Ignore this man! :)
Even the shittiest ugly stick $20 combo can catch you some serious fish if you use it right. Besides, you can always use the "Indian not the arrow" or the "I'm saving towards my future" excuses as deemed appropriate.
If I could only tell you three things about how to fish it would be thus:
1). Know a good knot or three. It takes 5 mins to learn, and it's free- and if you don't, even a $1k reel wont mean shit. Having new/not rotted to shit line is part of this. Youtube is your friend.
2). Work the features. Fish like features. Downed trees, rocks, weed beds or slow spots in moving water, etc. Cast right near them. Don't get your shit stuck in a tree though, even if it takes being conservative- you don't want to look like an ass.
3). Spinny flashies in moving water, larger plastic actions for flat water. Spoons and roostertail-type things work good to attract attention in streams and rivers. Plastic worms and slug-gos with either steady retrieve or jerkbait pulls with a texas rig will work best in a lake, pond etc. and stay mostly weed-free. Again Youtube is your friend.
That might sound like a lot but it's really not, I swear. If you can remember those, you should be off to a decent start at least.
I still can't guarantee he won't gut your roundeye ass for banging his daughter though haha... You're on your own for that one.
Grammar: the difference between knowing your shit and not knowing you're shit.
I don't want to believe, I want to KNOW. -Carl Sagan