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Fishing Rod/Reel

Not sure if this is the right place, but thought I'd ask. I'm looking for suggestions on a rod/reel combo. I'd be mostly in Long Island Sound with Striper and Bluefish. Am I better off with a combo or buying separately? I've read that Ugly Stik are really good sellers and reliable, also Penn, Shimano. Please let me know what you suggest....weight, length, action, etc?


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7 foot ugly stick[i have 3 of diff weights] & penn ss series 450 or 550 not to expensive but an indestrctable system that will last for many years
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I just bought a couple Shimano combo's a week ago, and I have to be the worlds worst fisherman but, to offset my handicap, I bought some stuff called uni butter, it a fish attractant ( made from sea urchins ) and a mask that hides human scent.

So far I've hooked a Bass, Halibut, a Batray ( about 2.5 -3' wingspan ) and a 2 -2.5 shark.

Everything was released, the shark was the most exciting, it had wrapped itself serveral time around the line, so I had to go all National Geographic and stuff, had it out of the water quite awhile cutting line and unwrapping and when it was all freed, I held it in the water ( simulating swimming ) until it brupped air and took off like a rocket.

Anywho, what ever you end up with, look for uni butter, it will work on any bait or lure you used, I was using lunch meat .......
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I would second the SHimano. If you can pony up for a rod with roller bearings, that is good too, but not the end of the world. The Shimano graphite is nice because you can easily adjust teh drag for hits, versus many of teh Penns where you have to rotate the friction wheel. Of course, the SHimano costs more too, but my 6 month old Penn is back in the shop, so all things being equal, pony up for the Shimano.

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I picked up a medium duty Shimano rod / reel combo from Sports Authority a few weeks ago for ~$35. snagged half a dozen bunker with it yesterday morning that we're going to use for trolling bait this weekend.

I've had great luck trolling behind the sailboa with lures, going to try a whole bunker fr the first time this weekend.
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Yeah, we got ours from Sports Charlet, we get a discount; I paid 90.00 for both on sell plus discount, they were normally 225.00 ea.

Now I'm gonna make a cool handline for trolling for stuff over 40 lbs
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