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Old 08-15-2015, 03:56 PM   #1
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Hello! Sorry this is so long but please read. I am a young fishermen who enjoys fishing for a variety of fish species in a variety of ways. I live in Ohio and I fish in ponds, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. I don't fish very often as of yet but I plan to start fishing more and I would fish daily if I could.
I have minimal gear and most of it I did not buy myself. I wanted to invest in some fishing rods and reels but I don't want to buy a rod and reel combo for each type of species and for each type of fishing I want to do. These are the species I target in loose order from most to least; bass, pike/muskie, catfish, walleye, and carp. I also would eventually like to target trout if you could give me some info on that, (besides fly fishing). I also fish for panfish but I already have gear for that.
Anyway, I want to buy around 2 to 4
fishing rod reel combos at $150 dollars max for each, but I want to be able to cover all (or most) of the species above and fish in many different styles. Basically I need versatile fishing outfits so that no matter what kind of fishing I am doing I can pick up the right rod and go. I don't need an outfit for every specific type of fishing, just enough outfits so that I can have fun fishing in whatever way I feel like. I catch mostly small/medium sized fish of every species but that is mostly because I don't catch big fish often. I PREFER A THINNER MORE BENDABLE ROD SO THAT IT DOESNT FEEL LIKE OVERKILL FOR THE SMALLER FISH BUT THE ROD/REEL STILL NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE OCCASIONAL LARGE FISH.
I read that bait casting reels are by far the best reel for most fish species but I have one and it when I adjust it it either backlashes or it can hardly cast. Although it might be because the rod it is on is large and stiff. I would still like to try them so include them in your setup for me. I would like about half casting and half spinning. ALSO I HAVE A LARGE SHAKESPEARE DECIEVER SPINNING REEL THAT I LIKE SO TRY TO INCLUDE IT IF YOU CAN.
List types of rods and reels or specific rods and reels and explain when I would want to use that combo. (Also mention line if you can). Thank you soooooo much in advance!!!!
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Old 08-15-2015, 04:13 PM   #2
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rods are rated for the weight of lures they can throw and recommended line strength. Based upon what you said, two combinations should do most of what you want. A spinning rod/reel and a casting rod/reel, As for the backlash, you need to go out and practice. A casting rod and reel will handle the bass, muskie/pike, catfish, and walleye. The spinner is a standby and is normally when trout fishing. You can catch Big fish on lite poles and line using the proper drag and some skill. Heaver line and equipment is used for those times that the fish may get into cover or strong current.

Most trout fishing is done with line less than 12 # test, so the pole should be lighter.

You can expand your capabilities by having an extra reel with different test line to put on a pole. I know you asked for specific recommendations for a combination, but that is kind of asking what type of apple to buy. Taste and preferences vary by person , age and skill. What is good for Joe , may not be ideal for Mary

Almost forgot Basspro sells balanced combos . Mean the reel and pole have been matched for balance and weight

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As submariner said you need to practice with that baitcaster. Once you get the hang of it it will probably become your go to set up and you will find that they are extremely versatile and easy to use.
It is more difficult to learn with a stiff rod. I would recommend trying a more lightweight and fast action rod while you are learning with it. I still have and use a lot of the old fiberglass rods. Some are on their third rebuild with the blank. Keep your lures a little on the heavier side 3/8 to 3/4 ounce and don't try to cast too far. Adjust the tension on the spool to where when you hold the rod up and disengage the spool your lure will slowly drop to the ground in about 2 seconds. This will give you a good starting point on your spool tension. You will later find that you will need to adjust it as your use, lures, and expertise change.
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Thanks a lot guys!
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