Posted by: old_user on Mar-12-06 6:09 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Mar-12-06 6:12 AM EST --
Okay, let the tomatos start flying, but I am a total newbie to fishing, greener you will not find. Not even interested in fishing, actually, just in the fish--catching them and frying them up. So, I'll be in the San Juans this summer, looking to occasionally catch my dinner, and was wondering ...
If you don't want to get fancy, if you're not into fishing per se, want to keep it nice and simple, functional, and only want the fish, what would you recommend? I'm old enough to remember the old Ronco Pocket Fisherman. Would something that simple actually work?
Many thanks in advance! (And let the tomato tossing commence!)
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Posted by: old_user on Mar-12-06 6:45 AM (EST)
Go to the fish market or buy directly|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-12-06 8:34 AM (EST)
from the commercial fishermen. Cheaper in the long run and more productive. But, if you insist, check out Cabela's and Bass Pro Shop for a travel spinning rod and a spinning reel. Breaks down into three or four pieces, fits into a tube or cloth container, and will pack in the suitcase. Not the best for saltwater, but it'll work. Shower with the reel after using it to wash the salt off.
Posted by: kevheads on Mar-12-06 5:17 PM (EST)
I'm sure there are some good travel 4-5 piece rods out there but one guy in our group took one to Quetico one year and it came back a 9 piece rod.
Posted by: MarkK on Mar-12-06 6:24 PM (EST)
Pocket fisherman. No. Can't handle those big ones. The whales. Better go the cane pole route. Or, try fish market route.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-13-06 11:50 AM (EST)
Well, I guess I asked for it.
Laugh all you want|
Posted by: leob1 on Mar-13-06 11:53 AM (EST)
But the Pocket Fisherman made millions for Ron Popiel.
San Juans, sigh.|
Posted by: Taj on Mar-13-06 1:03 PM (EST)
Before I looked at your profile I had visions of the San Juans here in Colo. Beautiful mountain streams brimming with wild trout. I was all ready to tie a #20 BWO to my tippet and find the nearest eddie full of them. Hence the sigh. Can't say anything about the other San Juans except to see what the locals are using there and maybe rent some equipment before buying. There are probably outfitters who can (for hire) give you a fishing tour so you don't spend money on the wrong stuff.
I like that idea|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-14-06 12:14 AM (EST)
I have two combos that have worked|
Posted by: paddlinpals on Mar-13-06 2:35 PM (EST)
If, what you are interested in is salt|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-13-06 4:02 PM (EST)
water fishing, then the tackle needs to be more substantial. Maybe a 6.5 or 7 ft. two piece Shakespear Ugly stick with something like a Shimano Sahara or Sedona 2500FB or 4000FB spinning reel. It'll set you back less than $100 and usually the tackle store will put line on the reel free...suggest 15 lb Berley Trilene Big Game fishing line. Just ask about weights and hooks. The same set-up will work for some types of freshwater fish, but you'll want to go with lighter equipment if after trout. Maybe a 4.6 to 5.6 foor ultralight (look at the Berkley Cherrywood and Lightnign rods) and again a Shimano Sedona or Sahara 750. Use with 4-6 lb test line. Berkly Trilene XL is a good one. That'll set you back a measly $80 or $90 bucks. If its bait you'll be using, ask the locals. Lures should be small spinners...Mepps 0 or #1 size, or ask the locals.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-14-06 12:16 AM (EST)
But I'm kayaking first, fishing second or third. We charter a boat out of Ilwako once or twice a year, but instead of concentrating on fish, that just fires my jets for coastal kayaking (I'm not up to that level yet)! Just thought it would be fun to catch your keep along the way, y'know.
Use a hand line.|
Posted by: Okanagan on Mar-14-06 1:14 AM (EST)
Your question is OK, good for you for risking guff by asking. I live in the part of the world you are talking about and have kayak fished considerably in those waters. If all you want is fish with minimum gear purchase and mimimum hassle, go with a hand line.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-14-06 8:16 AM (EST)
You can go with the flow, but|
Posted by: Okanagan on Mar-14-06 12:38 PM (EST)
Defending the Pocket Fisherman|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-15-06 9:44 AM (EST)
...When I was a young Army SP4 (E4), I served on a NATO Nuclear Site in Turkey....the Morale folks got together a fishing trip to the southern part of Turkey, a Lake called "Cay" pronounced CH'EYE. I was the only one who fished that lake for Northern Pike with the "Pocket Fisherman" (Mepps spinners and Steel Leaders)...I personally caught seven really large Northern Pike in that Lake.
Posted by: riverrunner814 on May-21-06 8:42 PM (EST)
Wow i own a for years the year they came out its great for all fishing gee I still use it and get large fish with it I had a large striper landed with it. Plus the fact its so compact I take it everywhere. Just in case the fishing mode grabs me.
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Posted by: old_user on Jun-27-06 12:12 PM (EST)
a small, ultralight ice fishing rig- mayabe a 24 inch pole with an open faced spin cast reel.
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Posted by: old_user on Jul-27-11 5:17 PM (EST)
You may want to look at www.emmrod.com