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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Fishing Advice for a Newb

I am thinking about starting fishing this year. Iíve fished a handful of times in the past while camping with friends, but it was using friendsí equipment and mimicking their actions. I want to do some local fishing (north suburban inland lakes) from shore and Lake Michigan from a personal water craft. With this decision, I come to CLSB with some questions:

What gear do I need to buy? I would like to have all the necessary items, but at the same time be a minimalist.
Should I focus on catching a specific fish on the inland lakes and on Lake Michigan?
Should I be concerned about eating any of the fish I catch?
I am reading of most people going out a dawn or dusk, is there any point of casting during the day?
Your tips for a newb on bait, techniques, locations, etc?

Iíve been doing a lot of reading and had numerous discussions on this topic, and am finding plethora of information so it is a little overwhelming. Hoping for more information in a Fishing for Dummies format.

Thanks!

Greg

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Costco has specials on the weekends for seafood . Thats how I go fishing .

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Costco has specials on the weekends for seafood . Thats how I go fishing .
Too funny Stan. I do plenty of that type of fishing as well. Now I am trying to expand my horizons a bit with a less expensive and hopefully relaxing hobby.

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Thanks Jason, I am growing quite fond of the princess setup.

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Too funny Stan. I do plenty of that type of fishing as well. Now I am trying to expand my horizons a bit with a less expensive and hopefully relaxing hobby.
There is a place in south milwaukee that a buddy of mine told me about , I will try to get some info for you .

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I am not a die hard fisherman by no means but I will say its all about your preference and experience. Are you really familiar with open cast rods? if not dont buy one. Go all about convienence for now. Simple isnt all that bad. What kind of fish are you going for? A nice cheap side shakespere(sp?) rod is all you need for lake, pond, stream fishing. Buy different pound lines for different weighted fish that you are going to go after. Lures and bait are a whole diff animal. Everyone has the secret bait just ask any fisherman. The best advice i can give you is know what you want to catch, research that equipment recommended and make your own decision. The one thing i will tell you to buy is the fishermans book for illinois (your region) at cabelas or dicks. Its spiral bound and looks like a road atlas but is VERY valuable!!!! It tells you all ponds, lakes, streams, as well as the type of fish and directions etc.

I still enjoy a lazy sunday morning with the kids using cane poles. Its all about you and your preferences. Its funny how i have $$$$'s wrapped up in tackle and poles but me and my daughter like finding a stick and tying a hook and string to it and shore fish!

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