Designed specifically for catching catfish, Shakespeare's Ugly Stik Catfish Spinning Rod has one of the best actions and construction for nailing the big one. This rod features the Ugly Stik Clear Tip to feel the tiniest of nibbles, along with a blank-through-handle build for added strength and sensitivity. Its medium-heavy actions are great for long casts and fighting catfish. A comfortable EVA handle with rubber gimbal for all-day or night fishing, as well as Ugly Tuff one-piece stainless steel guides, and conventional reel seat. Backed by the exclusive "Ugly Back" 70-day/7-year warranty.
I have started trolling off the beach for bigger fish. Right now I am using an older Abu Garcia Ambassaduer with the bait alert and an Ugly Stik Catfish rod.
Anchor above the eddy you intend to fish, cast to the spot and let the reel free-spool until the weight hits bottom. Strikes usually come quick and hard, so use heavy tackle. A 7- or 8-foot rod with a soft tip such as the Shakespeare Ugly Stik catfish rod would be ideal. A rod such as this has enough backbone to parry the aggression of a large fish, but the tip allows the fish to take the bait without immediately feeling the tension of the rod itself. Marry this rod to a reel with strong gears, and you’re in business. And since the bites from river catfish can be aggressive, keep a firm grip on the rod at all times. One moment of inattention could cost you the catfish of a lifetime.