What is the most important fishing gear to splurge on?

In your honest opinion, what fishing related items are important to spend money making sure you get “the best”?

I say reel, line, hooks, wet-weather gear and marine battery’s.

You?
Great answer’s everyone!

Chimp D- Well, it depends on where you are. Having good wet weather gear can be important in some States. (You know), I spent most of my life in Florida where a cheap $4 poncho (or doctored garbage bag) was more than adequate for our climate. BUT, after living in MN for 10 years I’d count wet-weather gear as a “Vital”- (lol) Even in the Summer up here, (MN), you could freeze if you didn’t have your ‘gear.

And you are right CD- Having 10 “more expensive” lures, (either Cranks, Jigs, Plastics, Spoons, Etc) can be worth 100’s of poorly designed, non-productive, lures….(and thank you for the blatant plug! Go Swamp Zombie!!! LOL)

Anyone who has spent time rowing a large boat back to the ramp knows how important a decent battery is- (see Grizzlys answer for further info/proof! LOL).

Bobber- Yes, in some instances (Walleye/Sauger esp) having a decent Finder is vital to success. Although, I’m not sure if you need

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What do I need for fishing off the beach in Florida?

I just moved to west Palm beach Fl and am looking to start shore fishing. What do I need for equipment (rod/reel, bait, tackle and whatever else) to get started? I am looking to keep it pretty basic and, don’t want to spend too much money. Just something decent. Also, what type of fish am I looking to catch. I was told there are bluefish here. Thanks

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What is a good fishing pole for fishing for bass and catfish.?

I am looking for a good fishing pole for fishing for bass and catfish and blue gills occasionally. I dont want the prise any higher then 80 bucks. I use mostly spinner baits and Kelly Worms. And some time live bait. I want a good reel and a good fishing pole if you guys got any information please tell me what would be a good fishing pole to get and if you could put a link to one that would be good thanks.

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Is Farm Pond, Framingham,Massachusetts as good a fishing area as they say it is?

Im gonna do some late 5-6 hour fishing there and I do not own a boat and I am going to be using my saltwater rod with maybee a plastic worm or something in that area. Please tell me if it’s as good as they say and please tell me what is recomended for fishing there.
It is also late September (23rd) and its the first day of Fall here so tips and tricks for the fall would help too.

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What is best used for shark fishing in FL?

What type of pole, what type of reel, what lb test line and leaders and swivels should I use??? I am mostly going to fish for hammerheads hopefully the big ones. What do they like to eat? I know they like sting rays, how do I catch sting rays and what other bait can I use to catch hammerhead sharks? Thanks everyone :)

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Can someone help me set up my fishing pole correctly?

I have never set a pole up from the beginning and just bought a new rod and reel. It is already set with the line, but I want to know how and where on the line do I put the sinker and those little details that will make me ready to go. Thanks
I would mainly be trout and bass fishing maining with night crawlers, at a lake or creek.

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