Best Catfishing Rod / Reels for Big River Catfish – 9 rod review

I took 10 big river catfishing rods on the James river with catfishing guide Chris Eberwein to test out these big catfish rods and we see how these rod perform throwing huge leads and huge bait for big catfish in big rivers.

If you want to catch big blue catfish on the James River contact fishing guide Chris Eberwein at 804-994-4093

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Here is the gear I used in this video:
— Catfishing Rods —
St. Croix Mojo Cat
Big Cat Fever Rod
Rail Splitter…
Bass Pro Cat Maxx Rod…
Okuma Battle Cat
Tangling with Catfish Spinning Rod
Warrior Cat…
Shatter Cat Rods…

— Catfishing Reels —
Kast King Rover
Ming Yang C60
Abu Garcia Catfish Special

— Catfishing Rigs —
Mustad demon hook 10/0
Berkley Pro Spectra 50# mono
Seaguar Blue label 60 lb fluorocarbon leader
100# fishing swivels
Fishing weight slider
Fishing beads
10’ Cast net 1” mesh

— Video Equipment —
The Video Editing Software is Sony Vegas 14.0
Canon T5i (700D)
GoPro Hero 5+ Black
GoPro Session 5+
Goose Neck Clamp for GoPro
Selfie Stick
Camera Tripod
LED light for DSLR camera
Gopro chest mount


Freddy Johle says:

I would like to see you test the Ugly Stick Catfish rod with the Abu Garcia 6500 reel.

David Tench says:

I’d love to see a review on the Lew’s American hero series(love my newest lightweight spinning reel)

Eric Klassen says:

I can’t name a rod you haven’t reviewed as I can’t ghink of one right now

Kevin Durannjg says:

It doesnt matter which you review

Kern County Reptile Club says:

The Ugly Stik catfish Rod the white ones I have a medium action six and a half foot one with a decent size quantum spinning reel on it

Abraham arteaga says:

You should review the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur S Baitcasting Combo

krixxx geee says:

Review the Abu garcia silver max low profile baitcast combo, is it a good rod and reel?

Negron Remodeling says:

Hey Luke, if you had a choice between the Ming yang mc600 or the abu Garcia 7000, which would you choose? I’m looking to target 35+ lb flatheads

Scott B says:

What are your thoughts on a Big Cat Fever (MH) spinner paired with a Shimano Baitrunner 6000. I fish the James and Potomac.

Andrew Pamittan says:


John Lawrence says:

I wish you would review an older penn reel like the 500 or the no. 85

Thomas Milne says:

Mojo cat

BassHunter224 says:

That’s my favorite cat fish combo for small to medium blues and channels

smokedjoweed says:

@catfish and carp, I’m having a ridiculous problem out here in brooksville florida, it seems no matter what baits I use and where and when I fish, I still cannot hook onto any catfish, lots of turtles and a small alligator but I still can’t catch not one. Any tips?

nikkibby 93 says:

Cant go wrong with the okuma battlecat for the price you get so much! craftsmenship, two piece setup with one piece feel(butted in handle) and a sweet action oh almost forgot LIFETIME WARRANTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAAAAAAAAT

bubbz0687 says:

The mr catfish rods and reels from dicks?

cpt4lyff says:

Luke, you should review more spinning reel/rod combos, out here in Southern California there aren’t that many places to fish for big cats so smaller combo reviews would be cool.

Aaron Minor says:

Which Ming Yang is that. the 60 or 600?

Marcelino Duran says:

I think you’re description on your reels and rods are awesome the only thing is I didn’t see you say anything about the pain too what do you think about that real and I’m not sure if you’ve actually did a review on that one but that would be a great one to do a review on

Tom Bruring says:

Man I always miss these

Shannon Frauenhoffer says:

Not a specific rod but how about a microcaster for crappie..I know you use alot of the dock demons but would love to see some of the others

Alvaro Castillo says:

Review the pro angler rods and ancient mariner 7000 reels

Josh Landers says:

Just started looking at bait casting reels Any recommendations ?

ArkansasCatfisherman says:

Luke, could you review the Academy Sports and Outdoors Pro Cat rod and reel? I have looked around youtube but haven’t found any in-depth reviews on any them. I would live hear what you about them.

The rod reviews has been awesome. I have learned a lot from watching them. Keep up the great work my friend. Merry Christmas to you and you family.

Pamela Dillow says:

I would like to see a review on the B n M Silver Cat Magnum spinning rods. 10’

Tyler Richards says:

Review the Zebco Big Cat XT, that’s is something in a poor college student’s budgets.

Jerry Bee says:

Please review the MEAT HUNTER 8′ Heavy Casting Rod. Thank you.

J.T. Peebles says:

You should review a Shimano Corvalus reel and maybe an ugly stik catfish rod

Den Loh says:

Very informative!

Max Stewart says:

I see the rod you’re giving away is a lefty rod… *I like that*

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