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[–] Mustard_of_puppets 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Go to a tackle shop, talk to the guy working get him to show you some rods and reels, feel them out and see what you like, just don't buy the cheapest one.

Things you'll want to look for and consider are the legnth, you want something around 7 ft long, medium action, and probably with a medium to medium/light tip.

As for a reel, it all depends on what your preference is. I like spinning reels myself I've always been partial to the Mitchell 300. I have 3 of them that have lasted me over 25 years now.

Line is a preference too, I like monofilament, whatever you choose you'll want something in the 10-15lb test range most likely.

Tackle, just go with the flow you'll never have enough but should always have what you need.

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[–] GoogleStoleMyBike [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Just the type of answer I'm looking for. Thanks a lot!

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[–] TuxInATornado 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

What kind of fishing do you enjoy? Lake, stream, river, drift boat, surf?

Depending on the fishing you like to do i would change my answer for gear. Shops are expensive unless you are really into it. Did you like what you borrowed from your friend?

If you have the time fishing gear shows up in yard and junk sales a lot. If you do a bit of research and have an idea what you want I bet you could do well.

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[–] GoogleStoleMyBike [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'll be fishing a big lake near me. Good point on the yard sales. I was thinking about that or craigslist last week. Thanks!

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[–] AnmanIndustries 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You can use literally anything. If youre using a sinker you might as well just get some collapsible rod that comes in a plastic packet. A basic tackle box with spare sinkers, hooks and a knife and then just go out and fish. You will figure out what youre missing and then you can get it after wards. But with a rod (that already has a reel and line) you dont need much to get started beyond spare sinkers and hooks.

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[–] GoogleStoleMyBike [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Nothing beats just getting out there, I agree. I know my kit will grow over the years, so I'm not too concerned with buying all the fanciest lures and such straight away. I'll build my taklebox with time.

Thanks for the motivation to just get out there, I appreciate it.

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[–] Beastacles 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I would add a variety of hook sizes and good quality.

Floats or bobbers. I prefer slip bobbers, check them out.

When you want to step up little, start picking up plastic worms (Texas style hooks for these), and crank-baits(Rapalas, rattle traps, etc) The latter get expensive quick.

Good luck, and have fun!

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[–] GoogleStoleMyBike [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Sounds like a great starting point, thanks!

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[–] Artofchoke 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Hey. I'm late, but recently got a pole from that Wal-Mart place and it's pretty fantastic - brand is Shakespeare, ran about 20$ - works great, no problems thus far.

Every time I hit the bait shop, I get more tackle. Definitely ask what's good, they'll talk your ear off in the local shops, much to learn. ♡♡♡

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[–] R34p_Th3_Wh0r1w1nd 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Late to the party. There is no substitute of a high quality rod and reel. It's like night and day, for a fishing experience. I personally like open face reels with a baitrunner/live runner feature. Pole should be single piece with at least 9 eyes. I would also suggest a quality hard case to protect your pole during travel.

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[–] goathunter 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Buy an Ugly Stick. They even sell one with a rod/reel combo, but at least for the rod, I highly recommend it. They're extremely cheap, can be found at Walmart, and are very durable. It's my favorite rod for beginners, and even though I've been fishing for several years, I can't justify spending more money when my Ugly Stick catches tons of fish. I bought a rod for around $20, and I prefer it to rods that I spent $100 on.

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[–] VaginalCanal 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Sign up for the mystery tackle box.

Best investment I've made.

Get lures monthly

Just waiting on the weather to break

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