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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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I also agree that you should buy a used Penn. Tons of folks unloading their perfectly serviceable Penn reels on Fleabay. Many of the new $200 plus reels everybody has to have these days are indeed more efficient but not entirely necessary....certainly not for what fishing you plan. The aforementioned Penn 60 Long Beach is a total workhorse. I went cod fishing for years with a Penn 309 Super Peer and never had a problem. A Penn 330 GTI also comes to mind. If you need a beefier gear system then go with a 113H Special Senator and learn to level wind with your thumb. If I were buying used ( and I think in your case this is the best bang for your buck) I would also take my chances buying a Penn for parts availability over any other used reel. Yes some parts are being discontinued but there is such a glut of these old gems on the market that parts should not be an issue for some time. MHO
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