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CatMaxx Baitcast Rod and Reel Combo
written by JT Uptegrove

The good thing about catfishing -- you don't have to spend a lot of money to get the right gear.
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Catfishing -- no matter how you do it, it's always fun.  There is just something about catching whiskered fish that excites anglers.  It could be the simple fact that catfish get big -- real big.  Otherwise, how great they taste fried in Uncle Buck's Fish Batter might get your mouth watering.  Maybe it's their willingness to bite even when other fish have disappeared.  Any way you look at it, the time you spend catfishing is always enjoyable.


There's another thing that make catfishing great, too.  It doesn't require an expensive bass boat laden with every kind of lure.  You can get by with a small boat, or even fishing from the bank.  The tackle isn't complicated either -- you don't need more than a few rods and reels.


Bass Pro Shops has recognized just how great the sport is and how popular it's become in recent years.  In fact, they've introduced their own great line of serious catfishing tackle called Catmaxx.


Fortunately for us, they've kept with the style of catfishing and the new gear is simple, inexpensive and tough.  Catmaxx has the basics of catfishing covered.  The features on the reel are perfectly suited for any challenge a catfish of any size could offer.


The reel is a brute.  It's made of a one-piece aluminum frame with a high-capacity machined-aluminum spool.  Inside is an adjustable 6-pin centrifugal brake system for backlash-free casting.  The cats will have to fight back against a tough gearing with quality 3-bearing system and PowerLock instant anti-reverse.  For bait-fishing there is an audible clicker.


The rod to support such a tough reel is nothing less than you'd expect.  It's made of incredibly tough E-glass with heavy-duty double-footed guides, rugged carbon alloy tip for ultimate "surge protection," and durable cork handles for a tight, non-slipping grip.  It's just the kind of backbone that it takes to haul in monstrous catfish.


If you're one of the many folks out there that like to kick back and wait for the big'uns to bite, the Catmaxx combo is definitely for you.  It's inexpensive and made just for the fish you're after. 

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