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Jan 13, 2022 15:35:45   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
I have a ridiculous amount of extra rod's and reels. After 15 years of guiding with people leaving their gear rather than paying to ship it home, I currently have about 100 to 150 left. Some of the rods are good some need repair. I have started taking two extra rod and reels with me when I go anywhere I might contact kids on the bank. When I see a kid watching others and clearly wanting to fish (You will know with a short conversation) I just give him or her rod rigged with float weight and #8hook. (be sure to include a note with each rod, so the kid does not take a whooping for stealing when he gets home. I explain where and how to get bait and let them go at it. It only takes a few minutes and puts the rod and reel where it belongs. Don't be concerned about the quality. If it will work, it will catch panfish and reasonable cats. Remember, many of us started with a cane pole. I take two as it seems I run into brother sister combos regularly. Give it thought. It is a great way to clean the shop and put dust collectors to use.

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Jan 13, 2022 15:38:21   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
bapabear wrote:
I have a ridiculous amount of extra rod's and reels. After 15 years of guiding with people leaving their gear rather than paying to ship it home, I currently have about 100 to 150 left. Some of the rods are good some need repair. I have started taking two extra rod and reels with me when I go anywhere I might contact kids on the bank. When I see a kid watching others and clearly wanting to fish (You will know with a short conversation) I just give him or her rod rigged with float weight and #8hook. (be sure to include a note with each rod, so the kid does not take a whooping for stealing when he gets home. I explain where and how to get bait and let them go at it. It only takes a few minutes and puts the rod and reel where it belongs. Don't be concerned about the quality. If it will work, it will catch panfish and reasonable cats. Remember, many of us started with a cane pole. I take two as it seems I run into brother sister combos regularly. Give it thought. It is a great way to clean the shop and put dust collectors to use.
I have a ridiculous amount of extra rod's and reel... (show quote)


Now I need to find an outlet for baseball bat size halibut rods. Maybe I will build a fence.

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Jan 13, 2022 16:17:31   #
USAF Major Loc: Sea Bright, NJ
 
Very nice gesture. Sure it will help some kid!

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Jan 13, 2022 16:34:09   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
USAF Major wrote:
Very nice gesture. Sure it will help some kid!


If not, it is slowly getting the crap out of the shop.

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Jan 13, 2022 19:51:16   #
OJdidit Loc: Oak Creek Wisconsin
 
Great of you to do that! Good idea to cover the kids with the disclaimer, too.

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Jan 13, 2022 21:45:08   #
audigger53 Loc: Severn, MD
 
Glad i don't live near you. The wife would yell at me for a week if I brought home any more rods. LOL

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Jan 14, 2022 02:05:15   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
audigger53 wrote:
Glad i don't live near you. The wife would yell at me for a week if I brought home any more rods. LOL



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Jan 14, 2022 02:07:21   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
bapabear wrote:


If you are old enough to get a fishing license, you are to old to get a free rod

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Jan 14, 2022 07:40:30   #
nutz4fish Loc: Colchester, CT
 
bapabear wrote:
I have a ridiculous amount of extra rod's and reels. After 15 years of guiding with people leaving their gear rather than paying to ship it home, I currently have about 100 to 150 left. Some of the rods are good some need repair. I have started taking two extra rod and reels with me when I go anywhere I might contact kids on the bank. When I see a kid watching others and clearly wanting to fish (You will know with a short conversation) I just give him or her rod rigged with float weight and #8hook. (be sure to include a note with each rod, so the kid does not take a whooping for stealing when he gets home. I explain where and how to get bait and let them go at it. It only takes a few minutes and puts the rod and reel where it belongs. Don't be concerned about the quality. If it will work, it will catch panfish and reasonable cats. Remember, many of us started with a cane pole. I take two as it seems I run into brother sister combos regularly. Give it thought. It is a great way to clean the shop and put dust collectors to use.
I have a ridiculous amount of extra rod's and reel... (show quote)


That stuff caused a problem for me once but didn't prevent me from still doing it. Kid at a derby was having trouble with a Snoopy outfit, got him going, but problem persisted, pickup pin on reel was worn, and I had a nice Johnson spincaster in my truck, got it and gifted it to him. His Dad went nuts, started screaming about he could buy anything the kid needed, and got really aggressive with me. Kept my kool for a while, but eventually asked him why if that was so, how come he bought that cheap piece of junk for his son.
That sure didn't help. His wife intervened, and calmed things down, and told the boy to thank me and he could keep it and continue fishing. Seemed like that would be the end of it, but after I moved away to help with refreshments, he confronted me ad promised to kick my @$$ . Attempted the most pitiful roundhouse punch imaginable, but it never got there. Picked himself up and continued, and before I knew it, we were in the mud and shallow water. Real nut case. They went home, but wife and son insisted on keeping the tackle I had given him. Often wondered how the poor kid and wife could tolerate this stuff.
Hard to understand why this stuff happens.

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Jan 14, 2022 08:54:37   #
Grizzly 17 Loc: South central Pa
 
bapabear wrote:
I have a ridiculous amount of extra rod's and reels. After 15 years of guiding with people leaving their gear rather than paying to ship it home, I currently have about 100 to 150 left. Some of the rods are good some need repair. I have started taking two extra rod and reels with me when I go anywhere I might contact kids on the bank. When I see a kid watching others and clearly wanting to fish (You will know with a short conversation) I just give him or her rod rigged with float weight and #8hook. (be sure to include a note with each rod, so the kid does not take a whooping for stealing when he gets home. I explain where and how to get bait and let them go at it. It only takes a few minutes and puts the rod and reel where it belongs. Don't be concerned about the quality. If it will work, it will catch panfish and reasonable cats. Remember, many of us started with a cane pole. I take two as it seems I run into brother sister combos regularly. Give it thought. It is a great way to clean the shop and put dust collectors to use.
I have a ridiculous amount of extra rod's and reel... (show quote)

Bapa. I've passed on most of my old rods. Knew I wasn't going to use them. Traded in several at bass pro spring classic . Hopefully they went to kids like they said. I saw some darn nice combos going in the door. Sad thing now days I'd be afraid to just hand one to a kid. If he got a hook in him or hurt in anyway probably see a lawsuit šŸ‘šŸ‘

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Jan 14, 2022 09:19:44   #
Grizzly 17 Loc: South central Pa
 
nutz4fish wrote:
That stuff caused a problem for me once but didn't prevent me from still doing it. Kid at a derby was having trouble with a Snoopy outfit, got him going, but problem persisted, pickup pin on reel was worn, and I had a nice Johnson spincaster in my truck, got it and gifted it to him. His Dad went nuts, started screaming about he could buy anything the kid needed, and got really aggressive with me. Kept my kool for a while, but eventually asked him why if that was so, how come he bought that cheap piece of junk for his son.
That sure didn't help. His wife intervened, and calmed things down, and told the boy to thank me and he could keep it and continue fishing. Seemed like that would be the end of it, but after I moved away to help with refreshments, he confronted me ad promised to kick my @$$ . Attempted the most pitiful roundhouse punch imaginable, but it never got there. Picked himself up and continued, and before I knew it, we were in the mud and shallow water. Real nut case. They went home, but wife and son insisted on keeping the tackle I had given him. Often wondered how the poor kid and wife could tolerate this stuff.
Hard to understand why this stuff happens.
That stuff caused a problem for me once but didn't... (show quote)


Nutz some people are just crazy n ungrateful. I see people buying those cute little rods but they are a waste. I got Brody a zebco 202 outfit when he was little. Took it out one time. Found out it wasn't like my old 202's. You tried šŸ‘šŸ‘

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Jan 14, 2022 10:44:36   #
bric Loc: Helena, MT
 
bapabear wrote:
I have a ridiculous amount of extra rod's and reels. After 15 years of guiding with people leaving their gear rather than paying to ship it home, I currently have about 100 to 150 left. Some of the rods are good some need repair. I have started taking two extra rod and reels with me when I go anywhere I might contact kids on the bank. When I see a kid watching others and clearly wanting to fish (You will know with a short conversation) I just give him or her rod rigged with float weight and #8hook. (be sure to include a note with each rod, so the kid does not take a whooping for stealing when he gets home. I explain where and how to get bait and let them go at it. It only takes a few minutes and puts the rod and reel where it belongs. Don't be concerned about the quality. If it will work, it will catch panfish and reasonable cats. Remember, many of us started with a cane pole. I take two as it seems I run into brother sister combos regularly. Give it thought. It is a great way to clean the shop and put dust collectors to use.
I have a ridiculous amount of extra rod's and reel... (show quote)


That is so nice and great of you to do that, bapa. Definitely doing your part to get the next generation in love with our sport.

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Jan 14, 2022 11:51:00   #
Fishingnsc Loc: Lexington SC about 10miles from Lake Murray
 
I give most of my stuff to our state federation youth clubs

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Jan 14, 2022 11:56:23   #
bric Loc: Helena, MT
 
bapabear wrote:
If you are old enough to get a fishing license, you are to old to get a free rod


I could use one of those old broomsticks you were talking about making a fence with, but guess Iā€™m too old, lol.
This year I should be getting half off my fishing and hunting licenses.
Our fishing license goes until March 1. Kinda convenient for the ice fishers. Good

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Jan 14, 2022 13:17:20   #
HenryG Loc: Falmouth Cape Cod Massachusetts
 
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS?

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