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    My first set of fishing gear, advice

    I have only fished half a dozen times in my life. I have no clue what im doing. I also have no friends that fish. I have been wanting to take up fishing for years, and decided to make the leap this summer. I'm in nwi, and I'm in need of everything. What are some good routes to go as far as rod and reel? I know there is lots to learn and like guns I have a feeling you get what you pay for. Cheap gear can ruin and turn someone away from the experience.

    I'm not looking to break the bank, in case it's not my thing. But I also don't want the hi point equivalent. Any advice or pointed in the right direction would be appreciated. Once again, I'm clueless, its ok to talk to me like a dummy this once..

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    As with most things, you can get by with basic utilitarian equipment which will get the job done. Spend a bit more and get the job done with fewer hassles. You can also spend a bunch and enjoy the feeling of well oiled machinery and ultra sensitive rods which allow you to feel every little bump in the water.

    Spinning reels are the most versatile and easy to learn in my opinion. Go to a Cabela's or Bass Pro Shops where you can pick them up, turn the handle and feel how they operate. Generally speaking the more ball bearings the smoother and better feeling a reel will be. More money gets you more bearings, things like infinite anti-reverse and the ability to fine tune your drag. You don't have to spend a ton, technology has advanced to where really decent quality is pretty affordable but there is definitely a difference between the high end and low end reels.

    Rods take a bit longer to really get a feel for what you want/like/need in my opinion. Like golf clubs, they can be very task specific. Honestly I'd talk to the guys working at Bass Pro or Cabela's about what you're wanting to do and they should steer you in a safe direction.

    What type of fishing/species are you considering chasing? That will largely dictate what you should go with.
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    That's another thing. I'm not sure what I'd be going after. I know it gets very specific. Is there any; does everything good, nothing great, setup that I could start with. Then as I get an idea, go from there? Or should that be my starting point? Figure out exactly what I'm going after first?

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    Youtube is your friend or your local bait and tackle shop, avoid the big name box stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesix View Post
    Youtube is your friend or your local bait and tackle shop, avoid the big name box stores.

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    For a basic starting point a spincast or spinning reel combo works well for most local fishing purposes. spincast is enclosed while spinning is an open faced reel. As stated above more ball bearings equals smoother performance a good starting price for combo rod and reel in ultra light up to medium light, figure 6 or 8lb test line, $50-$75 will get you very usable combo.

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    Been fishing a long time also in NWI. I would sugest going with a medium weight rod 6'6 or a 6'9 and a decent spinning reel. If you don't care about catfish or northern a 6"9 medium light would be even better. More balance and lighter weight. Some reels come with several spools. You can line up heavier for catfish or bass and then switch out and go lighter for panfish. That outfit would get you where you want to go. If you dig fishing you will develop a style and possibly a species and branch out to more specific setups.

    Brands to look at would be Fenwick, Abu, Lews, Berkley. Walmart actually has some decent stuff. On line retailers like Tackle warehouse are good. I stay away from the Bass Pro. Ive also gotten a lot of top notch tackle and gear from garage sales.

    Fish with as many people as you can you will learn something from each person.
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    I was going to head to cabelas tomorrow. I'll plan to walk out with ideas and go from there. It looks like I am within the budget I was hoping for. I will be getting my fishing license at the very least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesix View Post
    Youtube is your friend or your local bait and tackle shop, avoid the big name box stores.
    Quick and to the point. But he spoke plainly and to the point. Thanks for the link.

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    I know some people wonít agree with my comments but I love to fish so maybe I am different. I donít care if I am catching small bluegills all day or 6 pond small mouths in Minnesota. I probably have the most fun going fishing before the sun comes up. I grab a can of worms and an old cane pole with a cork and the most important a cup of coffee. I get set up about an hour before sunrise and watch the sunrise listen to all the animals and for a bonus catch some fish. I own a bunch of rods and reels from St. Croix to zebco to cane and they all work great depending on the situation. If I had to buy one rod and reel to last me the rest of my life it would probably be a Zebco 33 combo.

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