Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  

rod/reel/lures suggestions....

Recommended Posts

I'm not sure where to post this so will just post this in few places and see what answers I get.

I'm looking to buy rod/reel/lures for myself and my two young boys. They are age 7 and 4. Which brand do u suggest. I'm a ROOOOKIE! AND thats an understatement. grin I did get advice from a fellow fm'er last summer but thanks to my feeble brain, I couldnt remember which brand it was that he suggested! smirk

Will be fishing for bluegills, bass, etc (small fishes).....when my boys get older, will get them hooked on musky fishing. grin

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Pretty easy to forget smile

For the 4 year old, get a floating "Spiderman" or SpongeBob or whatever little outfit. Key thing is floating wink That will work until he is about 6, or if he really gets into fishing and wants a "big boy" rod.

For the 7 year old, get a Zebco or any brand spincast reel with a 5' light action rod. I would say get a fiberglass rod instead of graphite, as graphite breaks easier. Even an Ugly Stick would be a great bet. As he gets better at casting, and he gets into fishng, getting a second rod, a spinning reel with medium light action, maybe in graphite would be good upgrade.

For yourself, get a spinning reel and medium light action rod. Gander has good brand, and I really like their spinning reels. Or Shimano is good, or just about anything. I would suggest an IM6 or IM7 graphite rod (Berkley Lightning Rod is a good starter rod) in medium light would cover all the "little fish" fishing you do, and do well enough on bigger fish until you get a second setup.

Put 8 pound mono line on the kids poles, and that wopuld work for you too. Berkley Trilene XL is about as standard as you can get.

Make sure you have line cutter, long nose pliers, jaw spreader (for pike), and a GOOD SIDECUTTER. The sidecutter is for cutting hooks if they get stuck in your fingers or skin - I just had to use ours on Saturday with a muskie lure hook through my thumb. Get a good one, Knipex Brand.

Also, make sure the kids and you have sunglasses and you wear them. That is my number one rule with fishing with the grandkids. Everybody wears glasses, no excuses.

Then go and have fun! smile Others will have great suggestions too.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

why the glasses? other than someone trying to cast and hittin ya the only reason i see. dont take this the wrong way boxmn, i an curious to know, you know learn something.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

For the kids I would suggest the Zebco 33 combo. I got them for my kids at WallyWorld for under $20. They are very easy to use and indestructable for the most part. They are also very versitale in what they can handle as far as fish size and types.

If you are really new to fishing this may be good for you too, as it gets you in for low $. However, if you know you are going to fish long term I would suggest a combo from Cabelas or Gander Mtn. (Like the poster said above) Just ask the sales guys for recommendations on what they have. You could get a decent starter setup for around $60.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Exactly. Spend any time with little kids casting, or beginners, or even bass anglers who set the hook very hard ("Cross their eyes, son!" smile ) and you will see lures hit faces and heads, and rod tips going where they should not.

But yep, where there are kids, there needs to be glasses, IMHO. I made that rule when my daughter-in-law had a spinnerbait slap the side of her face, pretty hard.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • chains on the front too, unless you use sheet metal screw!!!  that's the old way and works too!!!   that is if you have 4 wheel drive....
    • Anyone out there have one? Opinions, reviews? Thinking of buying one and curious if they hold up and worth the $$.   Thanks!
    • I found two of these hiding in the rear of my rod rack...  
        Lettering on the blank says... "GR28-7', Medium, 4-10#, IM6 Graphite, Jigging/Rigging"   The cork is a bit faded but overall these look almost new. Asking $150.00 OBO for the pair.   I'd like to do a face to face sale in or close to Carver County or Eden Prairie. However, shipping is available. I'd need to get you a price quote. Questions or need other pictures? Email me at dan8026 at gmail dot com
    • My experience is that more often you will get hung up before losing traction from your tires. Taller tires will give you more ground clearance and let you get through more deep stuff but as a general rule the more you do just changes where you get stuck not if.   As far as extra traction, on my sportsman and RZR I just screwed 1/2"sheet metal screws into the lugs and that gave me lots of bite on glare ice.     
    • I have Zilla's which have 1 1/4" tread and they go through a lot of snow. That being said, chains on the rear are salvation in slush or even bare ice or loose snow over ice. On bare ice it's hard to get the rig moving pulling a sled. They will also help on icey slopes like at landings. Still, don't forget the shovel.
    • I bought new tires for my Sportsman 500 last year.  I think the lugs/tread is about 1-1/4".  They work great for plowing my driveway.  I went out on the lake via my neighbors road a couple weeks ago, he plows a short trail out on the lake every year for use to drive out on our atv's for ice fishing.  He hasn't plowed since walleye season closed, so it has snowed and drifted over a little.  I tried driving my atv out and between the slush and deeper snow, I was bottoming out and getting stuck.  I don't know if chains would help that much if you're bottoming out and getting hung up on the frame.  Not to mention if you break through the hard packed trail or hit the deeper snow once you're out on the lake, you'll have a heck of a time getting going again-bring the shovel! Also, if pulling a sled of some sort behind you, that will compound things. Did I mention that I have a couple of snowmobiles that I'll sell you for a good price, that will take care of that problem
    • I live in the cities and tried a couple of springs to find some ramps, nothing. The first time I looked at my parents North of Cambridge, they were all over! Now I try to only harvest enough for myself and a few close friends. Growing up, no one i knew harvested wild edibles. I have never harvested fiddleheads so these  are on my hit list this spring!
    •   I fish out of the bow on my boat most of the time, having a bow mount trolling motor.  Casting, rigging, whatever.  Only when trolling do I sit in the back or at the console.        But if you can swivel the depth finder around then you are good to go.      If Link is not an issue then look at all three brands.   There are some real deals to be had in the lower rank models like Hook or whatever.   Garmin is also worth a look.   
    • I'm still inching along in my plan to buy an ATV. I'm going to get something small and light so that it's easier to move around. It will be primarily used for three purposes: 1) to pull dead birch and pine to my woodshed; 2) to slowly ride the rocky trail back in the woods; and 3) for transportation across the lake in the winter.   My question has to do with the last part. I know that a snowmobile would be best, and that's what I used to own. I'm switching to an ATV because it's more versatile. There are times in the winter when it will go across the packed snow or snowmobile tracks just fine. My question is about some of the less certain times. When the snow is deeper and an ATV is less favorable, what works best - snow tires or chains? This would be a mix of driving on the trail to get to the lake, and then onto the lake.   Do snow tires really have much of an impact or is it just a mild improvement over the stock tires?