Catfish Gear Sept 2020 Tackle

Catfish Gear #032 — B’n’M Poles for Kayaks



Kayak Anglers Choose B’n’M Poles


B’n’M knows rods. They should since they have been building them for more than 70 years. The design staff stays current with what anglers want by communicating with a carefully developed pro-staff, including kayak anglers. The Pro-staff advises the company on how to build rods that help everyday catfishermen catch more catfish.

The original Silver Cat is still available and 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 line.

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.

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.

Tim Peppers switched to the B’n’M Silver Cat Elite because he was looking for more backbone.

As more kayak anglers get into catfishing, they are also discovering B’n’M Poles. Tim Peppers is a case in point. After discovering that his first rods just didn’t have the backbone he needed, and after breaking a couple of others, he came across the B’n’M Silver Cat Elite.

“I was at Nellie’s Wilbanks Auction and ran across a B’n’M Elite series rod,” explained Peppers. “After breaking two rods and not having enough backbone in another, I was ready for a change and bought it. I started using it to drift with and It has held  up great.”

Peppers is now a B’n’M prostaff angler who fishes from a kayak that is fully equipped with Silver Cat Elite rods all the way around his kayak.

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.

“I can say with all honesty that the Elite can take a beating and still perform great,” Peppers said. “I love the Elite series rods from B’n’M, either in my kayak or a powerboat!”

Alex Kobes is another avid catfish angler that has discovered the effectiveness of B’n’M rods on his kayak.

“Proper rod selection is a huge part of my success,” confirmed Kobes. “When I’m catfishing from my kayak, I need a rod with a backbone strong enough to pull in true monsters, a metal reel seat that I know won’t fail, and a tip section that is sensitive enough to let me see those subtle flathead bites. I found all of these attributes in the “B’n’M Silver Cat Elite” rod series.”

“I pair them with an open-faced spinning reel,” continued Kobes. “They perform best when suspended drift fishing or classic anchoring. Grab one today and get out there fishing, you won’t be disappointed!

Where ever fishing takes you, B’n’M has been there. For information on B’n’M Catfish Tackle visit the website at 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.

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