Its not about the cost, its about the size. You are not gonna have a full sized fishing pole and reel in your smaller survival bags...by the looks and how cheap it is i dought it will last very long before it falls apart. if you go to auctions you can get rods/reels of better quality for around the same price. ive bought brand new rod & reel for $7. but who know it hold up.
The pocket fisherman is WAY bigger and heavier... I would rather have my breakdown full sized pole which is probably the same size and length! But if I were going to put toghether a bare essentials survival kit for the truck or whatever a pen style kit like this seems the way to go!i think u would be better off buying a pocket fisherman
I second that. I've used a "Loony Tunes Tasmanian Devil" kid's fishing pole with great success for perch, large mouth bass and pickerel. About $7 at your box store.Very compact, very reasonably priced, if it will hold up to use I think its got some merit.
As for the Pocket fisherman, I agree its way heavier and bulkier. I think the Sponge Bob rod and reel I found at the river would serve better. As cheesey as it looks I have netted a lot of 1-5 lbs channel cats with it and more saucer sized bream than I can shake a stick at. I use it and a sabiki rig mainly, to catch small 3-5 inch bream for catfish bait when I am out Yakking and on the hunt for some 20 plus pound catfish. Its small, handy and gets the job done fine...I just look awful stupid using it!
I gotta check it, but I think the rod and reel are one piece.why couldnt you put a better reel on the looney toon or sponge bob poles for durablity. if you kept the string light enough pounds it shouldnt hurt the pole. you would have a fishing rig that should last a while.
Thank you for this post about EMMROD. I never heard of this system and I intend to get one. I have fished all my life and this would be my choice for my BOB.I've toyed with several compact fishing kits. I know the cheap version is the soda can for a hand-caster, but there's also a commercial one that is a little better at holding the fishing line and it has a flat profile which is better at packing. Another great compact pole is designed by EMMROD; they're a little expensive, but I've found them very functional at long distance casting and great for smaller streams with a lot of overhead foliage. Of course, you can always just pack a few safety pins or snare wire and make your own rod and if you really want to do some fishing just buy a quality compact reel and attach it to a sapling with zip-ties and imporvised eyelets from snare wire or safety pins.
Here's a simple kit I put together for my smaller BoB and when out backpacking (fits a small container slightly larger than a film cannister):
Here's a small perch my son caught with his mini-fishing kit; he was 8 years old at the time, so with some practice it is more than feasible:
Unfortunately they are so thats not an option or it would have been a done deal. There is a Youtube video of a guy on the gulf coast catching a Bull Red with one, that made me give this cheesy set up a little more credit than I would otherwise.Quote:
Originally Posted by Cryptkeeper
why couldnt you put a better reel on the looney toon or sponge bob poles for durablity. if you kept the string light enough pounds it shouldnt hurt the pole. you would have a fishing rig that should last a while.
I gotta check it, but I think the rod and reel are one piece.
Yeah not a bad idea. I used these things in Japan although they had a reel seat on them instead of a cleat to attatch and store extra line. These could easily be lashed to a backpack frame for easy carry, then whipped out when a fishing oppertunity presents itself. They would beat the heck out of using a stick and line for dangling a jig or dropping a baited hook in the water.I haven't seen anything about telescopic cane poles on any of these threads. Theyre light, CHEAP, and while they might be a lil on the long side (3.5 ft) I have taken a many crappie with one.
Here's a link for one that's pretty cheap