Get the Job Done with B’n’M Poles
B’n’M knows rods. They should since they have been building them for more than 70 years. After years of experience with crappie fishing anglers, they recognized the need for good affordable rods for catfish anglers too. The design staff stays current with what anglers want by communicating with a carefully developed pro-staff. The Pro-staffers advise the company on how to build rods that help everyday catfishermen catch more catfish.
Two of those B’n’M Pro Staff Anglers are Jody and Brandy Atkins. The husband/wife team is well known in catfish circles for their ability to catch big cats. It is not unusual to see the Alabama couple on the leader boards at tournaments across the country.
Original Silver Cat
The original Silver Cat is still available as a great entry-level rod. It is in widespread use in spinning and casting models. The two-piece construction remains popular among anglers that want to take their rods down for storage. These 100 percent fiberglass rods provide sensitivity for bite detection and a glow-in-the-dark tip to help see those night bites. They are built with ceramic insert guides and are designed for 15- to 30-pound lines.
Silver Cat Magnum
The Silver Cat Magnum is built on a 90% carbon, 10% fiberglass blend to provide sensitively and extra backbone for trophy catfish anglers. The magnum series retains the two-piece construction and ceramic insert guides for smooth line flow. They come in a 10-foot model for when those longer casts are needed.
“We use the Silver Cat Magnum for dragging,” offered Jody. “Our choice is the 10 foot, 2-piece version. This rod allows us to put more distance between the boat and the bait. It also gives a better angle to pull over structure and run planner boards with ease when we need them. We love our Silver Cat Magnums.”
Silver Cat Magnum Pro-Staff Bumping Rod
As bumping became a favorite method of catching big cats by river fishermen, B’n’M went to the pro-staff for advice on what kind of rod was needed. The result is the Silver Cat Magnum Pro-Staff Bumping Rod.
There is only one model and that’s all you need. It went through several versions in the developmental stage and the result is a top-notch bumping rod used by many top pros. This rod has a stiffer blank than the original and is fitted with stainless steel guides and tips. It is built with sensitivity in mind and designed to battle the swifter current and those big catfish that bumping produces.
“We use the B’n’M Prostaff 7.5-foot Bumping rod,” revealed Brandy. “The rod is extra stiff with a great backbone. We love the weight too. It is light enough that you can bump all day long whether you are using 4- or 16-ounces of lead.”
Silver Cat Elite
The 7.5-foot one-piece Silver Cat Elite is designed specifically for suspend-drifting and anchoring. This type of fishing requires a rod with power and the Elite’s non-parabolic action provides it. It has a stiff backbone, but with a fast tip to see bites easily.
The Silver Cat Elite features a double-nut locking reel seat, Hi-vis tip, and a high-quality X-Grip handle that looks good and provides extra grip.
“We use the Silver Cat Elite for fishing on the ripe and drifting,” Brandy said. “We use this rod because it has the right balance when rigged with different size weights. We use anywhere from 4- to 10-ounce lead.”
“Also, when we are drifting with planner boards they pull them well,” added Jody. “And when it comes to landing a fish, they can handle any size catfish with ease.”
Where ever fishing takes you, B’n’M has been there. For information on B’n’M Catfish Tackle visit the website at www.bnmpoles.com or call at 1-800-647-6363. How-to videos and how-to articles are available on their website. You can also download a current catalog that includes the complete selection of products. Remember, they also offer replacement parts, just give them a call for whatever you need.