Re: Rod/Reel suggestions
What are you going to use it for? Flat line trolling, casting bass plugs, trolling bottom bouncers, casting big muskie/pike lures, etc....
I've had good luck with quantum's upper line of reels, both spinning and casting. # of bearings is a selling point to try and give a buyer an idea of quality. A 9 bearing reel will most likely be smoother than a 3 bearing model but price is significantly higher.
Baitcasters can be a royal pain for the un-initiated. Let me emphasize, ROYAL PAIN! Baitcasters like to backlash and create a rats nest of line that could take quite a while to fix or you may just have to cut your line to fix it. I know someone is going to say they never backlash,,,, well, even the pro's backlash sometimes. Baitcasters are cool little machines, but be aware of the learning curve involved. I would go with a more inexpensive model to learn how to cast. If you find out a baitcaster is not for you, you're not out $200 to $400 for the top of the line rig.* *