Rod & Reel Adaptations
Those of you who pursue flatheads with rods and reels instead of poles can use the location information and even the rigging methods of the setline boys to catch big cats. As we’ve said, successful setlining often relies on dozens of sets, while at best we’re allowed a couple rods and reels apiece. But success is still a matter of setting the right bait in the right place at the right time. Over the course of a season, a good night with rod and reel is one big fish a night. Deploying rod and reel rigs with poles is a way to increase your odds that some of those fish will be huge.
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Staats believes that places where flatheads and other fish forage for nightcrawlers are ideal locations for pole sets. “I look for the combination of a steep mud bank near a hole about 15 feet deep,” Staats says. “I can’t prove it, of course, but I can visualize those big flatheads bumping along eroded banks to dislodge worms and other invertebrates. Whatever the reason, these spots do attract and hold flatheads throughout most of the season. I usually set lines in the eddy on the forward edge of these areas, or plant a series of poles along the bank.”
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The angler that only targets 1–3 pound channel catfish and holds the fishing rod all day has a very different set of needs from the flathead or blue cat hunter that only targets monster cats and leaves the poles in a rod holder for an extended period of time.
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Fishing with 30' bamboo poles is an absolute trip! The fight is 10 times harder and without drag these catfish and carp and much harder to land. We had a ball, though trying to film while fishing was VERY hard and we lost several poles in the water while messing with camera equipment. Not interested in investing in another cat toy that your pet may just look at once and then turn his or her nose up to? You can easily make your own fishing pole cat toy. Think about how people used to make fishing poles or the things you used as a kid to make one. A long stick, some string and something attached to the end. A toy can be that simple. An inexpensive toy is probably your best bet, although feathers work well too. Some inventive owners even tie kitty's favorite treat to the end of the string. The key is to encourage your cat to exercise. This is vital to his or her health, especially in a climate where many owners keep their pets inside for safety reasons, and the cats get little physical movement. You can even purchase fishing lures with feathers and fun items at your local Wal-Mart. Just be very cautious that the lure does not have any hooks in it that might harm your cat. Most will have hooks, so you may have to search to find the ones that are hook free. The craft area is another good place to locate feathers and string to make your fishing pole.