 Zebco Dock Demon or the Ugly Stick dock runner combos, especially if you need to outfit a bunch of kids.  

 

https://www.catfishconnection.com/Store/Details/ZDDS/RODREEL/RDRLZ/ZEBCO-DOCK-DEMON/

 

https://www.fishusa.com/product/Shakespeare-Ugly-Stik-Dock-Runner-Spinning-Combo?utm_source=google_ps&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=google_ps&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIanother sitemtfrL4QIVDNvACh1oQAaIEAQYAiABEgImgPD_BwE

 

There are a bunch of youtube movies about their strength, with people even catching large fish on them, although there are obviously better choices for that:

 

 

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16 hours ago, @reelChris said:

For bluegill or sunfish, it's hard to beat the roughly $15 Zebco Dock Demon or the Ugly Stick dock runner combos, especially if you need to outfit a bunch of kids.  

 

https://www.catfishconnection.com/Store/Details/ZDDS/RODREEL/RDRLZ/ZEBCO-DOCK-DEMON/

 

https://www.fishusa.com/product/Shakespeare-Ugly-Stik-Dock-Runner-Spinning-Combo?utm_source=google_ps&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=google_ps&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIanother sitemtfrL4QIVDNvACh1oQAaIEAQYAiABEgImgPD_BwE

 

There are a bunch of youtube movies about their strength, with people even catching large fish on them, although there are obviously better choices for that:

 

 

Not gonna lie those vids on the dock demon blew my mind.   Crazy!   

Zebco Lure rating.... 1/64 ounce-as much your weak ass can lift.

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Zebco ZO2 with Zebco Omega rod. 

 

Jam up combo, I throw beetlespins and small cranks. Big gills, red breasts, crappie. I highly recommend checking them out. 

 

I catch small channels and bullheads, but for bigger cats, check out a bigger rod. 

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