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I just bought my 7th spinning reel for freshwater trips.  I also have 4 2-piece rods.  I've got an Ugly Stick and a $99.00 Penn reel, but the rest of the stuff is inexpensive.

 

I'm just curious about other non-pro, non-tournament, mostly shore-caster anglers like myself.  For a typical weekend or 3-4 day trip, how much equipment do you travel with?

 

I like having a lot of extra reels because I shore-cast a lot with treble hook lures and lose a lot of line to snags.  

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I'm not the best one to answer this question. I bring less gear on a two week fishing trip than a lot of the guys who post here do for a couple hour bank excursion. Instead of bringing several reels with you in case you lose a lot of line, why don't you just bring a couple of reels and extra spools of line?  

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When bank fishing or out of the canoe, I keep it to 2 or 3. A small tackle box with a few lures for canoe fishing and a bag with a couple 3600 boxes and bags of plastics bank fishing.

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For a morning outing when I'm bank fishing I'll bring four rods, and leave one in the car as a back up.  I carry a small tackle box with a little of everything in it. 

 

When I'm on a weekend trip fishing out of a boat it's six rods, and my two tackle bags.  One bag for plastics, and one for crankbaits.

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I have about 10 rods in the rod locker for a 3 day trip. All 1 pc.  On a 2 week family vacation to SWFL, I bring 6 rods in a rod tube. 6 reels as well. Saltwater is not good for reels so get them cleaned regularly plus i have had a few break while down there so it's good to have back ups.

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depends on what kind of vacation are we talking here? If it is my fishing vacation, I would bring all I have. If it is family vacation, then just as many as I can comfortably carry without any burden to my other family members. 

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I don't bank fish nearly as much as boat or kayak.  But...I have a Dodge Durango which is pretty well packed with fishing related gear from March to Thanksgiving....not just back, but back seat, also....and one, sometimes two kayaks on top....never less than 10 rods and dozen and a half 3600 boxes....trolling motor/batteries, kayak crates...it only seems like a lot because I usually keep my wife's stuff in my car, also  :)  its her fault

In fact, this past weekend, my stepson drove up to the lake we were staying at and I had trouble just making room for him in my car when we went to dinner

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1 week in Wisconsin 28 rods/reels.  1 week on St Clair (not my boat) 10 rigged and 2 backup.  

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For a weeks vacation where I might be able to fish a few of those days I take 2 Baitcaster and 3 spinning set-ups.

 

My son only uses spinning gear so one of those set-ups will be for him.

 

I used to take more but most of it sat in the room while I was out bank fishing.

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Going on a 4 day trip this week. Taking 2 casting setups, 2 spinning setups.

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For me on tournaments, I take fifteen on the deck rigged and ready and 5 in the rod locker for just in case. So no more than 7 for me on a trip to a lake fun fishing.

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3 setups 2 casting 1 spinning.  Bring 2 spare spools for the casting reel with line ready to go.  I will bring the same if I am shore fishing or from my yak.  My last trip to Texas I had 74hf, 610mxf and a mlxf spinning rod.  I used the heavy the least but I had no real feel for all the condition's I would face so I tried to cover most situations.

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For myself, it's usually two casting rods and one spinning rod. I currently have two spinning rods, but will upgrading my spinning rod soon and my kids can use the two that I have now.

 

The kids have two casting rods, and a casting rod and spinning rod each. I got each of them a good casting rod for this year, so I will definitely bring those, and probably bring one or two of my current spinning rods too for them to use.

 

Then we each have a light or ultra light trout rod which may likely come with us...

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2 rods if I'm bank fishing, 1 if I'm wading the river, 4 if I'm on the boat. 

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10 in the boat or 3 from the shore.

 

For a trip it would be everything I could fit after I had the essentials.

 

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Seven setups is a good start....

 

When I started fishing again I bank fished with two rods and a SpiderWire backpack.  

 

When I bought my first kayak I bought more rods (I blame the MONKEY) and carry three on the kayak when on the water.  My backpack wore out and I now use a Rigid (Home-D) 'milk crate' with whatever 3700s I decide to take with me that day.

 

I have roughly 30 setups, about a 65/35 mix of baitcast/spinning, and choose what I take based on mood/weather.  I have my kayak on my ladder rack almost all the time from April to October.

 

Lastly I keep a baitcast and spinning travel setup under my back seat 'just in case'.

 

Best of luck packing your travel gear.  Like many members, you'll start off light and grow your arsenal as you go along.

 

 

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If I am going away with the family I bring two rods, both two piece. One spinning ml-f and one casting Mh-xf. 

 

If I am going with fishing friends or on a friend's boat I bring two, one piece rods of higher quality. One spinning m-xf and one casting mh-f. I also bring the good stuff when I go bank fishing alone. 

 

I always bring a bass pro backpack with 2 Plano 3601 loaded with a variety of plastics and lures. Plus the normal stuff like terminal tackle, multitool, net, scale, line, sunglasses, sunscreen, lots of water and some cliff bars. Total weights of the pack fully loaded is about 10lbs.

 

This set up has taken me awhile to get to. A lot of trial and error. I value simplicity, efficiency, and versatility. I am sure it will continue to evolve, but that's where I am at for now. 

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Backpack. Three rods. Medium to medium heavy setup for soft pladtics baby jigs baby spinnerbaits with a fast or ex fadt tip. Heavy rod for bigger jigs spinnerbaits top waters and swim baits. Crankin stick.

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On 4/2/2018 at 10:07 PM, Scott F said:

I'm not the best one to answer this question. I bring less gear on a two week fishing trip than a lot of the guys who post here do for a couple hour bank excursion. Instead of bringing several reels with you in case you lose a lot of line, why don't you just bring a couple of reels and extra spools of line?  

Thanks for all of the replies.

 

I just came back from my local bait and tackle shop.  I had originally only intended on getting my last reel spooled up, but as usual, left with my wallet a little lighter. :)  In addition to some lures and other equipment, I picked another inexpensive spinning combo.  This brings my freshwater arsenal up to 5 rods and 8 reels.  I think I should be set for the season. :)

 

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