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Old 09-08-2008, 08:19 PM   #1
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As some of you may have guessed from my posts I am new to salt water fishing, I am using a Zebco Rhino and an open face spin cast (cheap wal mart)with 10# and 12# test, and so far they have been fine with 22" 24" reds and specs, but I know I will have trouble with a monster. What is a good rig for inshore that wont break the bank ???????
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:35 PM   #2
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ambassador 5600c with 7' ugly stick salt water rod is a good bait cast or 450ss, 550ss penn on a 7' ugly stick pretty good choice,if you plan to fish salt water spend a lttle mor on reel the cheaper ones only last a year or so.
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I guess I should have said I am not a big fan of spin cast (open face), prefer closed or bait cast, the old fresh water bass fisherman in me.

What would rigs like you mentioned $$$$$$$ ?
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I would say you could go with a good baitcasting rod/reel combo that should cost around $100, if you buy new. If price is an issue, I would urge you to find something used, craigslist.com is a good place to look, or you could probably post a thread here for someone to sell you a good setup.

I personally use Abu Garcia ambassadeur 5500's, and I agree with the post about the ugly stick rod. The 5500's work pretty well, if you do not mind the high-profile design or the reel. I plan to go buy some new low-profile reels when I get some extra money, but I never have really fished that type of reel in the past. As for the Zebco reels, I think they hold up fairly well for what they are, and if you do use them, just remember that some of them (not sure about the rhino's design) are really tough on your line, so just make sure to change out the line often. I used to catch some pretty big fish on a zebco 404.
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Alright i have just gotten into bait casters in the last year but love them now.For about $100 you can get an almost perfect combo.

$50-castaway or allstar classicrod at academy

$30 to $60- go on ebay and buy anambassador baitcaster

4500 or 5500 version will cost around $30 to $40

4600 or 5600 version will cost $50 to $60

600 versions cost more than 500s due to a bigger easier to mash thumbar vs the little one on the 500s.

When buying an ambassador be sure it says c3 or c4 at the end or the # (ex. 4600c3). I stress this because anything that doesnt have the c3 or c4 will have more plastic parts than aluminum and will easily tear up in saltwater. As for the c3 and c4 them selves that stands for the # of ball bearings c3 = 3 bearings c4 = 4

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I strongly suggest a pfleuger trion 30 bucks. Had mine for three years, academy has them. Lasted longer than my 80 dollar penn ss.
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sorry dude, didn't read the whole post, thats a spinning reel.
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:57 PM   #8
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I was going to make a thread similar to this but I don't want to clutter things up so I'll just ask here:



Whats a good spinning rod/reel combo for around $100? I plan on using mostly 10 - 20 lb. line and will be using it almost exclusively in saltwater. Thanks in advance guys.
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st.croix premier rod 6'6 or 7'0 [i like 7]and an ambassador 4600 or 5600

or if you can aford it a shimano callcutta 100 or 200
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