Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ Spinning Reels

   

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CM70

Left/Right

4.5:1

Line Capacity:
25/190

Ball Bearings:
3+1

Max Drag:
37.4 Lbs.

Recovery:
22" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
25.2

CM80

Left/Right

4.5:1

Line Capacity:
25/290

Ball Bearings:
3+1

Max Drag:
39.6 Lbs.

Recovery:
22" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
26.3
  • Built on abuse-absorbing graphite bodies
  • 100% aluminum spools
  • 4-bearing system including PowerLock™ instant anti-reverse
  • Easy handling, great drag system, big line capacity

Catmen, now you've got some true "mongo" reels to strap onto your favorite rods! These 70- and 80-size reels are built on abuse-absorbing graphite bodies, have 100% aluminum spools and feature a quality 4-bearing system including PowerLock™ instant anti-reverse. Easy handling, great drag system, big line capacity, oversized machined-aluminum handle for incredible crankin' power -- ready to slug it out with channels, flatheads, even monster blues!

Line recovery in inches per handle turn.

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Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 54 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by performance Casts and reals good and has a awesome drag system. Would buy again. February 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by great performance Tried the reel out for snagging salmon in the 20 to 35 lb. range perfomed flawlessly. I also used it for flathead in the 20 to 40 lb. range and was very pleased with this reels perfomance. Will use exclusively for catfish very impressed with this reels performance. January 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Just one thing wrong! There is just one thing wrong with this reel. I wished it was offered in a baitrunner option. Other than that it's one awesome reel. August 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great reel for the price! I'm happy with my purchase. I plan to use this reel on a regular basis. July 10, 2013
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50# not listed anywhere, CM-70 says 260yds of 20# in booklet and reel, 190yds of 25#. Not listed if mono or braid? I spool mine with 65# braid from a 300yd spool and it holds a lot. 50# braid is the same size as 17lb mono so if above is correct around 290+/- of 50# braid.
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Hi, thank you for your question. Per the manual listed online for the Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ Spinning Reels can hold 50-pound test with 380 yards of braided line.

http://image.basspro.com/images/images2/manuals/BPS_CatMaxx_CMX70_CMX80_Spinning.pdf
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Yes. Its a perfect match.
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Yes. The base of the reel is the standard size that fits most poles. I have mine paired with a 7' M shakespeare ugly stick. Great combo for multi species and long casts.
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Yes it will. Mine fit perfectly on my 7' ugly stick catfish rod.
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i also fish with an ugly stick and the catmaxx fit fine. if the top handle screws on to hold the reel u should have no problem. but the top mounting bracket is longer than most and may not fit on some rods.
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Yes, no problem.
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No its a spinning reel
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No clicker,but great reel!! Well worth the money. Just purchased my second one,got 8 yrs of service out of my first reel. I finally managed to break it.
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It does not have a clicker or bait feeder like the Okuma brand, but it has double the drag strength and durability
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I was thinking about using 40lb. braid on my CatMaxx. I was wondering if the spool will handle braid?
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yes it will but the reel does hold a ton of line. what i did was start with some cheap monofilament to use as like a underlayment, then i knotted the braid to the mono and finished with that. i used 40 lb braid as u want to use, 100 yards of it should be plenty.
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I use 80# power pro on my CM70 and I've used Dacron as well with no complaints. I first tried 40# big game but didn't like how it casts.
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I've been using Bass Pro's Tuf-Line braid on mine. No problems thus far.
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I have been fishing big cat fish for over 30 years, you can use breaded but the cost
for good tangle free breaded line cost alot.
What I use is andy line 20 to 30 andy holds
over 1400 line records you can look this up,
for 20lb you are looking at, for 600 yards, the cost is about $10.00. last may I landed a 27lb flat head on 20lb andy line and it took me about 15m to land. tie you knots good
play the fish well and have fun you will land alot of big cats
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I OWN THE CATMAXX 70 AND 80 SIZE. SUPER GREAT & VERY STRONG REEL. THE SPOOL WILL HANDLE BRAID PERFECTLY, I PUT 50LB & 65LB SPIDER WIRE ON BOTH OF THESE REELS. I WOULD PUT POWER PRO, 50LB GREEN ON IT. I BELIEVE IT WILL CAST BETTER WITH POWER PRO.
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Yes it will, I use 45lbs mono on mine, so I am sure you can use braid more successfully than I use mono, caught a lot of fish on the 45# mono, I need to switch to braid because the memory of the mono is killing my casts
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Which should I get? A spinning reel or baitcasting? I do a lot of bass fishing around 5lbs to 15lbs or more with a catch. Also catfish, crappie, and perch.
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From my perspective the spinning reel is the only way to go; considering the variety of game fish that interest you the versatility of the spinning reel offers an advantage.
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My preference has always been a spinning reel. The bait casters are very popular but more difficult to use with many more spooling/snagging issues . For all around ease or use and reliable performance go with a spinning reel. Make sure you pair it with a spinning rod. Also, spinning reels are the most plentiful on the market which gives you a good quality pool to choose from.
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I use bouth spinning reels I use on shore,
level winds I like to use on the boat. only
that spinning reel will cast farther. This
is for big cats.
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I have both the spinning and baitcasting
cattmax reels the baitcaster seems to be fine but I have the same problem as
other fisherman the spinning reel is way too big and will not fit any of my poles, Buy the baitcaster or buy another reel
2 years, 11 months ago
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Baitcasting reels are more precise as far as hitting a small target. Getting used to using one is a more tedious process but ends up paying off.

Spinning is more used for open water but can be accurate as well with practice.

You can pitch and flip with both.
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Won't Fit all Poles?

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I know this sounds stupid, but I have an Ugly Stick Heavy Stripper pole and this reel won't fit in the lower handle slot; is it just me?

I assumed it wouldn't fit on my light bass pole, but this stripper pole is pretty heavy duty and large, handling 25 pound test, so I assumed this big reel would be a perfect fit...but it doesn't fit?!?!?
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As you discovered, the mounting flange on your reel has to be matched to the slot in your rod. Ugly Stick's Catfish Rod is a perfect match to the Catmaxx reels, and its one of the most versatile rods for catfishing--its what I use.
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You have to go to Live Chat & ask them if the reel will fit your pole. I have an Ugly Stik Tiger Med/Heavy 7' one piece & they said the CM70 would fit my pole. They also said there is not a list available that tells you what rods it will & will not work on. Bass Pro are the only ones that have this list.
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I have a 3/4 ton rod from team catfish it is a large 7ft6in rod and this reel will not fit my rod either.
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Had the same problem (different rod) if you continue to loosen the holding nut (down into handle) a short way it will fit. The cushion on the rod should give enough for this.
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Spare Spool?

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Does this reel come with a spare spool or is one available separately?
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It did not come with a spare spool.
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know spar spool, can not get one separately I tryed.
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NO SPARE SPOOL. NOT SURE IF ONE IS AVAILABLE, ONLY WAY TO FIND OUT IS TO CALL BPS TO BE SURE.
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No spare spool.
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no, I did not get one, but there is a parts list
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Does not include a spare spool. Unfortunately, we do not sell spare spools for this reel at this time.
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yes it does
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Yes, the standard clicking/whining heard on most drags. It also has a very wide drag range making it ideal for sensitive adjustments.
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Its a spinning reel and has no audible drag.
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Its not very loud like some bait feeders, I would not try to use it like one. but a very good reel.
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If the drag is set light enough it will click when line is pulled out.
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how do you set the drag

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To set the drag, simply rotate the black plastic knob at the top of the reel. Test the setting to make sure the drag is well below the breaking strength of your line; I prefer to set mine fairly light, unless I'm fishing for big catfish in heavy cover.
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The knob on top of the reel is the drag. Turning it clockwise tightens the drag, which makes it harder to pull line off the reel. Turning it counter-clockwise loosens the drag and makes it easier to pull line off the reel.
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The black knob on top of the spool is the drag.
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I have been fishing big cats for over 30 years, I use 20lb andy mono line have been
for over 20 years. the andy co. holds over 1400 line records you can look this up, 600
yards of 20lb andy line is around $10.00
good tangle free breaded is about $45.00.
good knot tieing and play the fish is allso
key. Have fun and catch the big one.
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On the Catmaxx 80 it is recomended for 25 or 30. You can use whatever lb. you want.
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25 lb. line is the recommended line. This reel will perform well with line that is around that size line. I use 20 lb. Trilene XT. If you use braid, it should be 25 lb. diameter. Hope this helps.
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