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EFTTEX Awards 2017

The EFTTEX Best New Product Awards 2017

The Freestyle Catfish is a true all-round catfish rod with a length of 2.80m and a casting weight of 300gr.

The rod, which is designed for both shore and drift fishing, is the personal favourite of chief field tester Stefan Seuß, who has caught catfish exceeding 100 kg. Stefan loves the parabolic action, which he says ensures that more catfish are successfully landed.

Although the action is described as parabolic, the rod has more than enough power to turn even the strongest cats in big rivers like the Po or Ebro.

This two-piece rod comes in a distinctive yellow-black design, which matches the colours of the Black Cat logo, and features an ultra strong ALPS reel seat plus strong ‘MN’ type SIC guides.

The blank is constructed using Toray high performance Carbon and Durafibre (DF) material complemented by a BRC Fuji Butt Cap (strong-soft) and ultra hard EVA handles.

The use of the Durafibre material makes the rod extremely strong and as a result Zebco Europe offers a lifetime warranty on the blank. Despite its strength, the Freestyle Catfish is light and feels like a pure carbon rod of the same length – but it is said to be much stronger.

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