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Old 07-09-2017, 05:39 PM   #1
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I've been freshwater fishing for the last year or two after a 30 year hiatus, and love it. A friend of mine has a boat, 22'bayliner that he used in Florida for pleasure and fishing with the guys. He's expressed an interest in picking the fishing back up, but on the Chesapeake.

Not being one for borrowing gear, I've decided to purchase my own set-up. I'm currently leaning towards a Penn Fathom 20 or 30 levelwind on a Connley Kingfish 20-50. Is this overkill for anything I may come across, or properly inline? Most likely targeting stripers, drum, and anything else that bites. Would also like to be able to use the same rig if we were to head out of the bay towards the ocean.

I know it's not prime to use one rig for everything, however, the money tree in my yard isnt producing yet. Just looking for suggestions.

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Those are nice all around reels, but like you said... it sucks to try to play a whole round of golf with a putter....

A 3k series spinner would be a nice addition.
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Where are you located?
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I live in the Cockeysville area, my friend usually puts his boat in at Wilson point park
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I would not go conventional levelwind for a single rod setup. It doesn't sound like you are trolling, so I think this would be a mistake. I would go with a 7' M or MH fast action spinning rod, either from Bryan (Connley) or a St. Croix Tidemaster and pair it to a Penn Clash 4000 with 20# braid. That would handle most any redfish and striped bass and be far more convenient to pitch baits or lures with. A spinning set up will always be more versatile than a conventional for the Chesapeake fishing.

ESPECIALLY given now I see your location I further endorse the above.
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I personally prefer conventional over spinning. Just works better for me
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I fish those Connelly rods mated to TLD 25's. They serve dual purpose for spring/fall trolling for rockfish as well as I can take them offshore. Very nice rods for the bay for trolling.

You find you can't buy just one rod to use for bay fishing and offshore. You need to match the rod to the type of fishing you will be doing e.g. spring trophy tolling, summer chunking/live lining, jigging etc. Offshore will you be trolling bottom fishing?

I mean I guess you could use that set up for chunking right now, probably wouldn't be very fun reeling in a 20" rock on it though.

As mentioned above, look into 7' medium action spinning rod too, I prefer 3k class spinning reels this time of year, like a Penn Slammer or Torque. You can bottom fish with it, jig with it, cast metals or top water plugs etc. Pick up your Connlley rod too and level wind too, use it for cobia and offshore bottom fishing and spring and fall trolling or chunking.
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I personally prefer conventional over spinning. Just works better for me
With that in mind I would scrap the levelwind. If you are more proficient with casting with casting gear, I would go Avet MX G2 with mastercast paired to the Connley.
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Go check out the Hantha rod blank that Shore Tackle and Custom Rods has. 7 footer would be a good choice they will build it for any reel setup you want.
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I've been freshwater fishing for the last year or two after a 30 year hiatus, and love it. A friend of mine has a boat, 22'bayliner that he used in Florida for pleasure and fishing with the guys. He's expressed an interest in picking the fishing back up, but on the Chesapeake.

Not being one for borrowing gear, I've decided to purchase my own set-up. I'm currently leaning towards a Penn Fathom 20 or 30 levelwind on a Connley Kingfish 20-50. Is this overkill for anything I may come across, or properly inline? Most likely targeting stripers, drum, and anything else that bites. Would also like to be able to use the same rig if we were to head out of the bay towards the ocean.

I know it's not prime to use one rig for everything, however, the money tree in my yard isnt producing yet. Just looking for suggestions.

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7' Kingfish 20-50 with a nice Avet LX = $400 Best all purpose combo for the cost!
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Tochermans on eastern ave are great people to deal with they will take the time to show you all types of rods and reels in all different price levels best of luck
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I personally prefer conventional over spinning. Just works better for me
Nothing wrong with that. For a light tackle
Rod you want medium power and fast or even better extra fast action.
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7' Kingfish 20-50 with a nice Avet LX = $400 Best all purpose combo for the cost!
I would say that used to be the case but I'm oh-for-two with your combos. For some reason I can't get the Avets to last more than a summer while my kid's little TLD just keeps on ticking.
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I would say that used to be the case but I'm oh-for-two with your combos. For some reason I can't get the Avets to last more than a summer while my kid's little TLD just keeps on ticking.
Sorry to hear the Avets are not holding up for you. Most people love them and the price is so affordable. Nothing wrong with a TLD. I caught a Blue Marlin on my TLD 25 with 30# test so they def work. Plenty of reels out there that will get the job done.
More money but take a look at the Accurate reels too. That is what I fish with and they are amazing!
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TLD's are hard to beat, time tested.
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Call me cheap but I can put together 3 decent bay combos for $450 that will hold up to fishing weekly. One for tog/flounder/trout/spades, one for trolling Spanish/stripers and one for drum/cobia. Just got to search the net for the deals. Good luck.
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