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    Still Wondering mika's Avatar
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    Fishing and Motorcycling

    I do not fish but am interested in taking it up in a small way. Several trips I want to take upon my return to riding this season will take me to far northern Mn. I would like to try my hand at some shoreline fishing when I am camping.
    I know that there are fisherman among you from past posts and articles in ON.

    What would you suggest for a basic motorcycle fishing kit?
    How do you carry the gear on your bike?

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    I have a cheap telescopic rod that I bought at Big 5 Sports for $14 and it fits in my side case.
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    get a pack rod, either telescopic or take apart. Mine has four sections, and I store it in a length of pvc pipe with the caps taped on.

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    fishing-another option

    M1ka- another option would be to bike up to Cass Lake, Mn and visit me; I fish every day in the summer; contact me if you need info/directions.....wj

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawman
    M1ka- another option would be to bike up to Cass Lake, Mn and visit me; I fish every day in the summer; contact me if you need info/directions.....wj
    M1ka-I fish a lot, and can assure you that you'll learn more by spending a day with a good fisherman than you will reading and studying for months. You really need to decide what you want to fish for, and whether you want to be a more active (casting & retrieving) or passive (bait suspended below a bobber) fisherman. Personally I like to fish with a fly rod, but that can become a passion that rivals motorcycling or anything else in your life. No matter what you choose, the learning never ends! Have fun.
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    Looking at fishing from a professional viewpoint it pays to hire a guide and go out with him. Even though it may be a bit of $$, it is easier to find out if you like fishing or not. Most guides can recommend some equipment that works well for what you like to do. IMHO a three or four piece spinning rod with reel is your best bet, especially for bike travel. The conventional reels you see the bass fishermen use aren't for a beginner. DAMHIK, I used to carry a few on my boat and after untangling the lines ( cutting it all off ), I decided that spinning gear was the easiest for all involved including me .

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    I pack my GS most every weekend to flyfish the extraordinary catskill mountains. I usually have 4 pc. rod in an aluminum case strapped down to the luggage rack with mini shock cords together with my wading staff. (I fall a lot , fishing is a contact sport to me).. Fishing vest, waders and boots packed in the side cases.. My Reel is in a case and a spare is packed in my tankbag. Take plastic Garbage bags so you can put anything wet in them for the ride home and plenty of water. Keep your lines tight

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancogan
    You really need to decide what you want to fish for,
    For fun. I am not certain what to say beyond that.

    Quote Originally Posted by dancogan
    and whether you want to be a more active (casting & retrieving) or passive (bait suspended below a bobber) fisherman. Personally I like to fish with a fly rod, but that can become a passion that rivals motorcycling or anything else in your life. No matter what you choose, the learning never ends! Have fun.
    I have my doubts about fly fishing and my skills. I have a friend that has promised to expose me to that.

    I was thinking more along the lines of casting and retrieving. Again I am not certain I expect to catch anything or get very involved but with that said it has seemed like something that could be fun when camping.

    Burnszilla, thanks for the Pocket Fisherman link. I remember seeing him hawk them at a boat show years ago.

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