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Old 03-04-2009, 01:05 AM
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hey guys i have a question abouit fishing rods
i am looking to buy a new rod but am confused on what type to buy
i was intrested in a penn rod with a penn gto220 reel
now what i am confused about it can i use this rod and reel for like bridge fishing and off the rocks fishing i do not have a boat so pleast let me know
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:08 AM
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Looks to me like you're about to buy a boat setup. Not a good idea for fishing the rocks.

Do a site search, this topic has been covered here 100 times and there is a massive amount of information to be had.

After you've done your searches come back with some specific questions and we'll help you narrow down your choices.
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:13 AM
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ok so here are some specifics

i am wondering what size rod

what action

i am wodneriing if i can use a conventional reel for my type of fishing?

and last but not least what woyuld be a good choice for striper and bluefish
i dont want to buy something that is nopt going to be good enoiugh for that fish
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Old 03-04-2009, 12:32 PM
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you can use anything you want to fish with. pier/bridge/fishing could use that set-up "although that reel is predominantly a trolling reel. i use a penn conventional to horse fish out of rocks and heavy structure but are you new to fishing? can you cast a conventional? this patience i have for you guys has shown me humility tenfold..... seems you may be worried about price of reels and rods/// what do you plan on spending to begin with is more the question at hand.. don't put the cart before the horse and buy just anything. you have plenty of time to make an EDUCATED decision. continue to ask. my personal advise is to get a 9 or 10' rod and pair it up with a sturdy spinning reeel. with that said, the prices of the aforementioned suggestion will be various. no sense in suggesting anything till you know what you can afford to spend,



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Old 03-04-2009, 10:55 PM
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well i just started fishing hard last year. i am now 28 and remember my father waking me up really earlly to go fishing and we would catxch all these nice stripers and blues but unfortuntlly i never got to ask him where those spots were?

i am gussuing under 100 dollars

i just wanna gert out there abnd catch something and make him happy?
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Old 03-05-2009, 01:34 AM
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Realistically it's going to be tough to find a complete rod n reel surf setup for under $100. Whatever you do buy at that price point won't last you very long. You'll either want to upgrade it, in which case it was $ thrown away, or it'll fall apart on you in which case it was $ thrown away.

Give yourself a minimum of $150to $175 to work with and you could end up with a decent setup that you will like and which will last for a few seasons.

I always recommend a 10' Tsunami rod and a used but functioning Penn 704z reel. Tough and functional.
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Old 03-05-2009, 07:52 AM
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where do you live? will get back to this later after work.



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Old 03-05-2009, 08:37 AM
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i live in east providence and warwick.
what do you guys think about ugkly stick??
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:33 PM
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Too heavy and they have no "touch" in other words you can't feel what the plug or jig is doing.
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:23 PM
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Too heavy and they have no "touch" in other words you can't feel what the plug or jig is doing.
thats why zim uses them...he doesnt want to feel all the little nibbles from the skates and dogfish...hed rather just pull em in.
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:24 PM
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dont forget bass pro ocean master combos...imho best bang for the buck.
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:21 PM
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Right now Bass Pro has Lamiglass rods for 99 bucks
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:23 PM
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thats why zim uses them...he doesnt want to feel all the little nibbles from the skates and dogfish...hed rather just pull em in.
that's it, veer the kid off an indestructible rod and have him bust a 125.00 rod. i could see if he had the touch in the first place. i wouldn't loose a skate/dogfish/searobin/tommy cod/horseshoe crab/ with that rod cuz after all we all know i can't catch a bass with that rod.. however i am going to use one at the freezout just to prove you wrong.... but as for 4290? we all know what he likes about a nibble as he's pullin one!!



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Old 03-05-2009, 06:37 PM
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10' ugly stik and a fin noor reel at walmart for like 69 bucks. an all around starter set-up that will easily last a couple of seasons. (the reel) the rod will last forever. i don't suggest this setup for the "serious about fishing" type, once ya get the fever all your money will be spent on the best you can afford and then some.. if he can catch a fish with that setup then he may wanna start to upgrade. we would like you to buy the best you can get for the money but if your not able to spend the dough then you just have to settle for what you can afford right now. what can i say, you can look at the pics from the freezout gathering and there will be a pic of a bass on the ugly stik "i promise"



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Old 03-05-2009, 10:55 PM
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At least get a rod you can plug with.
Even after you upgrade (and you will) if it's a decent rod you'll still use it occasionally.
You'll never use the Ugly stick once you've gotten the plugging bug and know what a plug feels like on a graphite rod.

The same principle applies to the reel.

If all yer gunna do is drag around a white bucket and chuck bait then the Ugly stick is fine.

Zim gives white bucket lessons.
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