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Hello all,

I own a small sports boat and am keen on purchasing a couple of telescopic rods for the occasional fishing trip. Being a bit of a tight wad I am only looking to spend a max of £20 and found this one here;
http://www.marinemegastore.com/jump/20/cat_id/FSHEOD011/product-product-FLA_12F_9260T.htm

£under 8 quid seems stupid cheap but there does not seem to be much in the middle. Can anyone make any recommendations? I know £20 is not a lot to play with but there must be a middle ground between quality vs cost?

Thanks for any help

Dave
 
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It is certainly very cheap but the fittings will be very poor quality for that money and it wont last very long.
You would probably do better looking out for a couple of rods at a boot fair or boat jumble.
Welcome to WSF anyway Dave and good luck in your search.
 

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If you're tight then spend double that and get one good rod that will last. £40 will get you a Penn Powerstix from Veals at half price. See Giller Thriller recommendation elsewhere! Feel the value!!!

It will also be more of a pleasure to own and use.
 

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Another option depending on what your fishing for are the colmic boat rods, they cost around £15 and are very good for mini species, such as rockling, garfish, blennies aswell as flatties and whiting.

They have a tip on them that is as fine as a river quiver tip so show up the smallest of bites when fishing with braid.

You dont see many of them about but they are definatly worth looking at.

I picked up a ron thompson xsymmetry boat rod at the weekend 20lb class for £35 and I know that veals are selling them at £30 and p&p is £6.95 for next day / first class delivery.

They have sic rings on them and look very good, prevously being sold for £59.99 then reduced to £49.99 and some places are selling them for £35 ish, I think thats because they are being discontinued.


I would say 20lb is too much for general fishing though, I mainly got mine for a bit of tope fishing and general downtiding but I was looking for an 18lb class rod but the mustad one I was offered looked nasty and it was £50

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Listen to Cascars.

Go to a boot sale and get something half decent as you will get utter junk that is unpleasent to use for £20 new.

£40 at a boot sale will get you something serviceable with a reel and possibly even some line on it.

Tom
PS: I hope you don't expect your budget to include the reel do you?
 

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The Fladen telescopic boat rod I bought is stiff and not nice to use. Go for a one or two piece! The Fladen Powerstick 8' 15-25lb No.8524045 is just as cheap and is a superb rod! However if you want a longer rod the Penn Firetip Uptide 2piece 4-10 oz 9'6" is an even better rod and was £19 from Marsh Tackle. They have a web site for mail order. The Ron Thompson are good value and well made - at least the ones I have for beach and boat fishing have been good!
 

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Wow - thanks for all the advice!!

The reason I was looking into a telescopic is that we have a ski locker that I want to fill with the usual boaty things i.e. skies, wakeboard, fenders etc. and the idea of a telescopic version appealed in regards to space. Thinking about it again I think a 2 piece might be an even better option as the locker is quite long.

Will look into a couple of options recommended – like the looks of the Penn!

Can anyone now recommend a cheap and cheerful but half good multiplier reel? Something like this;

http://www.marinemegastore.com/jump/12/cat_id/FSHREE005/product-product-FLA_11F_42300.htm
 
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Hi Dave

Yep that is cheap and cheerful.
The sort of gear you are looking at is OK for a bit of mackeral fishing once or twice a year, but will not be suitable should you get the bug and want to get more enjoyment from the sport.

The Marinemegastore is not really somewhere that specialises in fishing tackle. If you are simply after somethign to catch a string of mackeral for a BBQ then go ahead, it wil do the job. If you are after something to enjoy for years to come then possibly go to a tackle shop or buy something of much better quality, used, from a boot sale.
 

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Really like the looks of the Shakespeare Euroboat Boat Rod Deal! Any Three Rods Mixed! 1410 DEAL 6'6''. Any knowledge on these rods?

Also what should I be going for - I will be fishing on the South Coast, anchored or at slow speeds for mackrel and general fishing. I was thinking 1x12lb + 2x20lb?

Oh and thanks Tom - I understand that investment is needed to fully enjoy the sport and maybe that will come but for now it is simply to have a couple of fishing trips a year.
 
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Dave

You can use a broom handle and a bent pin for fishing if you wish and you can still have fun.
I am a self confessed tackle tart and couldn't personally dream of using anything as nasty as a Euroboat (the broom handle and bent pin appeals much more), but for what you are suggesting, they will do fine.

I do throughly suggest borrowing some good quality tackle from someone else at some point as you will be gobsmacked by the difference, however for catching a couple of mackeral they will be fine, as will the Fladen reel.
 
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For something that will cope with everything you will do, even though it won't necessarily be much fun, go for the 20lb class.

I suspect that it will actually be as thick as your arm and bend about as much as a flag pole, but it will get you started.

From an angling perspective I would by far prefer 12lb class, but seeing as this is a once every now and then thng would simply maximise your chances and go for the big guns.

Tom

PS: Ron is the "Expert" - An "Ex" as in "has been" and a "spurt" as in a drip under pressure....

Only joking, yes my rod rarely throbs anymore Ron.
 

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Thanks again! Appreciate yours and everyone's advice. If I catch anything (and it is an if) I will post some pictures.
 
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Ron

My tackle tart achievements have now gone to new levels.

My latest hand built beauty from Stan M even has my name on it.... guess I won't be selling that one at a boot sale!

 

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i bought a penn power stick 6-12lb rod from veals £32.50 cheap but great to use cant fault it
 
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