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Recommend me a fishing pole

So my friend is going fishing and needs a fishing pole. I know there are some avid fishermen on here so lets see what you guys recommend. My friend only goes fishing occasionally so he wants to keep it cheap. Budget is $50 and it needs to handle a 20lb fish.

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St. Croix or G-Loomis if he wants a GOOD rod.
If he wants to keep it cheap get a Zebco combo for under $50. It all depends what he wants to do.

What kind of fish is he fishing for, what kind of lure, is he bait fishing, is it for him or the kid???

Details man!!!!!

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Without knowing too much more, here's my vote:

http://www.nextag.com/Shimano-Spirex...37/prices-html

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St. Croix or G-Loomis if he wants a GOOD rod.
If he wants to keep it cheap get a Zebco combo for under $50. It all depends what he wants to do.

What kind of fish is he fishing for, what kind of lure, is he bait fishing, is it for him or the kid???

Details man!!!!!
Its for him, he is like 24. He is going to some lake up north near WI to fish. He said he was going to try and catch some catfish. Don't know if he is using lure or bait.

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CATFISH!!!!!!!!!

That changes everything. I'm not a catfisherman. I know depending on teh size he may need a stout rod and reel combo... NOT what G-Loomis or st. Croix are known for. Nor is teh set up above. Sorry man, I'm outta this converstaion.

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I'm assuming he's a novice at this sport. Anything around $20-30 from Fish Tech, Dicks, or Sports Authority will suffice.

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I'm assuming he's a novice at this sport. Anything around $20-30 from Fish Tech, Dicks, or Sports Authority will suffice.
This is true, he is a novice. I think he was mostly worried about the rod not being strong enough for the fish.

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This is true, he is a novice. I think he was mostly worried about the rod not being strong enough for the fish.
There should be a label on the rod with the max weight support. If not, ask a good rep. Check out Fishtech (formerly Ed Shirley's) in your neighborhood. Great store.

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if you want to catch catfish just get some slices of bread and a net.

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was about to ask a similar question myself.

What about lures and shit?

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So my friend is going fishing and needs a fishing pole. I know there are some avid fishermen on here so lets see what you guys recommend. My friend only goes fishing occasionally so he wants to keep it cheap. Budget is $50 and it needs to handle a 20lb fish.
Tell him to go to Bass Pro shop and tell one of the guys at the counter what he is looking for. They will put together the best combo they can for his budget and get him the right rod/reel combo. They will even spool up the line for him.

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was about to ask a similar question myself.

What about lures and shit?
I was wondering about that too. I was under the impression you just got a hook and stuck a worm on there.

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Ever type of fish and every body of water has its own preference regarding bait.
The standard is night crawlers or minnows. However, in order to get a good catch you have to know the right spot and use the right bait.
For example, catfish like to hangout in wooded areas and love smelly/doughy bait (i.g. chicken liver or dough balls with a coating of certain smell).

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Bump.

Long story short, my Dad is moving to Shelbyville, where they have a very large man made lake to fish in. I'm sad that they are going 5 hours south, but I'd like to get him a good ~$100 rod and reel as a going away gift.

Is hitting Bass Pro still a good idea? There is one literally within walking distance from my house.

Anyone fished that lake, and have an idea of how I can set him up for it?

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Bump.

Long story short, my Dad is moving to Shelbyville, where they have a very large man made lake to fish in. I'm sad that they are going 5 hours south, but I'd like to get him a good ~$100 rod and reel as a going away gift.

Is hitting Bass Pro still a good idea? There is one literally within walking distance from my house.

Anyone fished that lake, and have an idea of how I can set him up for it?
Great lake, here is a link to a local fishing report, with this info somenone at Bass should be able to help you find what to get him.

http://www.lakeshelbyvilleguide.com/fishing.php

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Thanks, I just stumbled into that page as you posted it.

Since Dad is leaving at the end of the month, he's getting a Rod and Reel as a Fathers Day gift/Going Away Gift from Bass Pro.

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I think he'd like a boat to go with that fishing gear.

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do you mean $50.00 for just the rod or $50.00 for a combo?

I'd say go with:
http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/st...003000_100-3-2

this one, 38-951-954-05

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i got mine at walmart 4yrs ago and still working great and abouts 50 for combo. my cuz broke both of his poles within 15 mins on the last trip that he spent over 200 for

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I think he'd like a boat to go with that fishing gear.
Yeah, not only could I not afford a boat, but they would have no way to transport it. They are moving out there because my Sis and her kids are out that way. The Brother-In-Law fishes a lot, so I want to make sure I get something the BIL isn't going to laugh at and toss in the lake.


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do you mean $50.00 for just the rod or $50.00 for a combo?

I'd say go with:
http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/st...003000_100-3-2

this one, 38-951-954-05

6'6" Med Heavy
Thanks for that. That's well within my price range, and should help my Dad get started.

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Then your BIL should have a boat, better for your dad, no maintenance costs.

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I think he'd like a boat to go with that fishing gear.
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My friend and I ended up going to Cabelas and bought a rod/reel combo for $20. They had a bunch of them there for different types of fish. The guy at Cabelas seemed to really know his stuff.

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My friend and I ended up going to Cabelas and bought a rod/reel combo for $20. They had a bunch of them there for different types of fish. The guy at Cabelas seemed to really know his stuff.
Bring some catfish to work for me. :P
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