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I am in Michigan and about to hit lvl 40. I will go back to NY and Walleye when I hit 40 to get the head light but after that I really don't know.

I plan to catch every species, do the achievements and maybe enter some tournaments.

So what gear/setups should I aim for? So far I only travel with one rod since I didn't even bought any additional vest, rod bag,etc. When  I see youtube videos, they all have 5+ sets equipped, a ton of lures, baits, crankbait, <insert any other stuff here> and to be honest I feel a bit overwhelmed with all that stuff.

Thank you.

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What set-ups to advice is really hard. I dont know if you prefer float fishing or fishing with lures, or maybe you enjoy both. There are a couple of scenario's:

1. You like floatfishing and dont care for lures. In that case I would get 4 different float rods. 1 telescopic for the small ones and 3 different match rods for all the other species. With multiple rods its easier to choose the right set up for the fish (casting range / xp).

2. You only fish with lures. In this case i would try to get multiple spinning and casting set ups, ranging from ultra light to the heaviest possible. Pay attention to the lure weights you can use, so you get a nice range of possibilities.

3. You enjoy both. In this case I would go for the full 7 rods and get 2 float rods and 5 spinning/casting rods.

 

I always bring the same 7 rods to all lakes. Ive typed it all out here: (I hope this works)

 

 

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28 minutes ago, Palavino said:

3. You enjoy both. In this case I would go for the full 7 rods and get 2 float rods and 5 spinning/casting rods.

Guess this is my case :)

Don't know how I missed that post on my search. Now I just need to find the ingame alternatives because I haven't bought and DLC's yet.

One more very noob question if I might. My interpretation of the lines ingame description, is that mono is inferior to fluoro and braid lines are superior fluoro (or am I completely wrong?). Which is the top quality line that I should use? If mono is the "weaker" line, at lvl 40 should I even care about it?

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All listed rods have an ingame equivalent, just look for lenght / test and you should be able to find them.

Regarding lines: I use all the lines. For trout i tend to use fluoro, but its mostly a case of what test the line is (for instance: not all lines have a 12lb or 40lb spool).

I think line choice is a factor that plays a bit bigger role in irl fishing. 

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14 minutes ago, Palavino said:

For trout i tend to use fluoro, but its mostly a case of what test the line is (for instance: not all lines have a 12lb or 40lb spool).

Oh! I thought all lines had all the sizes. But for example if a 0.35mm its available in all the three types of lines, which one should I use?

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I honoustly never look at the diameter, only the test. I try to match it as good as possible with reel and rod. Maybe seasoned real life anglers have an answer for this.

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i carry 2 heavy spin setups, 1 heavy bobber, 1 medium/light bobber 1 medium spin, 1 light spin, and 1 heavy casting

i cant remember the names of them sorry

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On 4/10/2018 at 6:54 PM, Palavino said:

3. You enjoy both. In this case I would go for the full 7 rods and get 2 float rods and 5 spinning/casting rods.

 

I always bring the same 7 rods to all lakes. Ive typed it all out here: (I hope this works)

 

 

Good advice, and a really nice balanced set-up u got there ;)

Mine's pretty identical. Copied it almost 1:1 from a guy on YouTube. The video is in german; but maybe looking at the set-ups is enough of an inspiration for you:

You have to be careful with some of the rod/reel combinations, though, as they are designed for maximum workload. Some reels will be too strong for the rods, and will only work in combination on a max drag setting of 6/12 or 5/11 e.g. Same with some of the lines used.

Some guys did all the math and put together a nice spreadsheet with working combinations. But maybe you already know all that stuff ;) 

Basically, what Palavino said works for me, too. Go for a balanced combination of 2 float rods and 5 spinning / casting rods. You can catch any fish with those 7 rods, and take part in almost all the tournaments, too. If you get yourself a big enough bag and vest, you can even bring all the different lures to any competition. At least the ones that work for you :)

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