Shakespeare and Zebco both make inexpensive and reliable combos. Next, decide on the fish you want to catch! Let me tell you how I decide! I think, "I want to drink a lot of beer today and hang out with friends!" CATFISH. If I think "I want fast action (catching fast, lots of nibbling) and an easier fish!" BREAM/BLUEGILL. If I say "I want to get serious, hone in my fishing game, pay close attention!" BASS. Let's say you want catfish, check out carolina rigging with 1/2 oz egg sinker and a circle hook. Try chicken liver/shad/shinners as bait (throw the bait out in the water and then start drinking the beer, after two or three beers check your bait). Bream is your best bet imo. Clip on a small bobber about a foot above your little crappie jig head. Try cricket, worms, bread and you will catch em. But... Say you want to catch bass... get gud. No just joking! Buy a magic device called a shakey head! It's just like your crappie jig but bigger (get one with a bait pegging device like a screw head). Try soft plastics like ribbon tail worms or crayfish imitations (drag slowly and hop along the bottom). You will catch fish! GL and HF! EDIT: I would also like to add that you can mix it up man. Start with the Bream, once you have a 3 or 4 oz fish tie a 2/0 hook about a foot or so under a bigger bobber. Throw it out and wait for a big bite. It could be a bass or a gato.
09-22-2019 11:17 - edited 09-24-2019 04:44
3 weeks ago
I moved recently and had to leave my tackle and other gear at homehome. Once I'd gotten acquainted with the new area, I needed to rebuild my tackle kit and get a rod.
It doesn't hurt to get a light-medium spinner combo under fifty bucks at a box store. Then spend your other fifty on terminal tackle like splitshots, hooks sized 12-6, and a couple of bullet or egg sinkers. Bobbers can be pretty cheaply made at home if it's not in the budget (check youtube), and if you have any left over, get an inline spinner or crankbait for kicks.
I got a sweet pflueger light rod and reel the other week on closeout for 35usd. So far has outfished my medium tackle here in co on trout. Keep an eye out for deals/yardsales, read reviews, etc.. Your kit'll grow in no time.