The question is asked a million times, by every group of friends or fishing buddies.
If you could only have one fishing pole, what would it be?
My answer is simple: The Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2.
Now, granted, I don’t fish as much saltwater as some, but for my money, it is the most capable and versatile platform.
With it, you can easily attach and fish spinning or baitcasting reels, it’s got plenty enough tension to get good line action, sensitive enough to fish small stream trout, yet strong enough to pull huge bass as well.
In fact, it’s so strong that Luke with Cats and Carp did a test where he actually lifts a chainsaw, a kid’s bicycle and a ton of other stuff from the rod without breaking it.
Check out the video here:
It packs and travels well, and the best part of all, it’s extremely affordable.
Everybody has their own favorite, but for me and my house, it’s the Ugly Stik.