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Old 07-14-2019, 07:15 PM   #1
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So I went to Bass Pro Shop and Dicks looking for a decent rod and reel. Problem I am having is I am only familiar with fresh water stuff like Zebco's. And only saltwater rod I know are Penn's but those are very expensive for a new kayakers. What do you recommend as an average price rod and reel and what kind are close to Penn quality but cheaper on the wallet? Thanks for all the help.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:23 PM   #2
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Forget to add I mostly fish in the bays.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:51 PM   #3
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I use Daiwa BG 2000 reels mostly on house brand rods from Half Hitch. You can buy the entire combo spooled with power pro for right about $150. IMO that reel compares to $300 competitor reels. Its very light weight and butter smooth. I've never been to the places but I'd recommend going down to Copelands or the other bait store down in freeport off 331. Much more likely to get solid info out of employees there plus your money is staying local. If you don't like fighting every single fish you hook you can go up to a size 2500 or 3000 and they have quite a bit more drag.

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The Daiwa BG 2000 or 2500 is all you need. Just remember if you need a bit more drag then palm the spool. Daiwa knocked it out of the park with the BG for the price range.
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I would have to agree with the BG suggestions and going to HalfHitch is your best bet for a rod or rod/reel combo and they can answer any questions you may have on rigging as well.
I use a BG 3000 on an UglyStik GX2 with 20# Spectra.
I got the rod from Walmart and I would get the PowerPro from there as well, but for some dumbass reason they only stock green braid, and I like white.
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Daiwa makes a good reel. Penn makes the battle II series. They are really good reels that are modestly priced. Saltwater reels are just more expensive though, and paying that higher price will save you a lot of heartache later. Buy once, cry once. The material in the reel has to be able to stand up to that salt, especially in a kayak where you're close to the water and more likely to dunk the reel on occasion.
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I have not bought a new R&R for years. Just look on the forum and buy used that are almost like new at 1/2 or less than new.
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Yep, make a new post stating you want to buy inshore rod and reel. I'm sure somebody is looking to make some space. Also, you can pick up a brand new Penn squadron inshore rod for like $40, one of the beat rods off the shelf for the $$
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Old 07-15-2019, 06:22 PM   #9
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Ok thanks for all responses. I will post an ad to see if anyone wants to clean out there old Penn or Diawa out of their closets.
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