I just gotta say something.

Jessica & Angelo

Having the latest fishing gear is a good thing, smoother reels, better action rods, great looking boat etc.....But the only thing i just wanna say is that all because you have a $200 baitcast reel or $15K boat, $150 rod, it does mean that you guna catch fish...Im just saying this because i wanna get it off my mind, about 2months ago this guy was using the same kinda rod and reel i was (Utlra-Light $20 at wal-mart). He comes up to me begins talking he's telling me that "Oh im not catching nothing cuz this is a cheap wal-mart rod and reel" than he is telling me about the Shimano baitcast reel i dont know the guy said it was like $180 reel, so i told the dude your crazy i been using that same rod and reel in your hand for the past year and i have no problem catching bass or whatever im fishing for... I just wanna say it's not the equipment you have to make you catch fish, it's all about your knowledge about fishing!  

Posted by Jessica & Angelo Elite Member created over 9 years ago - last updated over 9 years ago
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AD37 .....

i agree you need good strategy and adapt with other tactics if not initially successful...BUT owning modern gear helps...NO WAY you are continuously casting a rattletrap 75-100yrds without a modern high end baitcaster....You need BOTH today....think of fishing today WITHOUT kayaks??  Its both elements....

Posted by AD37 ..... Expert Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

Henry V

You can catch fish with any rod and reel, but you can't catch them with knowledge alone. However, derive as much pleasure from "figuring them out" as I do from using a nice rig, and maybe more. Let's admit it, the chase is sometimes better than the catch.

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

Dennis Huskins

Well said Henry. I just love it when I cast to a spot, hit it right, and say "That's where I would be if I was a nice preditor fish" and I connect! What a feeling!

Posted by Dennis Huskins Elite Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

Noah Buchan

i couldnt agree more. 90% of all my fishing and hunting gear is from walmart.

Posted by Noah Buchan Expert Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

Lenny Trout

I think that instinct may be even more important than knowledge. A good angler plays a hunch about a spot or a lure or a time of day...and gets the fish!

Expensive equipment means very little; as long as one has the "proper" equipment and a moderate amount of passion, one is lovin' life.

Posted by Lenny Trout Elite Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

Felipe Micklon

the bass in my avatar was caught on a silver max abu garcia baitcast on a $20 shakespear. logans spare(from wal mart)

Posted by Felipe Micklon Expert Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

BassfishingOps.com Tim

I totally agree with the topic, and had used inexpensive gear for years before I gradually invested in the higher end equipment, BUT..... I have to kindly resist all of the wal-mart promotion.  I hate to see all of the small tackle shops (along with every other small american business) go under because of the unpatriotic empire of wal-mart.  I wish I could try and influence more people to support local business, and avoid the temptations of low cost and convience at the expense of low wages, no ownership, and outsourced American labor force.  Great topic though.  I like Lenny Trout's comment that "proper equipment" is more important than expensive equipment.

Posted by BassfishingOps.com Tim over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

Joe Brown

I aree with Tim. I've bought gear at big box stores, but it never comes with any of the local fishing advice you can get at the mom & pops. Unfortunately, they are getting tougher to find. 

Posted by Joe Brown Expert Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

Joe Pych

I'm getting more minimalist in the tackle box - smaller box with fewer better lures.  Most important thing - good sharp hooks!  I hate to lose a fish and I always over-spend on the hooks.

Posted by Joe Pych Elite Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

Good point, personally, I don't spend much on freshwater gear. But when buying saltwater gear, I'll be willing to spend some money.

Posted by Luc Chown Expert Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

My Best Pole is a Graphite i bought in the 80s, last summer broke the tip and repaired it myself, it is as good as new, this one cost me a lot then, i remember my Ex -Wife complaining ,as i told her how long it would last, and I still have the Rod and not that Wife ! lol. Point is if you want to keep your equiptment a long time with good service then it is worth it . I like my Rod better than 95% of the Junk i see them sell for a lot of money today . This Rod is a Lamiglass. When i bought it , i really did not know how great it would be , i was Dam lucky that i had some good advice , i did spend a lot of time at that store , it was time well spent .

Now i gotta find a good Bait casting Reel to play with ! ANy Ideas ??

Posted by Aj Shapiro over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

Daniel Plaza

hay aj i always liked abu garcia or quantum they make reels that are inexpensive and then they can get pricy/  the abu garcia cardinal reel is a nice reel check out big five or walmart places like that would carry them/    but ya i agree with less expensive tackle it still works great. ugly sick for example 38 bucks apx and it can be bent to a pretzel with out breaking. but some times the expensive stuff dose perform better in sinsitvity i own a gloomis that i feel i could hook a sand flee on. but my ugly stick has caught more fish.

Posted by Daniel Plaza Elite Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

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