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Author Topic:  Middle of the Road Products  (Read 603 times)

Offline Bud Kennedy

Middle of the Road Products
« on: July 15, 2020, 06:08:36 PM »
My choices for tackle purchases tend to stay pretty much in the mid range of cost.  For many years I tried to find a good fit for my fishing styles and especially my level of skill.  Let me say My skills are not fantastic but in my mind adequate for a casual angler.  

Currently most of my rods are Dobyns in both the Fury and the Sierra series.  I keep my rods at 7' or less in most cases but I do have only one longer rod at 7'3" that I use as a frog or flipping rod.  For the most part I am a sit down fisherman and a shorter rod just works better for me.  All of my reels are Daiwa SVTW103 in an assortment of retrieve speeds.  My favorite in this group is the 7 gear because it just feels so good to me.  Until I discovered the Diawa reels I was the king of backlashes but the SVTW have stopped all that nonsense.  They are also great when changing lure styles or weights.  Very easy to adjust on the fly.

In my rod arsenal I do have a couple custom rods that are high end.  Not only are they a pleasure to fish but they both are truly a work of art.  Most often you will see those in my hand over any other rod that I own.  

I am not one of those guys that has to have the latest and greatest thing that comes down the pike.  I want products that work for me and will provide many years of service with typical routine maintenance.  I tend to keep things a long time.  An example is my boat and motor will be 30 years old this fall.  I have lures that have been around since the 50s and 60s and yes I do use them.  I even have my very first spin cast combo that I bought with my own money when I was just 12 years old.  The money came from picking up bottles and turning them in for the deposit of 2 cents each.  My 60+ year old combo is a Johnson Century reel on a two piece action rod that was just perfect for transport on my bicycle on the way to many of the farm ponds in rural Ohio.  It has earned a place of honor in my man room and is prominately displayed in my rod rack.  No, it does not get to go fishing but it still does work just fine.

The reason for this post is just to say if you have tackle that works for you then take care of it and it will last a lifetime.  So here I am in my Geezer glory with old tackle, Old Boat, two old vehicles (15 and 13 years old), old house, old dog and even an old wife that has been my fishing partner for the past 53 years.  I guess you may realize that I don't like change all that much.

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Offline Nitrofreak

Re: Middle of the Road Products
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2020, 12:50:00 PM »
Good stuff Bud, I am not one for high end equipment either, I just can’t afford it first and foremost, I have had some custom made stuff in my hands before and to be honest it’s distracting, I spent my time using it thinking about not damaging it 😂

In my opinion there is no more sensitive contact between you and the fish than your finger placed on your line anyway, that to me is the best solution of transfer.

I tend to lean toward the middle also, but also use just as much Walmart items, more or less I gravitate toward the Lews brand, the fit and feel, the control just seems to really suit me and my needs, TP1 series rods are pretty decent for the money, 7’ MH action, are mostly what I own, I would like to try one of the TP1 rods in a medium action, it has a little softer tip but the same amount of back bone, I believe that would top off my skipping, I use a 7’ medium action St. Croix rod for my crank baits paired with a Bass Pro Johnny Morris reel, and then the other dedicated set up I have is for my dropshot, also 7’, a Lews combo from BPS.
Too much cause and effect thinking takes the freedom out of fishing- Bill Murphy

Offline Bud Kennedy

Re: Middle of the Road Products
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2020, 01:54:10 PM »
Tackle choices for the most part are personal preferences.  We all have our favorites and tend to be loyal to those brands.  Personally, I have not had good luck with Lews products although I do say it is decent stuff but just not for me.  Being a cranky old man I don't buy tackle from Walmart and I don't like going to Bass Pro.  These are just preferences and does not mean they don't have some ok stuff.  As I said before it is just not for me.

We all can be influenced by our peers to purchase certain brands or products and I do depend upon the feedback from folks about what works for them.  I certainly am not a fan boy when it comes to pro angler endorsements.  They are paid to say good things about those who pay them.  I like to hear from users like myself and will give the straight skinny about products and how they work and are they worth the expense.  These too are subject to personal preferences.  An example for me would be Rapala products.  I don't like em for some reason so I shy away.

Offline Nitrofreak

Re: Middle of the Road Products
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2020, 02:57:48 PM »
I agree, I am not what you call loyal to any certain brand, I have had most all of them at some point in time, I am by far not as experienced with the intricacies of them all as many are, it just seems that I have found a brand that keeps filling the needs of what I like in my equipment and that includes the price range 😂

As far as basing decisions off of what the pros have to say with their sponsored products, that lesson was learned the hard way for me, man I wish I could have the money back from those days.

Where brands are concerned I am going to say it’s just me, I have learned to purchase moderately, I will use the 10XD for an example here, I had every single color of that bait and never caught one single fish with any of them... on my home lake, it wasn’t until I fished a different body of water that I had found success with them, I will purchase something but I am forever reminded of that experience when I do, the design is key to the fishery and the forage that lives in it so it is of utmost importance in my opinion that we understand why a bait does not function as well or even for that matter function at all as it does in others, instead of risking the loss of our confidence in a particular bait or technique I will keep it aside for another time, another body of water, if it still doesn’t work, I will just chalk it up to me being unworthy of it’s graces 😂😂

Offline Duke of Dinks

Re: Middle of the Road Products
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2020, 07:36:08 PM »
4 baitcasting reels  all Bass Pro Qualifiers H10X
4 rods all Cabelas Eagle 54 casting rods 6'6" 2 med/fast and 2MH/Fast
Simple  and i am pleased

By using sales  and the Spring Classic Reel Buy back program  each combo cost was 129.00 for rod and reel
Keepin It Simple and Reasonable

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