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Old January 15th, 2010, 08:08 PM   #1
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Fishing equipment

I used to fish a ton when I was in my teens and over the years I have lost it all. So I want to get back into fishing and I was at the Bass Pro shops today and almost had heart failure.

When did fishing become a rich mans sport.

Looks like i will be watching c/l and the for sale ad's.

Some of these reel's for $600+

Are these $30 combo's any good?
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Old January 15th, 2010, 09:35 PM   #2
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I'm assuming you're talking about during the warm season, right?

What kind of equipment are you looking at? Spinner reels or did you use bait casters? Elaborate a little and I'll try to help get you pointed in the right direction.
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Old January 16th, 2010, 12:39 PM   #3
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I am going to be looking at both spin cast and bait casting.

I used to have a huge arrangement of stuff, I have a set up pretty much for every type of fishing you can imagine

From u/l to flippin to walleye to musky

When you get married and have kids the equipment list cant be like it once was, at least not yet
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Old January 16th, 2010, 12:43 PM   #4
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I run $30 reels I have two and have been using them for two season they work great for $30 might have to replace them more often...but for $30 I cant complain....
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Old January 16th, 2010, 02:48 PM   #5
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I am going to be looking at both spin cast and bait casting.

I used to have a huge arrangement of stuff, I have a set up pretty much for every type of fishing you can imagine

From u/l to flippin to walleye to musky

When you get married and have kids the equipment list cant be like it once was, at least not yet
Yeah, things are getting expensive, and sadly the price you pay has begun to reflect quality.

Spinning reels you probably wont have any problems with for SOME of the cheaper ones. I'd suggest trying to find an Ugly Stick Rod and Reel combo. I bought one just for the rod itself, and put the Shimano Symetre I already had on it. But the reel it came with is fine. Gears are metal, and the drag is actually very smooth on it. That Combo costs about $40.

Baitcasters are pretty expensive, and as far as I could find during my research before I bought one, is that you don't want to skimp on them. You can find some pretty good deals on them right now though. I have an Abu Garcia Revo SX, which retails 169.99, but I got it for 109.99. A LOT of people really stand behind the Revo S's and SX's. Shimano Curado's and Citica's are also pretty highly praised, but I'm not sure what they are going for these days. I had a Citica before the Revo, but I was not aware how the brakes worked, so I was backlashing a lot and decided to return it for a spinning reel so that I wouldn't have tangle problems. Then I bought the Revo because I really liked the baitcasters. I guess it depends on if you go for the low profile kind instead of the round ones though. I don't know much about the round body ones.


Now that I know how the centrifugal brakes work, I wouldn't worry about buying a Citica or Curado again.

As for Rods, I have no experience with high end rods, so I can't say how they compare. I've had no problems with my Ugly Stick, never missed a fish on it this summer. I also had a 7' Berkley Lightning Rod, which was a fast action so it was stiff. But also VERY sensitive. I run 50# braid and a 6 foot long 14# mono leader on it which made it nearly impossible to miss a fish.

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Old January 17th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #6
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I bought a shimano sidestab reel when I was in the 6th grade, I keep it clean and lube everything once a year, it's going on 15+ years old. I think I paid $35 for it.

Ugly sticks are my rod of choice, fairly cheap, durable, and have never had an issue with one.

I've picked up a couple of the $25-35 combo's from walmart, in the ultra light variety, the one that I have now is about 5-7 seasons old, no issues yet, but it is definitely not as nice as my other set ups, but does the trick just fine.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 06:34 PM   #7
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Old January 17th, 2010, 06:49 PM   #8
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I was thinking of looking for some 5000 series abu garcia ambassador's for baitcasting, i used to use them and they were good reals.

I have never used a ugly stick, but I have heard they are priced right and hold up well.

It is these lures that are going to break the bank, i might just have to stick to hooks and sinkers
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:36 PM   #9
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I was thinking of looking for some 5000 series abu garcia ambassador's for baitcasting, i used to use them and they were good reals.

I have never used a ugly stick, but I have heard they are priced right and hold up well.

It is these lures that are going to break the bank, i might just have to stick to hooks and sinkers
If you like round bodies, I'd take a look at the Ambassadeur C3's. They are just under 100, and have brakes to help keep you from backlashing while you break that thumb back in. I've heard of people using the C3's for Muskie, so I imagine that might be the best pick if you end up buying new. The rating system on Bass Pro has them rated at 4.9 out of 5 after 94 reviewers. Thats a pretty damn good record. I'm actually thinking of picking one up myself because they have a slower retrieve rate which would be good for cranks and running spinner baits in the deep. My Revo has the higher 7.1:1 retrieve, which makes it easier on my wrist fishing buzz baits, but its just weird to fish things slowly with such a high retrieve.


But yeah, bait has gotten kind of expensive. I dunno if there's a Gander Mountain near you, but they have a lot of items through their own line now that might save you anywhere from 1-4 dollars a piece for whatever bait you're looking at. They have their own soft baits that are sometimes half the cost of the big names, their Spinner baits are usually only 1.99 a piece with quite a variety of types, all of my skirt jigs are their brand, and they have a few other things as well.

As for cranks, I hardly buy Rapala. They have quite an ego to want 5-10 dollars for a single bait. I think I only have about 10 Rapala's total, which I've bought over the last 3 years or so. Mainly because they had certain ones I haven't seen by anyone else. But they haven't produced any better than the Strike King, Bomber, or Storm crank baits that I have.

Its just a matter of going in and spending 20 bucks for some necessity baits whenever you have the spare cash and are passing by the shop.

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Old January 18th, 2010, 08:04 AM   #10
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Get a $50 Shimano or Abu Garcia reel and an Ugly Stik and you'll be set for a long time for under $100. I wouldn't get a $35 combo job personally. Check out garage sales for old tackle, because the old stuff still works just fine. The lures are definitely expensive.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 05:12 PM   #11
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I wouldn't buy a baitcaster that was under a $100. The only one around $100 I would buy would be the Revo S. Under $200,again any Revo S or Sx. Quantum energy pt is a nice one too. As for rods, I used ugly stiks and then decided to buy a fairly expensive St. Croix one day and haven't looked back. I now own a bunch of St. Croix's. $50/ea. and under I would go with Berkely lightning rods or ugly stiks. Around $100/ea. you can get St. Croix mojo bass rods. It all depends on how much you fish and how often you like to switch types of lures. I like to have a rod on the boat for different lure types. As far as the bait goes, do yourself a favor and go on www.alluringbaits.com to get your soft plastics. Really cheap prices. Hard baits are all preference, some like storm,strike king(less than$6/Ea) . Others like Yo-zuri and lucky craft($10-20/ea.) Rapala are middle of the road as far as price goes. Personally I use all of the baits I mentioned,they each have their place. Good luck, its addicting.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 05:19 PM   #12
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I wouldn't buy a baitcaster that was under a $100. The only one around $100 I would buy would be the Revo S. Under $200,again any Revo S or Sx. Quantum energy pt is a nice one too. As for rods, I used ugly stiks and then decided to buy a fairly expensive St. Croix one day and haven't looked back. I now own a bunch of St. Croix's. $50/ea. and under I would go with Berkely lightning rods or ugly stiks. Around $100/ea. you can get St. Croix mojo bass rods. It all depends on how much you fish and how often you like to switch types of lures. I like to have a rod on the boat for different lure types. As far as the bait goes, do yourself a favor and go on www.alluringbaits.com to get your soft plastics. Really cheap prices. Hard baits are all preference, some like storm,strike king(less than$6/Ea) . Others like Yo-zuri and lucky craft($10-20/ea.) Rapala are middle of the road as far as price goes. Personally I use all of the baits I mentioned,they each have their place. Good luck, its addicting.
thanks for the link, they are priced very good
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Old January 26th, 2010, 05:25 PM   #13
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I wouldn't buy a baitcaster that was under a $100. The only one around $100 I would buy would be the Revo S. Under $200,again any Revo S or Sx. Quantum energy pt is a nice one too. As for rods, I used ugly stiks and then decided to buy a fairly expensive St. Croix one day and haven't looked back. I now own a bunch of St. Croix's. $50/ea. and under I would go with Berkely lightning rods or ugly stiks. Around $100/ea. you can get St. Croix mojo bass rods. It all depends on how much you fish and how often you like to switch types of lures. I like to have a rod on the boat for different lure types. As far as the bait goes, do yourself a favor and go on www.alluringbaits.com to get your soft plastics. Really cheap prices. Hard baits are all preference, some like storm,strike king(less than$6/Ea) . Others like Yo-zuri and lucky craft($10-20/ea.) Rapala are middle of the road as far as price goes. Personally I use all of the baits I mentioned,they each have their place. Good luck, its addicting.
X 2 I fish a lot a completely agree with all of this...I definately wouldn't waste my time with a cheap baitcaster...and I love my Mojo Bass I'll prolly have to pick up a at least one more this summer.
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