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Old 02-01-2010, 01:06   #1
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Epic fishing fail. Please help.

So today I went fishing with my friends. Well, if you can call it that. We had been planning to go for a week now, and I was very stoked.

Now, I've only been fishing once before and my experience is pretty much nill.


Anyhow, we get there and I am given a $5 pink fishing pole from Target. My friend threads the pole and attaches bait. What was the bait? Corn. CORN. Of all things, she put corn on the hook. Yes, it was bait corn, but come on!



I try my hand at casting but fail miserably, multiple times. Yes, you can attribute it to lack of skills, but I think it was partially the $5 fishing pole. The reel just didn't work properly with the momentum, it was very finicky. Of course the line got tangled and I had to cut it and start over.


There were several times the reel wouldn't pull the string in when I turned the lever.


Add to this, we left at 4 in the afternoon, and around this time of year, the sun sets at five!! What kind of horrible planning is that? Not only this, but the "creek" we fish at is more like a sewage exhaust system. The water is mucky as hell, and probably not very deep. I would be surprised if there is anything alive under that water. Furthermore, the creek is inlined with nothing but heavy brush and thick foilage, so she had me stand in the middle of the creek, on a concrete dam about 3 or so feet in width...


She basically sets up my fishing pole and leaves to another spot with her boyfriend.


I had never felt so unprepared and ill-equipped in my life. What a horrible experience and a waste of $13 for a day's fishing license.


I am a big believer in either doing something right or not bothering at all. What needed to happen today was the following: we needed actual fishing equipment that works, proper bait and the right strength fishing line, we needed people with experience and teaching ability, and an actual place where fish live. Not to mention a comfortable location in which to fish, instead of a concrete balance beam.


God, these people are my dear friends whom I dearly love, but I am NEVER doing anything out-of-doors with them ever again without the presence of some people who know what the hell they are doing.


I absolutely love and adore the beauty and tranquility of the outdoors, but have extremely limited experience. I want all that to change, however. I would like the skillsets of an outdoors adventurer, and this is why today was such a major disappointment and failure.





I would like to hear thoughts please. And some advice about fishing and fishing equipment. I want something of high quality without breaking the bank.


Thanks a lot, guys.





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Old 02-01-2010, 01:18   #2
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I'm terribly sorry but we didn't take any pictures. I wish we had. That pink fishing pole will rob any man of his man points in a heartbeat.
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Your bound ta have a local fishing club in your area,look online and start there.'08.
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Your bound ta have a local fishing club in your area,look online and start there.'08.
Thanks, I'll look into it.
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Tell your friends that you want to go snipe hunting next time.

You'll save a lot of money on equipment.
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Tell your friends that you want to go snipe hunting next time.

You'll save a lot of money on equipment.
As I've said, I don't trust them with outdoor equipment/knowledge. They will probably hand me a HiPoint.
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The fishing club is a good idea. I have also found good advice at sporting good stores, if you can find a small local one that would be a good place to start. Sometimes you can get good advise at the chains, but don't count on it. As for equipment, it depends on what type of fishing you do. The easiest to start with would either be a spincasting or spinning reel IMOH. The rods can be anywhere from a 5' ultralight to a 6'6" medium/heavy action, the one you get depends on the water you fish. That said, I have used my 6'6" med/fast for almost everything (just make sure you learn how much power to put behind cast so you aren't throwing the lure into the bushes on the other side of the river). And brands, there are so many out there its amazing. I have really liked Abu Garcia, Shimano, and Shakespeare. I hope you can get some friends that know what they are doing to help you out, Fishing is so much fun!
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The fishing club is a good idea. I have also found good advice at sporting good stores, if you can find a small local one that would be a good place to start. Sometimes you can get good advise at the chains, but don't count on it. As for equipment, it depends on what type of fishing you do. The easiest to start with would either be a spincasting or spinning reel IMOH. The rods can be anywhere from a 5' ultralight to a 6'6" medium/heavy action, the one you get depends on the water you fish. That said, I have used my 6'6" med/fast for almost everything (just make sure you learn how much power to put behind cast so you aren't throwing the lure into the bushes on the other side of the river). And brands, there are so many out there its amazing. I have really liked Abu Garcia, Shimano, and Shakespeare. I hope you can get some friends that know what they are doing to help you out, Fishing is so much fun!
Thanks a lot, man.
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Thanks a lot, man.
No problem. Another thing I just thought of is that at most sporting goods stores they have fishing reports posted, I go to Sportsmans Warehouse near me and they have a big white board right by the door with fishing reports on it. I think you can also check out your state's game and fish website and get info on where the fish are biting. See what waters are producing and look them up on yahoo maps or google earth. And your state Atlas and Gazateer are a good source for finding lakes and rivers. I have found that asking other fisherman out on the water is useless, no one wants to give up thier valuable "inside" info on what the fish are biting on.
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Tell your friends that you want to go snipe hunting next time.

You'll save a lot of money on equipment.

I went snipe hunting I almost caught one too
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I think you missed the whole idea of a fishing trip.

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I think you missed the whole idea of a fishing trip.

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EXACTLY! This is what it's all about. This is why I was so disappointed/unsatisfied.

You guys look like a close bunch. I'm glad you all had a good time.
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You wear a thong.'08.


TKM,is was pulling your chain about the "snipe" hunt thing.You don't really hunt "snipes",ya bait them inta traps.
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EXACTLY! This is what it's all about. This is why I was so disappointed/unsatisfied.
Well, bring enough vodka and a good friend to your next fishing trip! Fishing poles and bait optional.
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Sounds like you need a better class of friends. If not one with a boat, at least one that can spend $40 on a fishing pole.
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TKM,is was pulling your chain about the "snipe" hunt thing.You don't really hunt "snipes",ya bait them inta traps.
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TKM,is was pulling your chain about the "snipe" hunt thing.You don't really hunt "snipes",ya bait them inta traps.
Hahaha. I know you were.

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Well, bring enough vodka and a good friend to your next fishing trip! Fishing poles and bait optional.
Good call. We brought some Blue Moon with us, but we didn't drink any because any subtle movement would've landed us in that mucky water.. Of course we consumed the precious liquid when we went back home. It was delicious.

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Sounds like you need a better class of friends. If not one with a boat, at least one that can spend $40 on a fishing pole.
-1. The skillsets and/or financial statuses that my friends may or may not have, have absolutely no bearing on them as people. I love the friends I have (which include the ones I went with), they just had crappy equipment and crappy knowledge.
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Sorry you did'nt get one. I enjoyed the story though! Remember it's called fishing and not catching for a reason. Don't forget the beer either.
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Sorry you did'nt get one. I enjoyed the story though! Remember it's called fishing and not catching for a reason. Don't forget the beer either.
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We didn't, we had brought some Blue Moon with us.

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-1. The skillsets and/or financial statuses that my friends may or may not have, have absolutely no bearing on them as people. I love the friends I have (which include the ones I went with), they just had crappy equipment and crappy knowledge.

So if you want friends to go fishing with you either need to get your current friends to upgrade their skills and equipment, or you need to get some new friends.

While I'm sure you enjoy spending time with this particular group of friends they will not enhance your fishing catching experience.

One other suggestion no one has mentioned. Pay a local fishing guide to take you out fishing. Make note of the equipment they use, the places they go, bait they use, the way they use the equipment, ect....

Even if you are an experienced fisherman if you are trying a new type of fishing it pays to hire a professional guide. For example I have a fair bit of experience fishing small lakes for bass, walleye, and panfish. But when I wanted to go trout fishing I hired a guide, when I wanted to go stripper fishing in the Chesapeake Bay I hired a guide, and when I wanted to go deep sea fishing I hired a guide. In each case the guides had the proper equipment and knowledge of the area and we caught a lot of fish.

One thing about having a group of friends that are open to fishing even if their equipment and skills are not up to par, you will be able to split the cost of the guide/boat. Around here a 1/2 day fishing on the bay will run about $500, but you can have 6 people on the boat.
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So if you want friends to go fishing with you either need to get your current friends to upgrade their skills and equipment, or you need to get some new friends.

While I'm sure you enjoy spending time with this particular group of friends they will not enhance your fishing catching experience.

One other suggestion no one has mentioned. Pay a local fishing guide to take you out fishing. Make note of the equipment they use, the places they go, bait they use, the way they use the equipment, ect....

Even if you are an experienced fisherman if you are trying a new type of fishing it pays to hire a professional guide. For example I have a fair bit of experience fishing small lakes for bass, walleye, and panfish. But when I wanted to go trout fishing I hired a guide, when I wanted to go stripper fishing in the Chesapeake Bay I hired a guide, and when I wanted to go deep sea fishing I hired a guide. In each case the guides had the proper equipment and knowledge of the area and we caught a lot of fish.

One thing about having a group of friends that are open to fishing even if their equipment and skills are not up to par, you will be able to split the cost of the guide/boat. Around here a 1/2 day fishing on the bay will run about $500, but you can have 6 people on the boat.
Thanks, that sounds like a good idea. Although I would be more interested in taking trips with the veteran fisherman who are local, perhaps they can show me the ropes.
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Thanks, that sounds like a good idea. Although I would be more interested in taking trips with the veteran fisherman who are local, perhaps they can show me the ropes.

That would work well too, but it's probably tougher to find a fisherman willing to take an unknown person out fishing than it is to find a guide to do so. Guides are listed in the yellow pages, have web sites, ect.. They want to be found because that's how they earn money. Experienced fisherman that just fish for the fun of it don't advertise.
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Fishing 101

Get some minnows.
Put them on a minnow harness or hook that lets them swim.
cast line out.
bury rod handle in sand/ground.
Sit down on fold up lawn chair
open cooler.
Drink beer and listen to tunes.
If the line gets a tug, reel in fish. If not reel in dead minnow.


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Sounds like you need a better class of friends. If not one with a boat, at least one that can spend $40 on a fishing pole.
My thoughts exactly!

If you're ever in my neck of the woods I'll hook you up.

No pink pole either.
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