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2 hours ago, buddha162 said:

 

Maybe, maybe not...but it certainly makes a difference to the angler. 

 

Nice things are nice :)

Yes, nice things are nice and sometimes simply owning a premium product can be pleasurable in itself. I don't think there's anything wrong with that.  But inexpensive things have a purpose too and as much as someone feels good about taking a good fish with their high end thousand dollar rod and reel combo; I feel even better when I can match that guys success with my $20 rod and 40 year old spinning reel. I fish enough to be able to justify laying out the dough for premium tackle but I've also been around long enough to know that the more expensive isn't really necessary. It may be nicer, but it's not necessary.

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16 mins ago, valentine said:

...high end thousand dollar rod and reel combo...

 

Lots of quality gear that falls between walmart specials and 1k. 

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The fact is if you buy decent equipment and you dont like the sport you can still get 50 percent back by selling it. 

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Fishing gear, like any tool, may or may not be up to the task, and most times you get what you pay for. You can buy a hammer for a dollar and it will drive a nail......chances are it wouldn't last a day on the job. After 4 decades of being in construction....i cant bother with inferior tools.

Same goes for the fishing gear I choose.

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3 mins ago, Rmarsh said:

Fishing gear, like any tool, may or may not be up to the task, and most times you get what you pay for. You can buy a hammer for a dollar and it will drive a nail......chances are it wouldn't last a day on the job. After 4 decades of being in construction....i cant bother with inferior tools.

Same goes for the fishing gear I choose.

If you only need to drive one nail you can use a rock.  I like to catch lots of fish

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I agree overall with this but I think spending that $100 on a used setup is better than a new Walmart setup. But I'd rather see someone fishing any way they can over playing video games.

 

In regards to surf casting that tiger special won't last one night in actual "surf"...I'm still a newbie with 10 yrs experience. One hit by salt water or drop in sand and forget about it your trips done. 

 

NOW if you're jetty fishing... Big big difference. But if you're on the tip of the cape or in the canal or southeast tip of the vineyard...forget it you won't stand a chance

 

Oh and don't forget this is the most addicting thing ever. That tiger setup will last you one trip then you'll start skipping car payments to afford something better especially when the guys next to you are hooking up and you walk over saying "what are you using?" Ya I was that guy once too.

 

Difference between wants and needs but if you can afford the want without sacrificing the need.... Get the want.

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My biggest bass came on a 7' Big Water by Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Penn Fierce 3000. I caught because the rod was comfortable enough for me to make a hundred casts at night and do what I do best work a topwater lure. Luckily conditions were favorable and braided line was working like a gem. 

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i enjoy several fishing setups... it has nothing to do with their prices.  I have my Dads old fiberglass rod and a newell reel that is a favorite. Not sentimental, just enjoyed it for years.   I never by any product for its flash. I dont buy bottom of the barrel, and I dont need top of the line.  Middle of the road, reasonably priced quality gear.  After you pick gear that works for you, you should spend more time talking and focusing on tides, and moon phases, tactics and tackle. Honing fishing skills instead of desiring shiny reels. 

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I wouldn't downplay the rods at Walmart... Where I live they sell Penn rods (Prevail and others), and they also have Penn reels (Fierce).  I know the Fierce isn't the best but you can definitely get a descent setup at Walmart.  IMO.

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I apply my chainsaw buying theory to determine the quality of a product I will need.  Thats a low end saw for a few cuts once a year maybe a chord or two for home use, then there’s once a month farm use maybe 5-10 chord a year. Then there’s commercial use everyday to make a living. So generally speaking how often and how hard will you use it? 

 

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We all have our opinions and our motivations

The way I see it, why would I tell a new guy, who is learning ropes, to go out and spend $$$$$$ on something that he may not like that much in the future or may end up not using at all

Let him start with something reasonable, or most of you would call it CHEAP., let him learn pro and cons and see if he likes this sport or not and then let him go and spend $$$$ on something

This way he (or she) will, also, appreciate more a very good surf combo.

I know, I do.

Like a recommending a new Ferrari to the person learning to drive and doesn't know if he will be driving at all after getting a driver's license.

Get en old good Escort, learn it , break it, try to fix it and then buy a       Dodge ( :):)  

 

 

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I'm still a beginner fisherman but IMHO you want to find a good balance between $ and longevity/durability. In my experience, I wasted some money because the crappy stuff that I bought at first only lasted 1 season and I had to buy new gear that was a little expensive but way more durable.

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I pretty much only fish from a boat but in my opinion a high quality, but older, $40 reel will (almost always) out perform a brand new similar-type $40 reel. Same with rods as long as they aren't damaged. I'd rather go on an auction site/classifieds and get (for example) a Swedish made Abu Garcia Ambassadeur and an older Shimano, Penn, *insert quality name brand* rod for $80 total than any $80 combo sold in big box stores. Good gear, if well maintained, is made to last.

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