Buying your first Rod and Reel

There's a time in everyone's life when you walk past the ailse of fishing equipment and wonder, "What's the right rod and reel for me?"

The fact is that not every situation calls for the same rod and reel combo, but learning a casting style and having a solid, go anywhere do anything combo is essential for learning the basics and becoming a better fisherman.

The All in One Combo:

These kits come ready to fish and include a rod, reel, and line. You'll find many more articles on Irish C Charters in what we reccomend for fishing with us on Lake Erie, but if you're simply honing your skills there are some simple questions you need to answer before flopping the credit card on the deck.

  • Price Range

    • There will be a rod and reel combo in every price range
    • Determining your price range can narrow the options and make selection easier
    • Don't buy a rod and reel because it's simply the cheapest, compare all like models within your range
    • Don't buy a rod and reel because it's the most expensive
    • Never sacrafice rod or reel comfort because of looks of special deals

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  • What's more important, the rod, or the reel?
  • Rod

    • When you fish, and when you have a fish on the line, the rod is what's doing all the work.
    • As you've learned from this site, when bringing in the big fish, you aren't cranking them in with your reeling hand
    • The proper technique is to hoist up the fish, and reel in the slack
    • The Rod is the most crucial link between you and the movement of the fish.

Rods used and reccomended by Captain Pat:  5'6 to 6'0 med to med lgt spinning rod by Fenwick, Berkley. or Shakespeare. Graphite is fine but a composite or glass rod such as an Ugly Stick will suffice. Remember to keep it within your price range.


  • Reel

    • Many starters will spin the reel, feel the amazing 2000 ball bearings, and fork over a couple hundered bucks.
    • Ball bearings are great, but remember technique will be more important than ball bearings in the long run.
    • Look for a reel that fits your grip
    • Choose a reel based on the comfort; before, during, and after the cast.
    • You will be casting thousands of times, especially with open faced reels, comfort is key, and makes each cast.

Reels used and reccomended by Captain Pat:  Med spinning reels within your price range from Shakespeare , Abu Garcia , Pfluger , Okuma are all fine. 100 to 130 yards 8 lb test of your favorite Berkley line.


Where to buy your equipment in Port Clinton:

The Fisherman's Wharf, located next door to my dock has what you need but you will pay a little extra.

Trusted places to buy online: or