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I've been thinking of doing a few party boat trips this year, I've been out once or twice and learned the hard way about renting tackle. I want to find a cheap conventional rod and reel that I can take along. Since I'm thinking of going on a few cod and other offshore trips, I figured something in the 4/0 size would cover everything. I don't want to spend a ton being that if I don't keep going, I'm not out a lot of cash, not to mention I don't have much to spend either.

I was looking at this:

Has anyone had one of these? Are they decent for the price? What are they worth?
I priced all the name brands like Penn, Okuma, and Daiwa but all are big bucks. I am hoping to get set up for around $60 tops. I did talk to one guy that uses one of these for catfish out in MS, but has never done much more than bait one rod and reel up heavy and let it sit and hope for a monster. It looks like a good tall spool reel that can take up line fast for deep water.
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Check Tackle Direct...(a Bass Barn Sponsor).....for their budget priced rod & reel combo packages, they have them available in a variety of brands, but for heavy party boat fishing for Cod, Tog, or Drum, I would lean toward a heavy Penn conventional rod with a 113H Penn Senator reel.
If you find that you can stretch your budget a little, the Fin~Nor Offshore conventional reels are very good, and they come in a high speed retrieve model if you want.....

another option is to start trolling yard sales, once this weather breaks I have no doubt people will start holding yard sales all around the area.
There's also plenty of Fisherman's Flea Markets this time of year, I believe there's one in Ocean City next weekend hosted by "Fishenough" here on the Barn....

(I'm not 100% sure I got the date right so hopefully someone can confirm or correct that)

I've seen lot's of yard sales with stout 6' to 7' conventional rods with older Penn Senator reels attached, they usually just need a good cleaning, greasing, and fresh line. These outfits are perfect for party boat fishing for Tog & Cod.....

Good luck in your search.....:thumbsup:
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