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chrisguga 03-11-2019 09:44 AM

thanks for all the great advice. Iím back and forth between conventional and spinning rods, but think Iím leaning towards a spinning combo due to the versatility. I donít actually know what type of fishing weíll end up doing and enjoying the most just yet and I can fine tune my specific gear once I have that figured out.

i definitely plan to get out there and find my own numbers, but I also considered buying the big bend chart from Strikelines to give myself a better shot at decent fish than just the public numbers. Do you guys recommend this?

Bgoodman4 03-11-2019 01:53 PM


Originally Posted by WillyC27 (Post 12322775)
Neuse Sport Shop | Products

these guys have some decent combo deals, I bought the TLD15 with rod, line and free shipping.

How are their rods?

danielrogers 03-11-2019 05:53 PM

My favorite all around reels are the Penn 500 (Jigmaster). They hold a ton of line, cast a mile, and have very quick retrieve speeds. Best of all, you can get them for 30 dollars on ebay. If they go bad, scrap what you can for parts (i.e. the spool and expensive line) and get another one. You will probably pay more to put line on the reel than you will for the reel. Penn 4/0 (113) is another great option, although they are slightly more expensive. As for rods, I like a long, flexible kingfish rod for trolling and you cant beat an ugly stick for bottom fishing. You should be out the door, with line and leader, for around 125-150 per combo. Remember that it might cost you 50-75 dollars to put line on a reel, and that braid is worth it for bottom fishing. For trolling I use mono on my reels almost exclusively.

flatsfactory 03-12-2019 12:01 PM

The old penns like the 7500/8500 are great for what you're talking about, and frankly the new waterproof spinfishers are likely decent. I've had luck with the older penns and Quantum Cabo's. Have to agree with everyone about the TLD combo's. There is a reason that they routinely sell for 80% of new wihen freshly spooled. The reels will go for 20-30yrs, the graphite helps them be light enough for bottom use, and they troll as well

barrell 03-13-2019 09:46 AM

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chrisguga 03-13-2019 04:57 PM

I ended up buying a Daiwa 6500 and 6í6Ē Ugly Stik Tiger Elite 50-100. They just arrived today and the reel seems super smooth and solid. Iíll try them out this weekend. I think this will be a nice do-all combo for now.

thanks for the advice!

highflier1 03-13-2019 07:19 PM

I was about to suggest that exact combo. That should do you very well for most fish. I spooled mine with 50LB braid, then about 30' of Mono on top for a leader. I change the leader depending on the needs and condition. I am sure from time to time you will find that big guy that you will be under gunned. But with that setup, you can put a lot of drag on them. and have plenty of line, which should give you plenty of time to get the boat moving and follow the fish.

Highflier

chrisguga 03-13-2019 08:44 PM

Thanks, Iíll be glad when Iím a good enough fisherman that Iím outgunned with this combo! lol

StrikeLines 03-22-2019 10:55 AM


Originally Posted by chrisguga (Post 12323785)
thanks for all the great advice. Iím back and forth between conventional and spinning rods, but think Iím leaning towards a spinning combo due to the versatility. I donít actually know what type of fishing weíll end up doing and enjoying the most just yet and I can fine tune my specific gear once I have that figured out.

i definitely plan to get out there and find my own numbers, but I also considered buying the big bend chart from Strikelines to give myself a better shot at decent fish than just the public numbers. Do you guys recommend this?

Hi chrisguga, let us know if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help! Attached is a screenshot of someone commenting on our FB page two days ago about the Big Bend chart you mentioned.
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WillyC27 03-27-2019 09:33 AM


Originally Posted by Bgoodman4 (Post 12324629)
How are their rods?

Itís pretty good for a freebie........the rod, line and shipping was free so I figured the rod and line could be replaced if they crap out, but so far so good.


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