Pond Fishing Gear
I do most of my fishing on mountain trout streams, but I also enjoy taking the occasional afternoon to fish a local farm pond for bass and bream. In the past, I have just used an inexpensive spinning combo, but I am aware that one rod and reel cannot adequately cover all of my needs.
I want to be able to fish everything from small panfish lures up to Texas-rigged worms and jigs, as well as live bait. I fish from shore, so I obviously can't carry fifteen rods with me. My question is this: Which rod/reel/line combos do I really need to be able to do all of those things well without having too much to lug around?
I would really appreciate specific recommendations about rod length, power and action, baitcasting vs. spinning, gear ratio, line type and weight, etc. I would also appreciate recommendations of specific models that offer good quality without being too expensive. I drive a small car, so I need rods that break down into at least two pieces.
Thank you in advance for your advice!
"Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after." - Henry David Thoreau.