Nympho: what are you fishing for and how are you pursuing it? What tactics, etc.? The reason I ask is because the magazines, TV shows, et al are totally oriented to selling you something. Bass boats, fish finders, stuff, stuff, stuff.
You can cut a cane pole, use left over bread, and usually catch a 100 bluegills, etc. in an hour or two if all you want to do is catch some type of fish.