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New Rods for Catfish Anglers

When you're hoping to subdue powerful catfish that may weigh as much as young steers, you need just the right rod for the job. These new models can fill the bill. (Photo courtesy of Whisker Seeker Tackle)
When you're hoping to subdue powerful catfish that may weigh as much as young steers, you need just the right rod for the job. These new models can fill the bill. (Photo courtesy of Whisker Seeker Tackle)

Catfish rods are among the broadest categories of new products released this year – no longer do you have to use a walleye, salmon or bass rods for your fishing

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (the most recent available), approximately 7 million U.S. anglers age 16 and older fish for catfish, 26 percent of our 27 million adult freshwater anglers.

Only a few years ago, if you had been among that huge group of whiskerfish fans, you might have bemoaned the fact that few products were made specifically with catfishing in mind. Specialty baits were available, but finding other catfish-specific gear like rods, reels, terminal tackle and boats was darn near impossible.

Fortunately, all that seems to have changed. The fact that catfish anglers comprise a significant portion of the tackle-buying public seems to have finally made an impression on tackle manufacturers, and during the past few years, dozens of new products engineered specifically for catfish anglers have become available.

Catfish rods are among the broadest categories of new products released this year. No longer do you have to use a walleye, salmon or bass rod for your fishing. Today’s new poles are made catfish-tough with top-quality materials and insightful designs. With these products in your angling arsenal, you can fish worry-free, knowing you have the best tools for subduing even the orneriest catfish. Check ‘em out and see.

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