Before you purchase any reel, I suggest consulting alanhawk.com and contacting him through that site about what you're looking for, what you're fishing for, and your budget. He is hands down the ultimate expert, so much so that he doesn't give out his real name, and his reviews steer the entire industry. I bought my new daiwa BG based on his review, but like he says, we really are in the golden age of spinning reels at least. From 100-300 we have some many options at our disposal, it all depends on what size you want, your budget, and the amount of sealing you'd like.
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I landed my PB 26" striper last summer with that exact combo.
Also, John will autograph your book if you meet up with him at a M&G or Event
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* The section of the river where Steve has his launch is relatively narrow, and the shoreline has tall wooded banks. Even under strong winds, if the wind direction comes perpendicular to the river axis, the water may still be fishable.
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Like the others have said, a trolling rod only has to have a few good characteristics, but they don't have to be super expensive. For the Chesapeake Rigs that I make, I have 3, maybe 4 Cabela's Depthmaster combos. I think they're only like $70 when they go on sale and they have a reel counter, so you know exactly how much line you have out.
For typical plugs, a 6'9 or longer rod in the med to med heavy range will do you well. If you just want to catch a fish, most anything will be fine since you're just dragging a lure through the water. There are some finer points, but for the most part you should save your money for a jigging rod. Those do make a big difference.
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