Several weeks ago I posted the video announcing the release of the new 9’6″ Heavy Power catfish rod in my signature series catfish rod line from Whisker Seeker Tackle.
While testing this fishing rod I did a LOT of casting and there’s no doubt you can really get some distance with your catfish baits with the longer fishing rods. I spent a lot of time testing on the water and while doing so trying to get a feel for just how much further these long catfish rods cast. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t figure it out it on the water so I decided to go “redneck scientific”.
I headed down to my sons high school where he plays football (the Saginaw High School Rough Riders) and setup on the football field for a casting test using the yard markers on the football field as guides (I’m sure that’s not embarrassing for a teenage kid) and put the 7’6″ Heavy Power Rod catfish rod and the 9’6″ Heavy Power Catfish Rod up against each other in a casting test smackdown.
How I Conducted The Catfish Rod Casting Test
Here’s how I did the test, taking careful steps to make sure everything was exactly the same (except the rod length).
I took two brand new Abu Garcia 6500C3 catfish reels and spooled them with brand spanking new and fresh Whisker Seeker Tackle monofilament fishing line. I put one of the catfish reels on a new 7’6″ Heavy Power Rod and one on a new 9’6″ Heavy Power Rod. I tied on a 3 ounce no roll sinker on each rod.
With all the catfishing gear set up and in place I headed to the football field and set up in the end zone right at the goal line.
I made three casts from the end zone with each fishing rod and then took an average distance of the three casts with each rod. The wind was at my back for the casts with both fishing rods. I was only able to do three casts with each rod because there were some people showing up at the football field (and I almost hit one of them in the head with a three-ounce no roll sinker).
Check out the video for more details and to see just how much farther the 9’6″ Chad Ferguson Signature Series Catfish Rod from Whisker Seeker Tackle casts than the 7’6″ model.