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Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ Spinning Rod and Reel Combos

We designed our CatMaxx Spinning Rod and Reel Combs to give catfish anglers a set-up that's specifically built for whipping-up on freshwater's biggest bad cats! Designed to whip freshwater's biggest bad boys! These 70 and 80 size reels are built on abuse-absorbing graphite bodies, have 100% aluminum spools and feature a quality 4-bearing system including PowerLock® instant anti-reverse. Easy handling, great drag system, big line capacity, oversized machined aluminum handle for incredible crankin' power - ready to slug it out with channels, flatheads, even monster blues! An exclusive Bass Pro Shops series for those who chase the whiskered giants of the deep. Beefy, heavy-duty rods have the muscle to haul blues and flatheads out of their snaggy lairs. Made of tough E-glass with heavy-duty double-footed guides, rugged aluminum oxide tip tops for ultimate ''surge protection'' and cork handles for a non-slip grip. Reflective white tip for easy bite detection at night. Line recovery in inches per handle turn. Guide number includes tip. Rods are IM7 with PacBay Hialoy guides. Action: MH = Medium Heavy H = Heavy.
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Questions & Answers for Bass Pro Shops Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ Spinning Rod and Reel Combos

Question

Surf casting?

IF this is 10 or 11 feet, will it work for surf casting for striper or something else fairly big.
asked 1 year, 2 months ago
by
Haluwasafan
 - Milkyway Galaxy
on Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ Spinning Rod and Reel Combos
2 answers
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answer 1
The longer the rod, the father it will cast. Should be wonderful for surf casting!
Top 1000 Contributor
Top 1000 Contributor
answered 7 months ago
by
FarmerCityFisher
 - Farmer City, Illinois
answer 2
Yes
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
by
Dglenn82
Question

Reel Model?

Is the difference between the CM70 and the CM80 just the physical size of the reel? Also can this reel be swapped between a righty and a lefty?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
by
sharkman027
on Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ Spinning Rod and Reel Combos
4 answers
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answer 1
Dont know the model difference, but you can switch the handle for righty/lefty
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
by
mykeg84
 - Phoenix, AZ
answer 2
The difference is the line capacity and the drag weight. The CM70 holds 190 yds of 25 pound test, where the CM80 holds 290 yards. The CM80 also provides 2.2 more lbs of drag resistance than the CM70. I personally own the CM70 and haven't had any problems or needed the additional features of the CM80.
It can be interchanged between RH and LH retrieve.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
by
nowlinc
 - VA
answer 3
Difference is physical size, 80 holds more line. Both can be switched easily right to left handed.
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Top 1000 Contributor
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
FarmerCityFisher
 - Farmer City, Illinois
answer 4
Yes the difference between the two is the physical size of the reels. Both have the same gear ratios and line recovery, but the CM80 holds an extra 100 yards of the same diameter line. Also the handle is reversible so it can be used as a lefty or righty.
Top 50 Contributor
Top 50 Contributor
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
by
bigegan18
 - Clinchport, VA
Question

1 or 2 piece?

does the cat maxx pole break down at all or is it only a 1 piece rod?
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
by
bassproforlife
on Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ Spinning Rod and Reel Combos
3 answers
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answer 1
Can't speak for all models, but my 8ft is a single piece.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
by
mykeg84
 - Phoenix, AZ
answer 2
There are Catmaxx poles that break down in two or three pieces as well as the smaller one piece rods. There is a 15 foot model I've only seen in stores that is a 3 piece rod.
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Top 1000 Contributor
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
by
FarmerCityFisher
 - Farmer City, Illinois
answer 3
Under the Rod Model number it will be listed as 1-PIECE or 2-PIECE.
Staff Answer
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
by
BPSResource7
 - springfield, mo
Question

whats the difference in the 70 and 80? Is it the size?

asked 3 years, 6 months ago
by
nonamesleft
on Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ Spinning Rod and Reel Combos
2 answers
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answer 1
The size is different, the 80 is larger and holds more line. Same quality, great reels!
Top 1000 Contributor
Top 1000 Contributor
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
FarmerCityFisher
 - Farmer City, Illinois
answer 2
Yes, the size is the difference.

CM70 25 LB/190 YDS 25.2 OZ.
CM80 25 LB/290 YDS 26.3 OZ.
Staff Answer
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
by
BPSResource7
 - springfield, mo
Question

Can you put weights into the butt of the rod?

Like for balancing it
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
by
dlong
on Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ Spinning Rod and Reel Combos
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
I don't believe so, but I will double check
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
by
mykeg84
 - Phoenix, AZ
answer 2
The butt does not come off but you might try the The Balancer™ Rod Balancing System Item Number: 38-400-240-00, which fits onto the rear end of most straight handled casting and spinning rods.
Staff Answer
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
BPSResource7
 - springfield, mo
Question

Musky?

Can this cast large lures up to 3 oz and reel in relative ly smoothly? I will still use it mostly for cats, though
asked 1 year, 2 months ago
by
Haluwasafan
 - Milkyway Galaxy
on Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ Spinning Rod and Reel Combos
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes
answered 10 months ago
by
MSFishing
 - Mississippi
answer 2
This will work fine. The lure retrieve will be a little slow.
Staff Answer
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
by
BPSProductSpecialist1
Question

Is this combo acceptable for use in saltwater?

asked 10 months ago
by
worms51
on Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ Spinning Rod and Reel Combos
2 answers
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answer 1
No but if you needed to you could you would just have to oil it alot
answered 7 months ago
by
Cswitzer
answer 2
No it is not it is for freshwater
answered 9 months ago
by
BigBassMaster101
Question

Would this combo be suitable for Snook and Tarpon?

I am planning to start fishing for snook and/or tarpon in the Panama Canal and Bayano River. Would this combo work for this type of fishing?
asked 7 months ago
by
PanamaJoe
 - Panama
on Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ Spinning Rod and Reel Combos
1 answer
Answers
answer 1
The CatMaxx combo can be used for Snook and Tarpon, however, this is not a saltwater reel so you would need to throurghly rinse after use as well as keep it oiled well.
Staff Answer
answered 7 months ago
by
BPSResource10
 - Springfield, MO
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