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Old 02-12-2011, 04:00 PM
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my soon to be 5 y/o (tomorrow) loves fishing. He has a small rod with a covered spinning reel which is fine to catch small fish from our dock.

He wants to have his own rod/reel for the boat and to use at the pier (ocean). He can already cast as well as his mom.

We live in ft lauderdale.

What is a good reel for a 4-5 y/o? I'm ok with up to $150.

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Old 02-12-2011, 04:04 PM
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At 5 probably the cheapest one you can find.
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by VanW View Post
At 5 probably the cheapest one you can find.
I agree in principle,... but he'll hook a 10# dorado off the boat... and he want's his own rod...
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At 5 I taught my kids how to handle a small spinning rod. Yes they tangled it a few times, but a 5 y/o can figure out how to close the bail with some good instruction.

Go with a Penn 4300 and you can use it for life... soiund perfect for small mahi.

If you want to go cheaper, get a Walmart special type of reel. But it sounds like he is really into it, so invest in a reel that will last more than a year or two.

Spinning rods are softer and little kids do better with a whippy rod rather than a stiffer trolling rod.

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Originally Posted by Parapapam View Post
At 5 I taught my kids how to handle a small spinning rod. Yes they tangled it a few times, but a 5 y/o can figure out how to close the bail with some good instruction.

Go with a Penn 4300 and you can use it for life... soiund perfect for small mahi.

If you want to go cheaper, get a Walmart special type of reel. But it sounds like he is really into it, so invest in a reel that will last more than a year or two.

Spinning rods are softer and little kids do better with a whippy rod rather than a stiffer trolling rod.

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Thanks. I was afraid to even consider an open spinning reel (with bail).
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my 8 year old has a shimano sedona he has had for 3 years... my 6.5 year old has had one for a year after going through serveral other brands that crapped out due to corrosion. Both are still going strong... they get constant use and are hardley ever washed down.
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This is my boy at 4. He was using a $50 combo from Bass Pro. He's 5 now and I have invested in a Penn Slammer 360 on a custom rod.


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EOD,... those are some great pics! Can your son cast the rod himself? He looks like a pro!
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Originally Posted by wahoo wacker View Post
my 8 year old has a shimano sedona he has had for 3 years... my 6.5 year old has had one for a year after going through serveral other brands that crapped out due to corrosion. Both are still going strong... they get constant use and are hardley ever washed down.
Thanks! glad I asked. I would have never had the nerve to get him a true spinning reel yet!
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Yes he can cast, live bait, he even knows to throw the rest of whats in the net in the water to live chum. By the way, I got him a custom rod tuned up for his height with the right action for his size.

I purchased this after I knew he was in to fishing. I spent the money because I noticed the problem with little kids fishing. They always have stuff too big for them or they're out gunned by the fish. I noticed a huge difference when I handed him gear that fit him. I did the same with his bicycle. He's not riding a 35lbs bmx from walmart. I put him on a 10lbs micro mini and he goes out and kills his buddies on his bicycle.
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Originally Posted by EODContender View Post
Yes he can cast, live bait, he even knows to throw the rest of whats in the net in the water to live chum. By the way, I got him a custom rod tuned up for his height with the right action for his size.

I purchased this after I knew he was in to fishing. I spent the money because I noticed the problem with little kids fishing. They always have stuff too big for them or they're out gunned by the fish. I noticed a huge difference when I handed him gear that fit him. I did the same with his bicycle. He's not riding a 35lbs bmx from walmart. I put him on a 10lbs micro mini and he goes out and kills his buddies on his bicycle.
How do I go about doing this? I want him to have equipment to maximize the "fun".
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Contact Connleyfishing on this site. He used to own Chaos. I'm sure he can get it right for your boy. I believe he's in palm beach. You could make a nice day out of it. If not, any custom rod maker should be able to do it. You'll notice a huge difference. You'll also notice his little buddies that come fishing with you will put their stuff down and hound him to let them use his. It will make things so much easier for him.
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I cannot wait to get my son out fishing. He is only 2.
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:57 PM
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OK, he's six.

I have modified Shimano Charter specials that work great for both of my small sons for striped bass, bluefish, dolphin, etc.
Crowder makes a kids 40lb rod with a real short butt section that works great for both of them.
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OK, he's six.

I have modified Shimano Charter specials that work great for both of my small sons for striped bass, bluefish, dolphin, etc.
Crowder makes a kids 40lb rod with a real short butt section that works great for both of them.
Now those are photoshopped!!!

Awesome pics, my friend, you've got a great son, and a friend for life right there...

Inexpensive, yet still good quality spinning reel, left hand retrieve, 5 to 5 1/2 foot light action rod. Quantum (Zebco) makes some decent reels with rear drags, makes it easier to adjust, although that may be too much for a 5 year old in the middle of a fish on...

Teach him light line, the proper amount of drag, and the right pressure...he'll enjoy the challenge!
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Let em use the spiderman reel or the Martin shotreel til they get a clue. Then graduate to the better stuff. My son has dumped alot of good reels---he's a shark killer!

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great pics it reminds me of me when i was little. I was 9 when i went offshore the 1st time got a citation for a 70lb yellowfin and same trip got another one for releasing a 400lb blue marlin in nc. as for reels if he can use a tiagra im pretty sure any high end reel he can figure out
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Great replies here!!! I also noticed the problem with normal sized butt sections and kids. The reel sit too high (up by their faces). On a trolling rod they need a much shorter butt section to get the reel down to where their arms can work more effectively.

Here is a picture of a rod that I had made for my guys when they were young. I think he is nine in this picture, so quite a bit older than your guy, but time passes quickly.

Mike

P.S. But if I was only going with one set up, see my previous advice... go with a spinning set up. Again, softer flex is more forgiving to young arms.
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Thanks for all the input. VERY helpful. I would never have considered but length.
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I'll give another nod to an appropriately sized spinner. My son - now 8 - has gotten pretty good at handling one. At 5 he was in the boat fighting redfish with Penn 440 sized gear. Of course, he thinks the bigger tackle is really cool and is getting into using it for bottom fish and such!
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