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04-11-2019 08:21 AM
PBsQuest My first was a Zebco 33 with matching rod. My Dad engraved my name on it and I still have it now. It is still the go to perch rod on Lake Erie. I'll use it for my newly born grandkid when she is old enough to get out fishing with Grandpa. It's fully covered in scales and works like a champ. Funny how we still use that even though there are thousands of dollars worth of other rods on the boat.

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04-10-2019 03:19 PM
Bill Krejca OK, first real outfit, other than a cane pole, was a brand new Bronson Lashless no. 1700 reel and a Gep 54" steel rod, a casting outfit. Spinning and spin cast were still unfamiliar words at that time. I still have them.

04-10-2019 01:46 PM
Lundman1! My first reel was a Zebco 33
04-04-2019 11:24 AM
mlee3553 Sounds like I'm a bit younger than some on here. My very first setup, which I actually don't remember other than pictures of it was a little Donald Duck combo. My first rod and reel combo which my Dad bought me at a sale was a Johnson Century spincast reel on a red fiberlass pole. I still have that combo somewhere I caught a lot of bass and gills growing up on that setup. I was a teenager when I got my first spinning combo, Diawa reel I don't remember the rod. My first baitcaster didn't come till I was in my 30's. Just bought my son his first "real" setup hope it last as long as what dad bought me 35 years ago.
04-04-2019 06:48 AM
Zepco - Mitchell 300

Yeah, vaguely remember the Zepco followed by Mitchell 300, I loved that Mitchell.
Paperroute provided funds to buy that reel and never had a reason to consider another one.
Reel was matched to a heavy 7 footer probably rated 12-20 and could handle
any trout, smallie, catfish and was my go to reel when I first discovered the Eastern L Ontario King
salmon runs of early 70's. I finally trashed the gears in 84 char fishing in Baffin Island.
04-03-2019 04:09 PM
andersaki Growing up in the '50s and 60's Dad had several old Bronson baitcasters with dacron line. Not having freespool or brakes, they wouldn't hardly cast without backlashing, but were ok for bobber fishing or trolling. When I came back from Viet Nam I bought a lefty 301 Mitchell and a 2 piece 7' Shakespeare glass rod. I think that the whole combo cost about 25 bucks. That set up worked for everything from trout to pike all over Minnesota and Wyoming. I still have it, but haven't used it in thirty years.

04-03-2019 03:06 PM
ECIRandy When I was a kid in the early '70's I used a Zebco 33 and some cheap fiberglass rod. When I was in HS in the early 80's I bought a Diawa Goldcast reel and a Eagle Claw fiberglass rod. Caught a ton of fish fishing strip mines in central IL with my Dad in his Bass Buggy. My former boss liked higher end stuff and introduced me to Shimano Stradic's and St. Croix Avid rods. I'm hooked now with the high end stuff but still had a **** of a lot of fun with the cheap gear!
03-30-2019 10:40 PM
Originally Posted by REW View Post
After the last child jammed up the zebco again, I asked all of the kids for their poles with zebcos on them.

I removed all of the zebcos from the poles and threw each of them as far from the boat as possible.

Then, I tied 10 feet of line to the tip of each pole and all of the kids started catching all kinds of pan fish.

The bottom of the lake made a wonderful final resting place for these reels.

Be safe

That's why we can't have nice thingys anymore.
Litterbug REW is going around polluting the lakes with old Zebcos.
03-30-2019 08:33 PM
Anonymouse Anyone else here ever use one of those hollow copper telescoping fly rods?

Still have 2 of them in the basement, one about 6" shorter than the other one.
If Anonymouse wasn't so lazy he'd go look for a name brand on 'em.
An all-metal rod is not really very practical or even efficient, crappy sensitivity, but they did catch fish over the 2 or 3 seasons Anonymouse played with them & they set the hook H>A>R>D !!
03-30-2019 11:18 AM
Zebco 600

An early memory was fishing in a rental row boat with my Grandpa and Grandma on Little Silver Lake in Wild Rose, WI. They had just presented me with a little rod and reel. It broke within an hour. Grandpa said to Grandma "I knew that thing was junk. Gotta get the boy a better one". Very soon Grandma and Grandpa would surprise me with a Zebco 600 combo. The reel was identical to the picture.. the copper covered cap and the large screw. I remember taking that screw off as a child, transfixed and reverent of the "magic" that occurred beneath the cap. I had the reel for years. Life displaced it somewhere, but not the memory of Grandpa and Grandma...thank you for everything.
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