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Using The Instant Fisherman Fishing Pole - Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy

Updated on August 9, 2013

My personal take on the Instant Fisherman Fishing Pole

Don't expect fish to just leap onto the hook of your Instant Fisherman Fishing Pole but, with a little luck and the right bait or artificial lure (or six...), you very well might reel in dinner.

I was given the Instant Fisherman fishing pole to take along on my trip to Key West. At first, I scoffed at this 8" rod - what kind of self respecting fish is going to jump onto that hook? But, when I found out that the Instant Fisherman is a telescoping fishing rod to 60", well, now I was talkin' fishin'. And, may I add that I had the coolest fishing rod on the fishing pier in Key West, Florida? That's right - that was ME!

The below is my personal take, the good, the bad and the ugly (did I mention my foot is in the next picture?), on the Instant Fisherman Fishing Rod. So, mileage may vary. BTW, the pic below is the 4th fish I caught on the telescoping fishing pole - the fact that the fish was upside down was operator error....

Read my accompanying article Sport Fishing on a Charter Boat - 5 Things to Remember.

I only had my foot handy (ha ha) to measure against but here is the Instant Fisherman collapsed

I only had my foot handy (ha ha) to measure against but here is the Instant Fisherman collapsed
I only had my foot handy (ha ha) to measure against but here is the Instant Fisherman collapsed

The Instant Fisherman Fishing Pole on

John bought me the Instant Fisherman fishing pole right off It was delivered to my doorstep in 2 days - isn't Amazon prime da bomb? Anyway, I unpacked it, laughed, and asked John exactly what type of fish he thought I was going to catch on this teeny, very cute fishing rod. I mean, really, when it comes out of the box it looks like it's ready to catch maybe a guppy or two. Boy, was I wrong!

Not only did John give me the Instant Fisherman fishing pole, put I got two (count 'em TWO) kits of fishing lures, fishing tackle, and additional hooks, bobbers, and sinkers which I'll show you later in this article.

The Instant Fisherman and additional fishing tackle would make great Christmas or birthday presents for a younger person - and, what better way to spend some quality time with a young un than fishing a lazy river?

This is my exact Instant Fisherman Fishing Pole

I guarantee it works!

Instant Fisherman Portable Fishing Kit (Black)
Instant Fisherman Portable Fishing Kit (Black)

Not only does this compact fishing pole extend to a full size rod, but it comes all ready to go with fishing line on the reel.


I'm partial to the Instant Fisherman myself but - Here's some other good collapsible fishing rods

I remember watching ads for the Ronco Pocket Fisherman and, in fact, was going to buy that one for myself before John stepped in with my fishing pole, tackle, and gear present. And what a sweet present it is.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.


Now that you've got the Instant Fisherman fishing pole

get some fishing tackle

Ok, I'll admit it; I love, love, love anything in a kit - they're just so darned handy and, ok I'll say it - they're cute! I love these fishing tackle sets. They make a wonderful accompaniment to a collapsible fishing pole.

Some of the below kits are for freshwater fishing and some for saltwater fishing but I didn't care. I just picked the cutest jigs and artificial lures, hooked it up and started hooking fish.

South Bend Deluxe Kit

Ready 2 Fish Panfish Kit

South Bend Fishing Lures Lunker Bass Kit

Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.

~Mark Twain

fishing rods
fishing rods

Ok, here's the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Instant Fisherman fishing pole

First the good:

~~It's very easy to open and extend to its full size. And, it stays put once it's extended.

~~It's lightweight and would be perfect in a backpack when camping or hiking. It weighs somewhere around 1.5 to 1.75 lbs.

~~The Instant Fisherman comes with a 10 year warrantee!

Now the bad:

~~The reel seems to be hard to crank after about an hour of use in salt water. I rinsed it when I came home and it's good to go again.

~~You need to remember to extend it to its full size before casting or it will extend itself for you and surprise you!

Now the ugly:

~~People may make fun of you. When I pulled out my cute fishing pole, a couple who were standing by started snickering. I turned to look and see what they were laughing out and discovered it was ME! The man asked me if I was really going to fish with that "thing." I, with, might I add, great aplumb expanded the Instant Fisherman to its full size, put out a spectacular cast and got a fish on the first cast. I looked over my shoulder at him and said "Yep."

I like girly tackle boxes

The only way I can keep the men in my life out of my fishing tackle is if it's in a tackle box they won't touch with a 10 foot pole! And, the below are great tackle boxes for the girls in your life:

Possibly the best movie featuring fishing ever

One of the prettiest movies ever filmed, imho, A River Runs Through It has some of the prettiest fishing scenes of any movies I've ever seen. It's well worth the view.

A River Runs Through It [Blu-ray]
A River Runs Through It [Blu-ray]

This wonderful movie tells the tale of two sons of a Preacher. One son is the model citizen, the other is not so. The movie follows their lives through the decades spanning Prohibition and the Great Depression in the U.S.


I've loved fishing all my life. And, now, I love writing articles like this and reading your comments. Please leave me a comment below to let me know you stopped by. Note: you do not have to be a Squidoo member to leave comments. Thanks.

P.S. Gone fishin'

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      Marten22 3 years ago

      I love fishing , as you can see in my bio, and this lens was really interesting and well written!

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Now this is very handy. Makes me want to learn how to fish!

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      LarryBass LM 5 years ago

      I Love this lens! You've definitely sold me on this very cool little fishing set-up here, Gottaloveit. Wow, also you have an awesome nest of lenses out there. What a writer. Your pics are just wonderful to look at. Thanx for sharing them with us all. :) larryb

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      well I bought myself one and asked hubby to put a heavier line on for me .Help it is not happening any diagrams to show how it is done he is pulling his hair out!!!!!!

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      CraftaholicVete 6 years ago

      What a cool fishing rod! I love to fish but have been so busy these last few years that it has gotten away from me. I used to out fish my step-day all the time. He used all the fancy spooners and whirlies and got some good ones, but all I ever use is a plastic purple worm and I always beat him. My mom on the other hand, she used to catch tree bass,lol (meaning catching the tree limbs). We used to laugh at her for using a napkin to pinch the night crawlers in half for bait. Great lens, and great that John found you that. Must keep fishing, must keep fishing! :)

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Glad to see you are having a great time, Lori, but really was that fish big enough to keep? LOL Great lens idea.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My husband is an avid fisherman. When we started dating, I bought myself a fishing pole and reel so he could teach me to fish. It worked! I not only learned to hook fish, but I hooked him too! Now we've been married six years, and I can thank my trusty fishing pole...

      I love the idea of a collapsible fishing pole. I'll have to show this to my husband. Love to see other gals fishing!