I bought my first big baitcasting reel today to mount on my wicked Cat Claw catfish rod (tthepikester).... It's a very nice reel, super smooth, level wind, loud bait clicker. Shakespeare Tidewater.
Love it! Feels great, smooth action, very well built. HOWEVER---
It does not feel very secure in the reel seat. It's mounted in there, but I would not feel comfortable hooking up with a 40+ lb blue cat with this mounted as it is. Here's the backside of the reel.
As you can see, it has two slots to add a mounting bracket which wraps around the rod. The reel did not come with this bracket.
Can these be made out of stuff from the hardware store, or is it better to order them online? Seems like you'd want to find one that fit just right, and I'm not confident in ordering something from an online source in this particular case. How would I know it would fit snugly?
Anyway, just wanted to share. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.