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Brownie77

Zebco 808

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I just got a berkly big game rod, adn want to put a Zebco 808 on it. Any thoughts. I live near the chain of lakes so Channel Cats will be all i have to fish unless I go back home to the MN river. Money is tight due to a new baby, but I thougth this would be a cheap way to take care of that cat bug I have. Fishing these Walleyes and Crappies is just not cutting it.

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I think that would work fine for channels. Pack it with some #15-#20 mono and you should be good. The average channel is about #2-#5, but you have a good chance at catching one in the teens also.

You can always use ur wally gear as well. If you have a reel with an extra spool, you can pack the it with #20 superline of some sort.

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Fishing these Walleyes and Crappies is just not cutting it.

Ain't that the truth grin

Sounds like it will work and welcome to FM smile

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Well I put power pro 50lb test on it. It seems to cast fine. I know I can use my walleye gear, just wan to to preten i have a chance at catching a 40 pound flathead. It is amazing that around here you can not find creek chubs for sale, had to go fish my own last night. I am having hernia surgery tomorrow so I figure friday I have a date with a piece of river bank, a lawn chair, 6" chub and my new pole all day long.

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I know I can use my walleye gear, just wan to to preten i have a chance at catching a 40 pound flathead.

There are no flatheads up that far North, so you'll have to pretend real hard.

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Brownie Where ya goin cattin?Mn river? If ya come my way RedwoodFalls to GraniteFalls,I think ya may get one over 20. 40 is pushin it,my largest is around 35-37.

Got the ole girl a 808 for this works great!

Get bullheads chubs havent worked for me and keepin em alive is a problem!

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Nope just hanging out here near St. Cloud at the cahin of lakes. I used to fish the MN all the time, but moved here 10 years ago. This is not my first time fishing cats by any means. I know there are no flat heads here, but the chance to pull in a 15-20 pund northen is real, and caught a 29.5" walleye last week while fishing cats. It has been a tough year here, nothing big yet, but I am now going to switch to big bait.

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Well I put power pro 50lb test on it.

I dont use the closed face reels, but I know someone that does, and he put superline on it, it wouldnt reel in, the line was to slippery and slid over the noths inside when he caught big fish!

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I would try it out in the yard or something first, before switching back!

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Well i casted it in the yard, and it reeled in just fine, but that was with nothing fighting it.

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I would put a bit of mono backing on if you're worried about spool slippage. I had major slippage while sturgeon fishing the first time I ever used that stuff. Never knew about backing (mono, electrical tape, etc) before then.

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The problem that I seen wasnt from the spool slipping, it was the line slipping over the notch in th reel

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if you like spincasters, try the 733 line... has a pin, instead of a notch. and built like a tank (on the all metal versions) only drawback is you're stuck tightlining. no clicker.

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The Zebco 808's have dual pins. I bought one in '95 for fishing channel cats and kept that reel for ten years before getting rid of it. Changed the line a few times and never had a problem with it.

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Superline (SpiderWire braid for sure) won't work with spincast reels. The line is too limp and doesn't catch on the pickup pins. Some other more stiff lines may work better.

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