November 02, 2017 at 2:34pm
Me had been a Mitchel 300 reel user since the 60â€™s, graduated to Shimano reels, $30 then $60 reels, used / replace them for years, these reels would bind up for no reason. One trip they would not work, next trip the worked find, but me no have the patients for Shimano reels.
Moved on to the Penn Battle II BTLII1000, love them, have 8-10 reels now, they perform well and have no problem handling 12â€ trout or a 25# bull red. Me have had many fisherperson fish with us, after they try me rig with Penn Reels, no problem they go by 1 or 2 to fish with. I guess, (10-15 guess) we influence the sale / selections of rods & reels, we got positive feedback on same from all our guess.
As for rods to match with the Penn Reel, once again we use the Shimano Clarus 1 piece 6 foot rod, (w/cork handle) makes for a light rig, fish all day with it with no problem. It too can handle a 12â€ trout up to a 25 # bull red.
This rig also good for fresh water fishing, even with the ultra-lures me still able to use me rigs.
We filled the spool with 20# power pro, (with a 15# mono 12-16â€ leader) works great, can cast far, and you never lose a fish, plus you can flip most fish in the boat without a net, if they too big just grab leader and pull them in.
Above just a suggestion, it best you buy what you feel suites you, and maintains your confidence level for catching.