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#11729671 - 07/18/16 09:34 PM Which One?
Unifish Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/18/16
Posts: 5
Loc: North Texas
Been lurking here a long time....finally joined up,
I turn to the wisdom here for a bit of advice:

My grandson wants to start fishing like me. His birthday is coming up, and he hinted that he wants a new rod and reel. He will be 8 years old. He already knows how to cast.

I've been fond of Ugly Stiks for a long time, and I like Abu Garcia reels.

Would you recommend the Abu Garcia Ike Dude combo or the Ugly Stik combo for him? Both rods are medium, and 5' 6" long. The Ugly Stik is a durable rod that would stand up to a lot of abuse, but the reel is not the best. The Abu Garcia has a better reel, but I am unfamiliar with the rod.

Your opinion is greatly appreciated!

#11729763 - 07/18/16 10:23 PM Re: Which One? [Re: Unifish]
Ledeez Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/01/15
Posts: 699
Loc: Lake lavon
Keep the Ike rod and upgrade the Abu reel to a better Abu spin reel..! All you need for a starter!

#11730127 - 07/19/16 08:58 AM Re: Which One? [Re: Unifish] Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/10/10
Posts: 1281
Loc: Entire Gulf and Atlantic Coast...
I agree.. if he's 8 he should be able to start using a spin cast. let him start learning to cast with that rod and a good spinning reel and he'll make quick in advancements.. maybe a year from now you can upgrade the rod to a nicer rod that will last a couple of years.

I also recommend the Okuma trio reels as well as Berkley lightning rods for guest or kids set ups (but the ugly stick will take more abuse for a rod)
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#11730207 - 07/19/16 09:42 AM Re: Which One? [Re: Unifish]
crapyetr Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/20/14
Posts: 994
Loc: G'twn
Zebco 33 Platinum...i'm 66 and still use 1st reel was a Zebco 89...who remembers those???

#11730342 - 07/19/16 10:43 AM Re: Which One? [Re: Unifish]
Wayne P. Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 3367
Loc: Charlottesville, Va
For a spincast reel I would recommend a Diawa Goldcast. It has a higher gear ratio that the other spincast reels. I have several that I take along if I have inexperienced anglers with me. There are several sizes. A lot better than the 3:1 or lower ratio reels.
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#11730564 - 07/19/16 12:27 PM Re: Which One? [Re: Wayne P.]
Unifish Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/18/16
Posts: 5
Loc: North Texas
Thanks for the replies thus far. I guess I should have been a bit more specific.

The Abu Garcia Ike Dude combo has the better reel on it. The Ugly Stik combo is a really durable rod that would take a lot of abuse and last a long time, but has a lesser reel on it. Is the Ike Dude rod better than the Ugly Stik?

Once again, I welcome you comments.

#11731525 - 07/19/16 08:16 PM Re: Which One? [Re: Unifish]
Space Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 05/14/10
Posts: 921
Loc: Space City, USA
zebco 33 is best for kids.

#11734574 - 07/21/16 12:25 PM Re: Which One? [Re: Space]
Allen Bass Fisher Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 1585
Loc: Allen, TX
Originally Posted By: Space
zebco 33 is best for kids.

I caught a lot of fish on a Zebco 33 growing up. Reels are bullet proof. I still have the one a grew up with. Planning on teaching my Grandson how to fish with it.

#11735269 - 07/21/16 06:07 PM Re: Which One? [Re: Unifish]
fmrmbmlm Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/27/14
Posts: 821
Weak point on the new Zebcos is the plastic push button.

#11735751 - 07/21/16 10:37 PM Re: Which One? [Re: Wayne P.]
JasonB23 Offline

Registered: 02/26/16
Posts: 170
Loc: Garland Tx
All my children use the daiwa goldcast. It's the best made spin cast and easy to use.


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