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ryan_8099
03-15-2012, 11:03 AM
I haven't seen anything about fishing brought up since I've been a member, but I am hoping someone can give me some advice.

Looking to buy just an entry level rod/reel combo and I have no idea about fishing stuff. Basically, I just want to sit on our dock and fish when I can't wakeboard. I just want it to work and will probably just throw on worms most of the time. Price range around $30-50. Here are 3 I found online, any help would be appreciated.

http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-One-Piece-Ultra-Light-Action/dp/B0000ATI09/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-One-Piece-Action-Synergy-4-Feet/dp/B000ODNDMK/ref=sr_1_12?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1331819118&sr=1-12

http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Two-Piece-Light-Action-Bearing/dp/B0030FXDSS/ref=sr_1_12?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1331819369&sr=1-12

chawk610
03-15-2012, 11:12 AM
you know Ryan, I have been fishing most of my life. Baitcasters, v-spools, etc...for my money anymore if I just want to sit and sip a beer with my line in the water...just a good ole' Zebco 33. They are "fool" proof no brainer set ups. Just set the drag and open a beer.
http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11122011&cp=4406646.4413993.4414792.4414799.4414833

WaterBullDawg1980
03-15-2012, 11:40 AM
you know Ryan, I have been fishing most of my life. Baitcasters, v-spools, etc...for my money anymore if I just want to sit and sip a beer with my line in the water...just a good ole' Zebco 33. They are "fool" proof no brainer set ups. Just set the drag and open a beer.
http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11122011&cp=4406646.4413993.4414792.4414799.4414833

This. Cant beat em.

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ryan_8099
03-15-2012, 11:43 AM
you know Ryan, I have been fishing most of my life. Baitcasters, v-spools, etc...for my money anymore if I just want to sit and sip a beer with my line in the water...just a good ole' Zebco 33. They are "fool" proof no brainer set ups. Just set the drag and open a beer.
http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11122011&cp=4406646.4413993.4414792.4414799.4414833

I was told to get an open reel one (not even sure if that's what it is called) I have used one before and had no issues. Thoughts on that?

chawk610
03-15-2012, 12:02 PM
I think with little exp... you are gonna have backlash issues. You are talking about open face or v-spool. For the money, you can get your kids the same set ups.

ryan_8099
03-15-2012, 12:13 PM
I think with little exp... you are gonna have backlash issues. You are talking about open face or v-spool. For the money, you can get your kids the same set ups.

Lol, not the "K" word! I'm only 23 and very single :D

Found it for $22 http://www.amazon.com/Zebco-Spincast-Combo-Fishing-Pole/dp/B000LNP1KU/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Some mixed reviews, but maybe I'll just go with it.

chawk610
03-15-2012, 12:27 PM
oops, sorry! :P If nothing else... get it, then if you outgrow it toss it in the attic. I know of no fishermen with only one set up!

chawk610
03-15-2012, 12:28 PM
Yea, the dealio is they used to be made with steel gears and were bulletproof. They are plastic gears now... Shakespear makes a nice combo with UglyStick rod. Just go to Academy or Walmart.

sandm
03-15-2012, 12:45 PM
I bought a $40 setup from sportsmans warehouse. didn't want to buy the cheapest at around $20. been a good setup, but I would prefer a closed face. I haven't changed the line in 3 years and had a lot of "loops" show up last year. I would think new line every year or a closed face would prevent that issue.

I only use it when chillin in the am/pm at the dock and probably haven't caught more than 15 fish, but it's a good activity to sip a beer and pass the time with the other half.

newty
03-15-2012, 12:49 PM
We really need to know the average size and kind of fish you expect to catch off your dock. You can get a set-up that may work better bassed on that info.
for example, lake trout, smallmouth, perch, smaller catfish, etc I'd go with ultralight gear.
Walley, larger cats, largemouth, etc maybe go with a little heavier gear.
The 303 will probably be your best bet and help you get an idea of where to go next.

ryan_8099
03-15-2012, 12:58 PM
We really need to know the average size and kind of fish you expect to catch off your dock. You can get a set-up that may work better bassed on that info.
for example, lake trout, smallmouth, perch, smaller catfish, etc I'd go with ultralight gear.
Walley, larger cats, largemouth, etc maybe go with a little heavier gear.
The 303 will probably be your best bet and help you get an idea of where to go next.

I have only caught bluegill and rockbass on our lakes. It is fairly shallow even further out from our dock.

According to the chain website there are:

Fish Types:
Muskie
Northern Pike
Walleye
Largemouth Bass
Panfish
Trout
Smallmouth Bass

If anyone is interested in learning more about our lakes: http://waupacachainolakes.org/lakeinformation.aspx

Also looking at this one: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Shakespeare-Ugly-Stick-Spinning-Complete-Kit/10298922

KG's Supra24
03-15-2012, 02:38 PM
What are y'all talking about?

I needed a pic of this activity from your wakeboat so I can see what is going on.

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KSmith
03-15-2012, 02:42 PM
For basic off the dock fishing the zebco combos mentioned before are rock solid. Basic, easy to use, durable, effective and resonably priced