I f you wanna upgrade inexpensivly keep and eye on the fishing gear on sale here or Craigslist or eBay. Some guys like me are crazy enough to get the newest stuff and they sell their Garcia 6500s or others that are good reels. Used mine for years and they held up well.
Number one fishing has been slow with this late spring. You folks have given great advise on muskie fishing gear. However I have my special preference that is not typical however it works for me if anyone is interested. I use 17 lb mono on a Abu Gacia 6500c real on a six foot rod and have landed well over 100 muskies (have to play them a little longer and that's the fun and they all went back swimming. I have caught about 80% on a bait you would not believe (not telling) my biggest Ski was 48 1/2 inches and back swimming. I am 73 years old and this is no BS and the bait does not wear me out. Unfortunately I have invested a lot of money in lures that do not produce for me. See you on the water Muskie Paul. PS Lazer Man on the North West side has been caught by the DNR and fined if he brothers you please call the dnr or cops he was fingering my wife last week Take care guys and be safe!!!
Musky fishing usually starts with a one time large purchase. The right rod and reel and good base set up baits. Talk to local shops and they should be able to set you up right within your budget. The rest just adds on after that.
If you have a tighter budget, I like the Shimano Cardiff. It definitely isn't a Calcutta but it's just over $100 and performs nicely and has handled some nice fish for me.
MOON PHASE (14%)
Many of us spend a lot of our time and plenty of our dollars to make sure that Pewaukee has muskies swimming around in it.
Fish are going to die. Happens all the time. What we would like to prevent is fish dying unnecessarily.
The right equipment is important if you are serious about targeting muskies.
Would you bass gear work? I'd say, yah, it would work some of the time. For a Pewaukee special that goes 34 or 35? It would probably hold up most of the time. But, on a larger fish, it will probably fail.
As posted, mono isn't very good. Switch to braid for muskies. 50# minimum. I prefer 80#. Get a good leader, 130# flouro is what I use.
Rod wise, the longer the rod, the more you will like it. They cast better and they make great figure 8's. Tackle Industries and Okuma make telescoping rods, that store easily, and are great for fighting muskies and casting the lures. Get the extra heavy.
Reel wise, it depends on what feels good in your hands. Get a lower profile if you like the bass style reels. Plenty of good Abu's out there that are lower profile. I prefer the Shimano Calcutta 400B, but it is round. I've found them to be bullet proof.
If you scour the net, you will find good rods/reels, used, at great prices. Or, go into Smokey's Muskie Shop, talk to Nick, and he'll set you up with a great combo and give you a great deal. Others there can help you, too, just that Nick is a great resource and can help you get going.
I don't mention this to lighten your checkbook. I do this so that when you hook a good one, your equipment will work properly and you'll land that fish of a lifetime versus a simple fish story that ends with a fish snapping a line and ending up with a lure in it's mouth.
Good luck to you.
I have a muskie rod and I do not fish from shore for muskie. Im not 100 percent new to the sport. The reason I asked is because the muskie rod and reel that I have is old and the reel does not cast good at all. I did not need the sarcasm at all. Thank you to the people that actually wanted to help and answered my question.
Hey he asked if it was "good." No it is not good for Musky fishing exclusively. I've landed a 46" on 6lb but would it be a good idea to fish with 6lb test for Muskies? No. Both answers were honest and accurate without putting anyone down. If you want to exclusively Musky fish do it with Musky gear. Having the right equipment is as much about being able to quickly land and release a Musky, with as little harm done to the fish as possible, as anything else. Long fights and snap offs are what happen when using gear that isn't meant for Musky fishing, that equals dead fish.
Hes a kid that fishes from shore. His gear would be fine. Buddy got a mid 40s ski last year with me on a 4 O bass hook and plastic on 10 lb line. Again his hear would be fine. Hes from shore and asks for help on this lake. I wouldnt get on him to bad.