Paddlefish rod/reel combos

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NDHuntr
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Paddlefish rod/reel combos

This year will be my first time paddlefishing and I need some gear. How much should I budget for a rod/reel from Scenic Sports? I don't need anything real fancy.

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They usually have some combos for sale around $29.00. They are a little rough reeling and will most likely last about one season. They also sell out quickly. If you go there after the first day of season, you can plan on them being sold out. For a decent set-up that you will be happy with and will last more than one year, plan on spending around $80. Also, Wal-Mart in Williston sells paddlefishing gear, including rods and reels. They sell both high and low end stuff and they are about the same price as Scenic for similar outfits. They are more expensive then Scenic for hooks and weights.

I would give Scenic a try first. Wal-Mart is a big Corporation and they will survive without your business. Scenic Sports is a locally run store and Paddlefishing is when they make much of their money for the year. I would try to keep as much of your business with Scenic for that reason. Plus, (unlike Wal-Mart), the guys at scenic will have the most up to the minute paddlefishing info and tips on how to rig up and maps to the paddlefishing spots. Scenic is always my first stop. Only if they are sold out of something do I go to Wal-Mart.

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I'm with Sportsman. I paid $59.95 for my combo at Scenic 5 or 6 years ago and have caught a fish with it every year and it is still going strong. For that price the reel was also spooled with 30# mono. What you might want to do is call Scenic and talk to Andy, the owner about what kind of specials he is offering this year. If you give him a credit card number he will hold a combo for you until you get there, that's what I did with mine.

If several people are going together and none have equipment two could buy a combo together and share it. There is no way you can cast for more than about 15 minutes at a time without taking a rest. Those that haven't paddlefished before might not believe that, but after a dozen casts you'll be believers!! Be ready for a good time, hope you catch a big one!!!!

emil
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Joined: Sunday, December 16, 2001 - 12:00am

They have some good stuff at Dakota tackle if your from around Bis. , although I get my tackle from scenic.

fish1712
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This is also my first time doing this. I would like to know what kind of tackle (hooks, weights,ect.) to use. I am going to borrowing a rod and reel. Any one have any ideas where to go. We are going to go near the MT line i think. Should i bring the regular rod and reel with too???? Maybe some walleye? Just let me know and thanks for the help.

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All you need for tackle is some 8/0 or 10/0 hooks and some 5oz weights. Scenic Sports sells them per bag of 20 each and I have yet to see them cheaper anywhere else. If you are planning on taking a rod with you, plan on taking that with you to Scenic. They will re-spool it with fresh 30# High Vis. Mono line. Don't even think about going paddlefishing with old line. You should plan on buying at least one bag of hooks and weights per fisherman. That may sound like an aweful lot, but in reality you will need that many - if not more.

Talk to Andy at Scenic. He will show you how to rig it up. They also have maps there that show all of the popular paddlefishing spots. Usually they show up at the pumphouse area first. Then as the season progresses, they move farther upstream towards the confluence and eventually to Sundheims (spelling?) landing which is close to the Montana line.

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As far as bringing a walleye rod along with you - Definitely YES. There are hundreds of good walleye holes that you can fish from shore in the Williston area. Not to mention that many of the smaller lakes in that area have decent numbers of Crappie. I would not consider going Paddlefishing without bringing some other rods along on the trip.

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SiouxperDave
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I picked up a pretty nice rod/reel combo at Scenic for $99.99.


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The Berkley 10' Glow Stick Spinning rods are a very good choice for Paddlefish snagging.

Very...very tough rods, and they are not as heavy as most other snagging rods with a shorter butt section to make hours of casting far less work.

They will run about $49.99.

They have replaced a lot of the longer heavy rods in recent years and the guys who have switched to them really like them. It is amazing how durable they are. Match it up with an Olympus 80 class spinning reel and your ready to rock. The reel will run $39.99. Gander Mountain has the reels in now and more of the rods on the way.


Ed "Backwater Eddy" Carlson ~ ~ ><,sUMo,> ~ ><CD

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Along with BWE's suggestion, I would also very highly recommend the 10'6" Ugly Stick.  It's an excellent choice in the paddlefishing arsenal. 

I have had one since about 1999 and it's still going strong.  Reels on the other hand, I have little preference.  As people tire they get lazy and start to use the reel handle to help pull on the rod.  Spells doom for all reels regardless of price.  The dirt cheap reels come with other problems, not much worse than a bale that closes during the cast with a 5 OZ weight zipping through the air.

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