Keep It Simple Stupid: Shore Fishing Gear

The simple approach can be just what you need in a day-and-age of rapidly advancing technology. Here is a simple solution to an ageless problem.

Some of the most fun (and success) I’ve ever had fishing has been from the river bank. In fact, one of my favorite ways to fish walleyes in the spring is to forego launching the boat, instead hiking to locations near feeder creeks close to dams.

Sure, there’s definitely a time and place to toss plastics like Moxis and ringworms—especially when the water is still cold – but nothing beats the simple and contemplative art of dead-sticking a live minnow on a three way rig. Even better with a good book, a meatloaf and onion sandwich and thermos of hot coffee.

The same approach applies to fishing for channel cats—and pretty much the entire calendar year. Maybe replace the live bait with something stinky, but that’s about it.

‘Course, one of the challenges of dead-sticking from shore is finding the perfect rod holder. True, part of the fun can be finding the right piece of driftwood or branch to improvise a rod stake …

Me, I’d rather be fishing. Less dinking around.

So, to reduce the time you spend whittling, Shakespeare recently introduced a family of rugged, inexpensive and practical rods designed specifically for bank anglers.

Enter Bank Stix, to my knowledge, the first rod design of its kind with an integrated bank fishing rod holder.

Remove the butt cap and you’ll find a removable and durable fiberglass rod holder that makes setting up on the shore or river bank a breeze. Then, when your trip is over, simply pull the rod holder out of the sand and screw it back into the blank butt and attach the protective cap.

Bank Stix are available in both spinning and spincast versions with comfortable EVA grips to accommodate anglers of all ages and abilities. Light, medium and medium-heavy actions mean there’s the perfect combo for whatever you fish from shore, whether it’s panfish, catfish, walleyes … or just “anything that’ll bite.”

Makes for a great night-fishing rig, too. Personally, I’m amped to load up one of these combos with Stren Catfish Mono, which glows under black light. Put some fixings together for s’mores, build a little fire, and let the kids stay up late some Friday night. Now that’s fun!

Speaking of family fishing, the price is practical, too. All combos are priced at $39.99, which you can set up the whole clan for less than the price of one high-end bass stick and reel.

In my book, that’s pretty cool.

Who said a good time fishing had to cost an arm and a leg? Nope. Sometimes the best approach is to “keep it simple, stupid.”


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