Your first quality fishing rod ?

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  1. Croaker.Stroker

    Croaker.Stroker Old White Guy

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    Do you remember buying your first “real” saltwater fishing rod ?

    I had saved up paper route money to buy my first really nice boat rod. My friend had gotten his driver’s license and we would travel down the Harbor Freeway to Pierpoint landing. I remember that there was no divider and traveling in the early morning hours we saw a bad accidents with multiple body bags strewn across the median. Anyway, we would fish on a boat called the “Estrella”. So, for that type of fishing, I needed a new fishing rod.

    My friend drove me to a tackle shop somewhere around the Paramount/Compton area. I remember that there was a rod rack in the middle of the shop. The rack had a sign on it and the brand new rods in this rack were marked 50% off. I picked one out and the sales guy walked over to me to tell me about the rod. He told me to hold the rod tight, as if I were catching a fish and pull as hard as I can. He said “don’t worry, you’re not going to break this rod”. So I held on tight and he pulled and jerked the rod like a big fish. Well, although this was not the Sila-Flex I was looking for, I was sold. The brand on this rod was marked “CalTaCo” and the 1/2 price and sales technique did the trick on me.

    At that time, I was the youngest member of the “Bellflower Sportsman’s Club”. So this rod caught many, many fish, and earned me quite a few club “buttons”....Up until the time my wife slammed it in the car door years later.

    Countless fishing rods later, I still remember that one.
     
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    smokinwater "Fire's Out!"

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    Sabre!
     
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    MRC70 Well-Known "Member"

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    Early 80’s I bought a Sabre 6701 and a Newell P-229-F.
     
  4. mackereljoe

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    Garcia conolon, i think it was 15.00 paid in quarters nickels and dimes. I fished it till it became part of dads vegetable garden stick.
     
  5. stank

    stank Well-Known "Member"

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    Got a new Jigmaster for my birthday, and bought a Saber 665 with money from lawn jobs.

    Gal my mother worked with’s husband wrapped it for me...
     
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    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    Seeker Classic series SC 670-7.
    Penn 545
     
  7. CartridgeCalls

    CartridgeCalls 100% Disabled Veteran Owned Business

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    30 years later I'm still using my 10ft Roddy.
     
  8. mike garrahan

    mike garrahan TheSabreGuy

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    I got my first decent rod in the early 1960's. I got a 7' Lamiglas 30-40 lb. blank at Santa Barbara Sporting goods. It was on Santa Barbara St. across from the LA sports arena before they renamed the street MLK Bl. It was in a barrel with a bunch of other blanks that already had cork grips and a Varmac reelseat installed. I think I paid $15 or $20 for the blank and I also picked up a set of Perfection boat guides and some thread and rod varnish. My brother and I hand turned the rod on the front porch and wrapped the guides while we supported the rod on our legs. I used the rod for albacore for many years with a Penn jigmaster that I got at the local JC Penny store for $14. I still have the rod and have rewrapped it at least twice.
     
  9. Fog Ducker!

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    5' solid glass w/ Mitchell 300 & 15# line. Tied it to my bike and rode 7 miles to the dock.(in the snow!)

    The "Terror of Horseshoe Kelp"

    Ducker!
     
  10. Jaysons999

    Jaysons999 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    My first real rod was a seeker black steel 6480 I got when I was like 12. Got it from boss bait and tackle in Kearny Mesa. I used to love that place. Still have that rod to this day and Is my favorite jig rod owned . Rewraped her twice. Great thread here bringing back memories!
     
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    af dreamer I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Early 60s Lamiglass 2200 and 2300.Then moved to Truline D8 when they came out.Never was a Harnell guy.Tom
     
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    Workplacesafety Reducing workplace injuries and illnesses

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    Truline 4X. Still using it 50 years later.

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    dctalk523 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Calstar 800m and 800xl wrapped by Yo's. Now I use a Moon wrapped 100jmag.
     
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    Ranger Contender - Newell P322... I worked at Turners in Orange 1987-1988... I dont think I ever brought any money home from that job...
     
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    Fenwick JB65C blank. First rod I wrapped; red white & blue triple wrap with basic diamond. Made the handle too short but it wasn't at the time. Jigmaster and 25 pound, pretty good setup. Still gots it.

    Good fishin'!
    BDC OK
     
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    michael e. bingham Well-Known "Member"

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    My first rod was a classic 7 foot kelp cutter ho ey color , my next 3 were Kennedy fisher which i still own , then from there 2 Tru line rods which i still own , I also still own several penn 500s along with penn 25s and penn squidders , which I do not use , I do use my 36 C 8 foot Tru line every so often
     
  17. Tail Chaser

    Tail Chaser Member

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    Limited Edition Seeker jig stick they made 25 I think.

    Blue blank gold guides paired with a ProGear reel I still love it and it gets more time in my hand than anything else I own.
    I bought in 2003 I think, for way too much money... My very first Rod.
     
  18. jer dog

    jer dog Fishing is life

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    my first rod was A Sabre 196 -7 with
    A Newell 229, it Killed Plenty of Albacore ,
    And it even handled A 35 LB, YFT.
     
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  19. Jigslinger

    Jigslinger Fishing is an incurable disease

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    Mine was a Sabre 670 with a Jigmaster combo from Turner’s for 69.99. I still remember the first time I took it out and a deckhand commented ‘great rod, shitty reel’. Lol

    I eventually got a Penn 4/0 for that rod and put the jigmaster on a Sabre 530.

    Still have that Sabre 670 in the garage somewhere. It killed a lot of fish in its career.
     
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    plj46 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    My first nice rod was a Garcia Conolon SS2 i bought at Longs drug store in El Cajon.I bought it with my paper route money,probably 1975 or 76.Light brown blank with white and green thread.I still have it,it's been rewrapped twice and i still use it occasionally.
     

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