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Old 11-08-2018, 12:30 PM
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Default Used fishing gear? Worth looking at?

Are fishing poles more like weight equipment (available on the used market cheap and hardly banged up) or like cars (driven til they fall apart and broken down?)
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yes

the rods usually last but inspect the reels carefully.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:46 PM
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That's actually about what I expected. Thanks!

BTW... thanks for replying so quidkly! I think you actually replied slightly before I started the thread. :-)
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Nothing wrong with used gear. Of course you want to actually handle the to check for issues. But you can get some great deals on fishing gear sometimes. Some people but nice gear and go out once or twice then never use it again and it eventually ends up at a garage sale or Craig's list.


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Old 11-08-2018, 1:44 PM
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I am getting rid of some gear. My fishing partner died and I inheritered his gear . PM me. A lot of highend custom trolling gear. Down to light weight salt water tackle.
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Only buy high end rods like Seeker and Calstar if you buy used. Mid off the road level stuff tends to not last long. The eyes start to corrode and chafe the line.
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I still fish with jigmasters. They didn't suddenly stop working when the new stuff came out. I'll upgrade some day, but if you find a good deal on an older 500 or 505, or Newells, give them a good look.
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Absolutely. Nothing beats finding an old 690J for $60 or a 270H for $30. Donít ask me where I found them either.

As for reels, this is tricky. So much has improved in reel design that an older reel might not really be a great buy. However, finding an old SLOSH20 for $25, that just needs some new drag washers and a good scrub, well, itíll make you smile.

Older reels also can be ok, especially if theyíre older versions of new model reels. Like find yourself an older Calcutta 400 without the stupid level wind, youíll be happy, or an abu record 60, yeah those are good finds.

Older spinning gear, nah, just buy a new mid range daiwa or abu.


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Only buy high end rods like Seeker and Calstar if you buy used. Mid off the road level stuff tends to not last long. The eyes start to corrode and chafe the line.
Always solid advice from Mike! There are definitely deals to be had and you can save a lot. Know what youíre looking for, stick with the good brands as noted above, and inspect closely. It is pretty easy to see gear that is well cared for, and gear that isnít, and when in doubt bypass it as there will always be plenty more to choose from.

Watch eBay, Craigslist, and fishing forums... plenty posted all year Ďround.
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Watch BD it's local and lots of used stuff....I'd buy rods and most reels on there
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Used tackle swap meet next month at Dick Sheerer Marine in Norwalk. Just like used guns I’m a whore for a deal on used fishing gear.
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I have bought several used rods/reels/tackle over the years. Used gear goes for around half price, unless you are talking about electric downrigger or other high dollar gear. Saltwater stuff usually has obvious exterior damage or boat rash if that bothers you, but other than cosmetics would work fine. Guys like me that love to fish generally take care of their gear.

I wash my rods/reels down at the dock every trip, stored indoors and turn all the ceiling fans off before I touch one.
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Half of the fishing stuff I have was found on the bottom of a lake
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It is exactly like cars, depends on the owner and usage.
Sometimes you can find 15 YO toyota with 10K miles on it still with smell of new car inside(found one recently a subaru 1992 for my daughter with 6K original miles), or 2 YO with 200K no oil change and ruined suspension, transmission and what not.

You need to look what you buy

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Didn't you just go fishing a couple of months ago with a guide and conclude fishing is not for you?
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Used rods depend on your application of use and materials made of. Rods can develop micro cracks unseen to the eye, but hurt performance on the boat. The load action wil be diminished if a rock fishing rod and the jig rod can get too springy. All tools wear down. Some people store them wrong as well.

Reels are the trickiest to buy because of the internals, can’t see them. You can test the drag though.

LB Tackle has great prices and warranty. I just got some weights for a trip off the Victory in two weeks.
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With spectra guides wear down but i use titanium guides. Still check them with a q tip for burrs.
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Gforce:

I did, but mrs. Bfg enjoyed it, and i like the eating.
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Inspect the rod, like many have said: check the rod guides, no cracks on or missing rings (eyes) that will cut the line. Is the tip is in good shape, not loose or ring issues. See that they all align well down the spine. Check the reel seat that it will lock down the reel securely. Check the blank and wraps for cracks, nicks/punctures from hooks (see this a lot with fly rods from false casting).



My 2 cents: Buy quality, they usually last longer and take more abuse. It may be more expensive at first but cheaper in the end as one spends more money buying cheap, eventually upgrading to quality.
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Buying used is the absolute best way to get quality at a bargain but it requires knowing what your'e looking at.

2 8ft rods at a yard sale:

1) A shiney newish looking "Master", even comes with a reel.

2) A ratty looking Silaflex with one guide about to come off.

Your pick, $10.
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Master is cheap, Silaflex could be good, depending on condition of the blank. Some guys still pay top dollar for old Tru line and Harnell rods and blanks, if the outer finish looks smooth, and no cracking when you flex the rod, It'll probably do.
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Ugly Stick Tiger rod, Penn 209 filled with 20 pound P-line and you're good to go for most rock fish / salmon etc.... hose off at end of trip and should last a lot of years. All mine have. Less than $100 if you hit the sales.
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Old 11-10-2018, 3:30 PM
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I've gotten some amayzing deals off E-bay and craigslist...but I know what I was looking at and what I was looking for. I scored a new Avet SX on e-bay for $120 a few years back.
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When looking at used gear I look to see if nos parts are available if need be. Not so much poles but for reels . Like anything else one needs to know what they are looking at .
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Yes, used gear is very much worth looking at. Old discontinued Loomis Saltwater Series, Graphite USA, and TruLine rods are out there, along with Gold Trinidads, Saltiga Star drags, and II Sharp 44's jigs. If you know what you are looking at, and what it should look like, there are good deals to be had.
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Lots of gear gets used a few times and sold. Lots of great deals on used stuff. Talk to Pete at “Just Fishing” in Redondo. He’s a good guy and will hook you up solid with what you need. I also have a ton of gear and would give you the CG’er discount if I’m downsizing anything you want. Might be worthwhile posting here what you’re looking for.
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