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Jerry,

For starting out kids with a spincast, you can't go wrong with a zebco.
Zebco combos

I just got my 11 daughter a zebco 33, that is purple on a purple and white rod. She wasn't interested in fishing until she found a rod/reel that was "her" color!
 

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I started my kids out with an ultra light spinning combo and it has worked out fine so far. I guess I see the "character" poles as more toys. My 6 year old daughter went with me to Academy the other day, and told me she wanted a fishing pole. She has 3 older brothers so she knows about fishing. I told her not this trip. The next thing I knew, she was holding a pole she wanted, not a $20.00 Zebco "Barbie" pole, but a pink Pflueger spinning combo, about $70.00.... (on second thought, those Zebcos might be a good idea after all) :wink:
 

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I started my kids out with an ultra light spinning combo and it has worked out fine so far. I guess I see the "character" poles as more toys. My 6 year old daughter went with me to Academy the other day, and told me she wanted a fishing pole. She has 3 older brothers so she knows about fishing. I told her not this trip. The next thing I knew, she was holding a pole she wanted, not a $20.00 Zebco "Barbie" pole, but a pink Pflueger spinning combo, about $70.00.... (on second thought, those Zebcos might be a good idea after all) :wink:

get her that pink combo brother ! i'd love to have a little daughter that wanted to fish with me .
if you get it for her and she decides she dont want to fish anymore you can always sell it to DH or WJ i hear they are plumb crazy about pink fishing gear ...........:wink: .
seriously be proud that she picked out a nice little serious outfit and has enthusiasm for the sport .
my sons do the same to me come walking up with a $$$$ pole or reel and cow eyes ..............:roll_eyes: hard to say no .
 

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Every try using one of those cartoon rods and reels .............youd have to be excellent at fishing to even catch a fish with one. I would seriously warn against ruining a kids outlook on fishing with these .

great point rob !!

nothing will dampen the spirits than a crappy fishin rig that contsantly messes
up .
i have an old johnson century that matched with a nice little pole is a great beater that ive never had a lick of problem out of it .
ebay has em and they are worth every penny for a dependable reel that you can let a kid use and know they cant hurt it and it will not screw up on them .
 

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thanks for the replies, Been there with the snoopies and such. looking for something good for the small hands I bought a small Zebco micro something loaded with 4lb. test the other day and put it on a old pistol grip berkly lightnin rod that I had and it seems to cast well and is pretty smooth. Thanks again.
 

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I've got a teeny tiny Ugly Stik, and another Shakespeare micro spin. I like both, but I snapped the rod on the Shakespeare, and had to replace it with an "Uncle Somebody" crappie rod. The Ugly Stik will not break, it casts easy, and is cheap.
 

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get her that pink combo brother ! i'd love to have a little daughter that wanted to fish with me .
if you get it for her and she decides she dont want to fish anymore you can always sell it to DH or WJ i hear they are plumb crazy about pink fishing gear ...........:wink: .
seriously be proud that she picked out a nice little serious outfit and has enthusiasm for the sport .
my sons do the same to me come walking up with a $$$$ pole or reel and cow eyes ..............:roll_eyes: hard to say no .
Her birthday is in June..... She may very well end with a dad who's 70.00 bucks poorer. But you are right, if she wants to fish, she will be the best outfitted little girl you ever saw if i have anything to do with it!... The "eyes" have it!:0a1:
 
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