If memory serves me correctly you can buy a complete set-up at Walmart for cheap. It would be most of the way ready to go. (Don't forget to buy a license!) If you are just wanting to try fishing afloat this is a good place to start. You can spend more when you decide whether you like it.
Here's a link to how simple fishing can be, although they are selling some very expensive equipment to do this. http://tenkarausa.com/ You don't have to invest a lot for some "Tom Sawyer" fishing.
YakCatcher Rod Holder
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
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