I set up my kids with matching Cabelas Fish Eagle II spinning rods (7', L) and matching low-end Shimano reels a couple of years ago and those outfits have worked really well. They can use them for bait dunking, throwing light and medium weight lures (I think the rods top out at 3/8 oz.), and have allowed them to catch bass, trout, carp, sunfish, etc. I bought the rods during a Cabela's sale so the price was right. It's definitely worth spending a bit of $$ to get them decent gear - just be sure to keep an eye on them so that they don't use the rod tips to excavate crawdad holes!