Best cat fishing rods for the money in 2018. Tried, tested & reviewed
Cat fishing can be one heck of a fishing experience. You generally know what you’re getting yourself into but you never really know whats going to bite! Sometimes you get the small angry ones that put up a bigger fight than Moby Dick and other times you get the monstrous ones that pull so hard you think your rod might snap into pieces. Regardless of what bites, you’re in for a fight. This is what makes cat fishing so much fun to so many people. If you think you would like to go cat fishing you need to make sure you have the right fishing gear that can withstand the fight and strength of a catfish. This is why we’ve put together a list of some of the toughest and most reliable catfish rods currently on the market. Here are our picks for the 5 best catfish rods for the money in 2018.
|KastKing KatTech Catfish Rods Graphite Composite||Amazon|
|Ugly Stik Catfish Casting Fishing Rod||Amazon|
|Rippin Lips Super Cat Casting Rod||Amazon|
|KastKing KastKat Catfish Rods S-Glass||Amazon|
|OKUMA Battle Cat Catfish Spinning Rods (2-Piece)||Amazon|
Pricing of these Catfish Rods Range Between $40-$90
KastKing has really outdone themselves with this rod. Their KatTech catfish rod series are designed to help you land the meanest and most vicious of catfish. They were specifically designed for tournament anglers who target only the largest fish. This 7’ 0” catfish rod is constructed out of 24T Graphite and is combined with linear S-Glass which dramatically increases its strength and lifting power while still maintaining its lightweight and durability making it perfect for that everyday use. KastKing made sure to incorporate Fuji double foot guides on these rods. These guide frames are designed specifically for extreme loads which is exactly what you’ll get while fighting catfish. These guide frames are also designed for use with heavy braided line which is something you will greatly benefit from while fishing for catfish. This rod also come equipped with Fuji DPS and ECS reinforced steel seats which helps to ensure that any reel you choose to use with this rod will have and have an extremely secure and snug fit. These high quality seats help to ensure that your reel stays firmly in place even under the most extreme fighting conditions. As if that weren’t enough, this rod also comes equipped with custom rubber cork handles for exceptional grip as well as a Chartreuse strike tip help you with early strike detection even in low light situations. If you’re looking for a rod that can successfully land monster catfish time and time again, look no further!
- Constructed out of 24T Graphite
- ECS reinforced steel seats
- Fuji double foot guides
- Chartreuse strike tip
If you’ve been fishing for any amount of time you have probably heard of ‘Ugly Sticks’. Ugly Stick are the AK-47 of fishing rods. You can beat them up, drop them in the mud, smash them against everything and simply abuse the life out of them and they’ll still perform seamlessly time and time again even under the most extreme of situations. This 7’ 0” Medium Heavy catfish rod is no different. It has been designed specifically to be able to withstand some of the meanest and biggest freshwater fish out there, the catfish. This catfish rod is constructed specifically for going to battle with catfish. This rod features a clear tip to help the angler detect the faintest of movement and allow for extreme sensitivity. With the rod you’ll also find that they incorporated their Ugly Tuff one piece stainless steel guides. Because these are constructed out of stainless steel you no longer need to worry about them rusting due to the elements and you can also rest assured they will be able to withstand those tough fights.If you’re looking for a rod that can get the job done time and time again, look no further, this rod would be a great addition to any anglers arsenal.
- One piece stainless steel guides
- Features a clear tip
- Strong and durable
Rippin Lips has come out with an amazing line of catfish fishing rods, designed specifically to help anglers land bigger and more aggressive catfish. This rod is 7’ 6” and made out of their proprietary blend of E-glass, S-glass and graphite material. To all of us ‘non-engineering’ type this means that this rod is ridiculously strong and it was created to “conquer catfish as a species”. This is a direct quote for Rippin Lips themselves. This rod was designed by the renowned John Jamison who is known by many anglers to be one of the greatest catfish anglers of all time. He made sure to make this rod right the first time. This rods medium heavy action is ideal for cat fishing due to the fact that you want your rod to be strong but you also want to have the ability for feel the slightest touch. Stainless steel guides were the right choice for this rod and they’ve been beefed up to help ensure stability and reliability. The fast tip will help you feel the slightest and softest of hits and will help you identify when you should set the hook and let the fight begin. Whether you’re bumpin’ or casting, this rod is perfect if you’re on the hunt for some monster catfish and a good fight.
- E-glass, S-glass and graphite material
- Stainless steel guides
- Built to “onquer catfish as a species”
- Designed by John Jamison
Making another appearance from KastKing’s new KastKat catfish fishing rods line is their 7’ 0” medium, one piece catfish rod. This rod comes in a lightning blue with a vibrant orange strike tip to help you with early detection of a hit even in very low light fishing conditions. This rods blank is constructed 100% out of their Linear S-Glass which ensures its incredible strength and lifting power which is perfect for landing those large catfish you’ll be going after. To help with landing these monster catfish you’ll need a strong and sturdy grip, this is where their cross wrapped EVA handle come into play. This handle is cross wrapped with a thin layer of rubber which lays over top of a comfortable EVA core. This helps to ensure that you never lose the grip of your rod or the catfish you’re fighting. The stainless steel double foot guides are used due to their longevity and durability which helps you rest easy knowing that these guides will hold up over time and after countless casts. This rods rear seat is made of very strong reinforced nylon so it has the capability of holding large reels and keeping them secure and in place even under the most extreme pressure. Cat fishing will never be the same again once you get your hands on one of these rods.
- Linear S-Glass construction
- EVA handle
- Rubber cross wrap
- Reinforced nylon rear seat
The OKUMA Battle cat fishing spinning rod is a two piece heavy rod that is 7’ 6” and ideal for baitcast reels and perfect for traveling with. It is easily broken down and put into a carrying case for easy transport. This catfish rod is made from E-Glass rod blanks meaning it is a strong and reliable catfish rod that will stand the test of time. The fore grip is made out of EVA material which means you will have a comfortable grip while fishing but it comes with a cork rear grip which will help with unnecessary binding in rod holders. Like many other catfish rods on the market OKUMA has chosen to use double foot welded stainless steel guides which will last for a very long duration of time while also resisting corrosion and wear. Last but not least, this catfish rod comes with a heavy duty stainless steel hook keeper which is something that is oftentimes overlooked but it is something that needs to be taken into consideration. This rod is ideal for the angler that is constantly on the move and wants to take their gear with them from location to location.
- Two piece heavy rod
- EVA fore grip
- Cork bottom grip
- Double foot welded stainless steel guides