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    Today I turn 71 years old...and my budget is like everyone else- Mama wants to know what is being spent...but my arms, shoulders and wrists are not the same as they were forty years ago- I have a Shimano 2500 Stradic CI4 + with 10# braid and a St.Croix MoJo Inshore medium light fast 7' rod that weighs absolutely nothing...the lightest fishing outfit made- and you can feel every weed, the slightest nibble and when you set the hook, the rod shows why you spent the money...I may cast a few hundred times each fishing trip...a light weight spinning outfit is "priceless" compared to the heavier, less responsive rods...and the rod is the most important component in fishing, more so than the reel...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronaultmtd View Post
    Like everything else- depends on your priorities- a cheap camera takes pictures so does a Leica...
    And anyone who really knows the art of photography, understands cameras and truly how to use them knows it doesn't take an expensive leica to capture stunning photos.
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    No but it does take quality glass lens to show good detail when you want to enlarge the picture and print it for framing...you get what you pay for- there are no free lunches in this world- a cane pole and a bobber can catch a world record fish...as will a handline...let's face it, guys- we have chosen to kayak fish to simplify our fishing...yet we buy $1000 (+) ultra-high resolution Lowrance and Hummingbird electronics with GPS/downscan, chirp, side imagining, zoom technology that most bass pros use on the profession tournament fishing circuit...and then bitch about spending $129.00 for a quality rod...
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    My FF was $100 bucks.
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    Mine was $300 off on sale for $549.99...
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    Really? I could show you countless really good photographers not including my self that have stunning photos using Sony, Pentax, Nikon, Cannon Fuji etc. with consumer zoom lenses. In the past I've sold my photos in galleries, won a few competitions and have been an avid student of photography since I was 10 years old. Your right good glass helps but it isn't necessary. This is a friend of mine from California's works. He uses a Sony with Consumer zoom lenses. https://www.flickr.com/photos/inter211/

    Besides I don't see that anyone is bitching about spending $129.00 on a rod and I do believe most users on here aren't using $1000 + Electronics. I believe most are saying it isn't necessarily a must that one does. You buy what you can afford for your enjoyment it isn't about how much one spends it's about the enjoyment regardless of what one spends.
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    To each his own...I'm done with it- just trying to share experiences and make suggestions to help new to the sort- don't want any arguments- free advice is worth exactly what you pay for it-
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronaultmtd View Post
    No but it does take quality glass lens to show good detail when you want to enlarge the picture and print it for framing...you get what you pay for- there are no free lunches in this world- a cane pole and a bobber can catch a world record fish...as will a handline...let's face it, guys- we have chosen to kayak fish to simplify our fishing...yet we buy $1000 (+) ultra-high resolution Lowrance and Hummingbird electronics with GPS/downscan, chirp, side imagining, zoom technology that most bass pros use on the profession tournament fishing circuit...and then bitch about spending $129.00 for a quality rod...

    At the same time my consumer grade DSLR and the nice glass I caught on a bargain can capture stunning images that way more than meet my expectations. My $350 Sigma lens is very comparable to the $1800 Canon L glass and if the L could bring me any improvement I doubt I or many others could see it. I need to work on my skills more before I would see any benefit or value from the vastly more expensive gear. There is actually an article on one of the photography sites where famous photographers were given about the crappiest point & shoot cameras you can find and amateurs were given top of the line full frame DSLRs. Surprise of surprises the pros captured stunning museum worthy images while the amateurs got snapshots.

    Maybe I'm just snapshot fishing but the gear I have, that I chose carefully, fully meets my needs, is a pleasure to use and catches me fish with no problems. Yes maybe a $400 dollar combo may have some extra sensitivity, better rod feel, or smoother drag but I really don't see any way that it could bring $300 of more value to my fishing.

    From experience I have found that cost doesn't always equal value and determining your needs should play a big part in purchases. I don't doubt a $15000 mountain bike is built better than a $500 one but do I need it for riding a slightly rough path through the park on the weekends.

    BTW My kayak was $369.My rod reel combos usually run a good bit under a $100 and my FF was $99 AR. Tackle I can't even guess but I do know that them cheap old paddle tails far outfish many of my $10 lures on many occasions.

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    I 've always been frugal but as I get older I am willing to spend more money to save the aggravation you can get with cheaper reels. I use 2500 stradic ci4's. I did pick up some diawa Procyon rods for around $50 when they discontinued them. I wish I could find some more. Last year I bought a cheap Cabella's ultra light reel I read about on line. I frequently use spoons with fire line on my ultra lights. The reel looks nice and is smooth but the problem is the line always twists on it. So I basically threw $40 down the drain. I have never been unhappy after buying quality gear but many times I have been unhappy after buying something cheap.

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    It's true you can catch a fish on a hand-line, but it's also true that your fishing productivity is only as good as your gear. I've blown through (4) inexpensive reels before spending the money on a Penn Battle II 4000 saltwater series, and it has been worth its weight 10x over I've also picked up higher end lightly used gear including rods and reels, for a pretty significant discount, all of which still work flawlessly even thought they have some scratches and dings.
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