”Beginners who are just getting started, however, will definitely benefit from learning a few basic tips before actually hitting the beach with pole*** in hand.”
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***"Pole" is a less-than-satisfactory term for a “rod,” IMHO. A pole is a stick with a string tied onto the end attached to a safety pin on which one dangles a worm. A rod provides for a reel to be attached and for the line to flow through guides to the tip top. Again, IMHO.