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I've got a month until the next lumberjack competition, so I've got a some free time.

I use to fish all the time when I was a kid, and I want to get back into it.

But I have no equipment and no idea where to start.

I live near a ton of lakes and streams so places to fish are plentiful.

So I'm looking to you guys for some advice on some gear to get I've got a budget of about 150$.
 

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I used to fish all the time as a kid too. My dad was HUGE into fishing. He was an avid fly fisherman right to the very end.

On his last vacation (last September) he spent a bit of time on Oregon Pond in the Adirondacks with a regular pole and a flyfishing pole in the boat with him.


I haven't fished in a long long time but $150 will get ya a well working setup to fish with. Before the family went on the trip last September my dad and I spent quite a few hours in Gander Mountain. Their fishing section is pretty awesome. Not as crazy as Bass Pro, but Gander still has a ton of stuff.

There's a ton of information out there on equipment and lures (especially lures). A trip to Henrietta to check out Gander Mountain doesn't sound like it's a bad idea in your case. :)


Be sure to be up on your Arbor Knots and Improved Clinched Knots!!! :yup:
 

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Absolutely love my 7' #3 line flyrod. Built from a kit by a family friend. He does good work. I used to be more bass fishing oriented now I'm more brook trout fishing... And I'm terrible at it. I just love to go and fish. I like LL Bean stuff. It's pricey but it's good stuff - and guaranteed forever and ever and ever and ever....
 

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I'm going to head up tonight and I'll post pics oh what I end up with.

Of course I gotta ask... What will you be fishing for??? Bass? Pike/Walleye? Trout?
Lure weight? Live bait?
Then would be...
From a boat or shore?
Lakes or streams?

I have 4 setups.
Med. heavy rod w/Baitcaster
med. rod w/ baitcaster
med. rod w/spinning reel
ultralite spinning combo "Best for any fish under 3 lbs"
:fishin:
 

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Of course I gotta ask... What will you be fishing for??? Bass? Pike/Walleye? Trout?
Lure weight? Live bait?
Then would be...
From a boat or shore?
Lakes or streams?

Here's the two lakes I'll be fishing most likely
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html

Looks like Smallmouth bass is the top fish in both lakes.

Primarily from shore, no boat in the plans yet

I live in an area called the Finger Lakes and live 10 minutes
from 4 lakes.

Getting a set up setup for smallmouth bass seems like the best direction
since it's the most plentiful fish.
 
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They like tube skirts, small crankbaits, and anything that resembles crayfish...
I'd think a nice ultralight combo with 4-6 lb test will get the job done... And cast light lures better than any of the others...
Smallie's are great! Happy fishing...
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I caught a TON of smallmouth bass using frogs. They went ballistic over them.
 

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I caught a TON of smallmouth bass using frogs. They went ballistic over them.

I've never been able to catch enough frogs to have an all day go of it.
But yes, bass love em'.
 

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I've never been able to catch enough frogs to have an all day go of it.
But yes, bass love em'.

I used to stay at a camp on a small pond a couple hours from here. Used to go 4wheelin and bring a coffee can with me to mud holes on the trail and fill the can as many times as needed so I could go fishing. Endless number of frogs. Could never catch them all as hard as i tried :D best bait I ever used. That and a popper. Whatever the popular one was, jitterbug? Something popper all I remember. Only been fly fishing for quite a few years now.
 

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I used to stay at a camp on a small pond a couple hours from here. Used to go 4wheelin and bring a coffee can with me to mud holes on the trail and fill the can as many times as needed so I could go fishing. Endless number of frogs. Could never catch them all as hard as i tried :D best bait I ever used. That and a popper. Whatever the popular one was, jitterbug? Something popper all I remember. Only been fly fishing for quite a few years now.

That would be a hula Popper... From Fred Arbogast lures... It's a classic and made by the same company as the Jitterbug...
In the right situation, still very effective... On our lakes here? Not so much... The fish are very educated here...:saywhat:
 
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That would be a hula Popper... From Fred Arbogast lures... It's a classic and made by the same company as the Jitterbug...
In the right situation, still very effective... On our lakes here? Not so much... The fish are very educated here...:saywhat:

Yes the hula popper. Slayed many a bass on that one.

Another bass catcher that worked for me was a salty grub. It depends on the size of the fish in your area. The salty grubs I found in stores here were kinda big, and the smaller fish stayed away, didn't even seem to try to hit it.
 

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Yes the hula popper. Slayed many a bass on that one.

Another bass catcher that worked for me was a salty grub. It depends on the size of the fish in your area. The salty grubs I found in stores here were kinda big, and the smaller fish stayed away, didn't even seem to try to hit it.

These lures are deadly... And repeatable...
I'm a diehard plastics guy...
Spinnerbaits only at night... (As in, after 11:00 PM)
[video=youtube;kAzTTU11xy4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAzTTU11xy4[/video]
 

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Ive got a rod & reel got it on sale for 49$ http://www.gandermountain.com/modpe...s-Combo-L-56&i=451365&aID=504AC1&merchID=4006

And a bunch of lures & tackle box and basic stuff I need.
I've been out twice and discovered a problem with running any bottom sitting lures at the one lake.
The bottom of the lake it covered in softball to basketball sized rocks and I've lost two lures already to snagging rocks.

Any advice on what I'm doing wrong or better lures to use in these conditions.
 

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Ive got a rod & reel got it on sale for 49$ http://www.gandermountain.com/modpe...s-Combo-L-56&i=451365&aID=504AC1&merchID=4006

And a bunch of lures & tackle box and basic stuff I need.
I've been out twice and discovered a problem with running any bottom sitting lures at the one lake.
The bottom of the lake it covered in softball to basketball sized rocks and I've lost two lures already to snagging rocks.

Any advice on what I'm doing wrong or better lures to use in these conditions.

Are you using soft plastics? Or other lures?
 

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