As Seen On TV: The Fish Pen

If you’ve ever seen a beautiful day to sink a line and catch some fish but you've on the go, there's a rod and reel that might fit your lifestyle.

It's called the "Fish Pen," and it's billed as the world smallest fishing pole.

The Fish Pen is really the size of a pen, albeit a large one—about the size of a Sharpie. And it does come with a small reel.

The top of the fish pen unscrews and you have a telescoping rod which extends to three feet. It's certainly enough rod to catch a fish two pounds or under which this is recommended for, nothing over two pounds. It comes with some tackle, some split shots and some hooks. It comes also with a spin cast reel, a small one, which attaches. You just have to go under the lip and there's a lip on the opposite end, and then you tighten it and it's in place. It comes with line already on the reel. You string it through the eyes of the pole, and we’re ready to do a little blue gill fishing. I like to put a little swivel on the end of the line and rig it up with a split shot and a hook and then toss on a bobber.

Now the beauty of this Fish Pen, like its predecessor, the Popeil's pocket fisherman, is its compactness. You can push down the telescoping pole and just put the whole thing in your glove box.

Finally, the world's smallest fishing pole worked. It casted well, about 20-25 feet out of it. I was able to reel in a few fish with this thing. Unfortunately, it's harder to set the hook with a three feet pole. The only issue is when you telescope and put it back in the pen case, you have to take the reel off. And in order to do that you have to snip the line. So unless you're willing to put this in your glove box as is with all the tackle still on, you might not be happy. I’m thus hesitant to give it an enthusiastic thumbs up, but it did the job, so it does get its thumbs up.

I bought my fish pen at CVS for 20 dollars. You can find them in a number of stores and on the internet. Just go to, and we have a link on our website, just click on the Big Red Bar on the left of your screen.

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