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What was your first rod and reel?  

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Some of you may not remember that far back. ;)

Mine was an Olympic Spinning combo. As a kid we use to fish the rock Jetty at Moss Landing, CA and still remember all the perch, sand dabs and jackesmelt we use to catch. Don't remember the model number, just remember that I absolutley cherished that rod and reel. I wish I still had it.

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Zebco 202 rod and reel combo.

My first bass fishing was a Garcia 5000 matched up with a 5' 6" MH Lews Speedstick.

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A shimano stella and a G loomis GLX. I got it for my 4th birthday.  

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Zebco 33 with whatever rod it was that it came on. Actually I still have the reel and it still works. Not sure what happened to the rod.....

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Zebco 66. I had to get a little older before I got a 33. No idea what the rod was, other than it about a 5 footer.

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When I was a kid, there was alway's set ups to use where ever I went. My first, all my own set up, was one I still have/use. A Berkley Avenger glass rod w/pistol grip and a Shimano Bantam Mag 10Xsg. Somewhere around '82??? It was mothballed for a few years in favor of spinning gear, but lately I had been using it again for crankbaits. Pulled in many Northern Pike, among other fish, with that combo. It was used in a few states and Canada in it's lifetime.

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Daiwa underspin reel with matching rod. I still remember my first bass, 19 years ago, I remember the spot, and seeing it jump. I had no Idea it would lead to a lifelong addiction.

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not sure but i wish i knew. it was a small red zebco spincast on a matching pistol grip rod that was about 5foot. i remember th handle brushed against the body of the reel w/ each turn and i used to practice casting so much in my yard that i eventually wore a hole in the side of the body. i was sad then....

but my first bass combo was just a few years ago it was a shakespeare synergy combo. POS broke after my first day of bassfishing. so after that i got my second bass combo which is still in good use today an okuma stratus st30 on a shakespeare ugly stick 6'6" M.

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Johnson Cisco rod and reel combo.  Everything was green and its was the most beautiful thing in the world at the time to me.  ;)

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Penn 9M General Purpose Level Wind on a Heddon Glass rod; if you can cast that with out a backlash you can cast anything.

First bass rod-n-reel; Abu Garcia Ambassaduer 5000 on a Heddon Mark Special Purpose #6277 5 ½' Medium Heavy Action, 3/8 to 1 oz, 8 to 20 lb line.

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I have my first rod right here.  If I can still read the writing on it...

Ted Williams Professional Model

Model No. **35.*0231 6'6" Medium Action

Use 3/8-3/4 OZ. Lures and 8 to 20 LB Line

Sears, Roebuck and Company

It's an orange fiberglass rod with 5 double footed guides held on with brown thread.  The grip is some sort of composite cork and the reel seat is black aluminum.   It must be more than 30 years old.  

I don't have the reel anymore, but it was a Mitchell reel that looked soemthing like this...

http://www.networkdimension.com/images/gm308.jpg

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Honestly?  My first rod was a canepole.  I was 3 yrs old and my dad chopped one down that I could use.  Spent MANY hours on our dock with that thing before I got a actual rod/reel when I was 4 yrs old.  Zebco 202 on a yellow solid glass Holiday rod.  It is still in the shed at the lake and still works.  It was junk when it was new and it's still junk. ;D

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Zebco 744? combo

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an old school abu garcia fiberglass rod with a quantum all plastic spinning reel that sounded like a pepper grinder when I cranked it- dang I still rember that combo- my dad bought it for me and I fished with it for a long time-

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Zebco 202 combo, fished with it all summer when I was 9 years old.  

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I learned to fish using an Abu 5000 on a custom Fenwick rod (my dads).  I was 7yrs old.  I caught my 1st bass on it.  The 1st rod that was all mine was an Abu 6000 on a custom built rod on an Ugly Stick blank. I was 10yrs old.

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Ted Williams Approved Shakesspear Fiberglass spinning rod from Sears with a metal MITCHELL300

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