Fishing gear/storage; my return to piscary pleasures

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Fishing gear/storage; my return to piscary pleasures

Postby working on it » Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:51 pm

piscary pleasures, i.e. joys of fishing (I hope)
working on it wrote:from another thread... I'm just now trying to get my plans for next fall's trips together.... I'm ordering some fishing gear, since I can no longer hike, bike, or much else at camp. I thought I might try fishing...my gear disappeared in the 80's, so I bought a rod & reel at Walmart, just as starters, yesterday: a $22 Berkley catfish rod, and my first-ever Zebco reel, a $25 "Max 33" (my last set-up(s) were my well-worn Lew's SpeedStick and Abu-matic 160, and a Browning baitcast rod with a Ambassadeur conventional reel from the '50s). Just to get my feet wet, again, to see if it takes, at least more-so than biking. A coupla years back, I bought a cheap "mountain bike" to see if I could bike a bit, while camping, but my knees said "no" after a few miles.
  • I don't know if it will pan out, trying "fishing" again, after 35 years since my last fishing trip (a party boat trip into the Gulf of Mexico, where I caught several 10-20 lb King mackerel and a 5-ft shark - half consumed in a big fish-eating fest that night, & half frozen for my return home-)...or since my last lake fishing trip, possibly 36 years ago, catfishing. I never really liked the hassle of large-mouth bass fishing (going to specific hot-spots jealously guarded by the bass fisherman crowd), and only liked striped bass fishing on the big lakes, so I settled into a habit of crappie and cat fishing, from the bank, as a more relaxed experience (plus, the panfish and especially catfish, were more to my taste for cooking). And, it didn't require a boat!
  • Since I don't bike or hike very well now, then I'll try fishing again while camping (or soon from my father-in-laws large "tanks" - that's Texan for "pond"- off of a small creek, near Granbury). I have few friends now, none who fish at all, except that I've seen a couple of S.Central Group campers fish. I waited too long to try Beaver's Bend, now that we won't go there for awhile, and several waterside campsites in the past, so maybe we'll be lake/creek/riverside camping in the future? Anyway, I got a Texas Senior Combo hunting/freshwater-fishing license (though none is required for state parks), and started acquiring some basic gear for bank fishing, focusing on catfish. Cheap, too, but not so cheap as to fail immediately, but I shouldn't spend big bucks if I don't like it. So far. I've spent around a $100, for basic gear (including a "ready to fish" tackle box that I haven't opened yet. It's a start anyway. My bike was only used one time, and now it hangs from the garage rafters with a flat tire...I'm glad I didn't spend over a $100 for it, either.
  • Well, as is my usual custom, of making stuff for my TTT and camping trips that are few-and-far-between http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=70367&hilit=usual, I'm going to construct a custom rod & reel transport tube, to mount on the roof of my TTT (I love modifying my TTT), and which I can detach if I need to safely transport my rod & reel via my HHR or truck. I've broken several rod tips in the past, and even damaged the reels, in the days before I started buying pickups (2 with shells added, later) to haul gear (fishing, camping, hunting, baseball, softball...all long ago). Since I've already exceeded my weekly spending limit (wife-imposed), I'll have to build my storage tube next week, if I can. I've already sourced the parts (some nearby at HD, some online, and a 2" pvc tube I have leftover from my last home project. I have already made a scale? drawing, and just need the parts to build it. Mounting system will be figured-out later, though, but I already have the attachment points for the 7' tube marked. I sure miss the construction phase, and like small projects like this.
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  • Custom-sized for my rod & reel (which most likely will be the only gear I'll ever get again), the tube will be painted Massey Ferguson grey, like my TTT, and will be mounted curbside, where I usually have my canopy-covered "porch". and won't be in the way of the streetside door/sidetent on there, or the canopy wall I usually use. If I choose not to be a fisherman later, I can make it appear as a "M18 recoilless rifle", just for kicks.
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Re: Fishing gear/storage; my return to piscary pleasures

Postby slowcowboy » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:55 am

Done it 3 years ago to bulky to big folks think its a spud gun on your suvs roof rack..i use the 2 inch pvc pipe with the slot in it for the real to hang out...cover the reel wirh a cablelas reel cover...i got a fly rod moutain case that I pack extra rods in with the reels off in a stuff bag in my tear..the pvc 2 inch pipe is normaly for a fast grab rod..like a small one for creek fishing normally a miro lite shackspear...and some easy fly reel or spinning reel that i use just for creek fishing..slow..
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Re: Fishing gear/storage; my return to piscary pleasures

Postby Sparksalot » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:40 am

slowcowboy wrote:Done it 3 years ago to bulky to big folks think its a spud gun on your suvs roof rack..i use the 2 inch pvc pipe with the slot in it for the real to hang out...cover the reel wirh a cablelas reel cover...i got a fly rod moutain case that I pack extra rods in with the reels off in a stuff bag in my tear..the pvc 2 inch pipe is normaly for a fast grab rod..like a small one for creek fishing normally a miro lite shackspear...and some easy fly reel or spinning reel that i use just for creek fishing..slow..


I dunno Slow, some field artillery mounted on the tear might slow down the attacking boy scouts.

BTW, I 'm glad you mentioned the reel. I noticed the 2" PVC on your tear, but didn't get the chance to ask how you stowed the reel for your rod.
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Re: Fishing gear/storage; my return to piscary pleasures

Postby slowcowboy » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:01 pm

The one on my tear had,a,slot cut in the pipe..the reel hangs out the rod inside....the moutain rod case I won in a raffle it holds,a taken down spinning lake rod and a fly rod.ir goes behind my seat in my truck..the reels won't fit in it.so they go in a stuff bag in my tear. The pc fishing pipe rod cases were fun projects on the big one I used a drain pipe fitting from a local rv dealer it covers the hole rod and reel but yea its bulky. Slow
Plans. there was supposed to be plans to be followed when I built this thing. Opps! AH, gee, tum,tee tum. I think I forgot about the plans 2 years ago. ------Tow vehicles, 1995 ford explore, 1994 ford ranger, 1993 ford F-150, 2009 4x9 Off road teardrop, on harbor freight greatly modified frame.
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