Gearing up for Mississippi River catfishing

When I climbed into the cab of Jim Danley’s pickup truck to go fishing, I happened to glance into the truck’s bed and spied his fishing rods.

They looked like tuna rods.

“Man, that’s some big rods,” I mumbled to him.

“If you’re going to catch big fish, you need something to bring them in with,” Danley said with a grin.

His preferred reel is a Penn Sargus 6000, although he admits that he will use other brands of heavy duty saltwater spinning reels.

The reels are spooled with 65-pound PowerPro braided line.

His terminal tackle includes a 4/0 kahle hook and a 4-ounce egg sinker.

He ties the sinker to the end of the line. About 18 inches above the sinker, he knots a 6-inch loop in the line to make a dropper. The eye of the hook is looped on the dropper.

His rods are 9- to 12-foot-long, heavy action models.

“That’s because I catch heavy fish,” he said, while throwing an evilly competitive eye on Scott Lewis, his fishing partner.

The heavy sinkers and the long rods allow him to cast out half of the line on the reel’s spool.

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Jerald Horst is a retired Louisiana State University professor of fisheries. He is an active writer, book author and outdoorsman.