Blackhorse custom rods have been a mainstay in the catfishing industry for a long while. Owned by Lyle Stokes, Blackhorse rods have always fit the bill when it came to anglers wanting a functional rod, fully customized at a desirable and competitive price point.
A few qualities that I desire in a rod specialized in taming trophy catfish:
Backbone – Gotta have it. It’s as simple as that. A rod without enough power to bear down on a big fish and get it turned in my desired direction allows the fish has the upper hand before it even knows that it’s hooked! 75% of the time I am fishing with the reels in free spool and the clicker on, a 7/0 Kahle hook through the back of my select baitfish just waiting for me to drive it home, into the mouth of grandpa Flathead. Backbone allows me to hook and stop a fish that is swimming off at a steady pace. The Blackhorse has plenty of backbone and it helped me to land multiple trophy flatheads in 2014. (Including the 49lb fish pictured above)
Forgiveness – Also a must-have when fishing for trophy catfish. When using low stretch or braided line, there are two connection points that allow room for error. The rod and the drag system on the reel. A rod that flexes passed the first few guides allows the angler to keep ample pressure on the fish and also doesn’t allow the fish to shake the hook free, is highly desired. Many trophy catfish are lost close to the net by simply shaking the hook free because there isn’t any flexibility to absorb the shock created when these fish surge.
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