We’ve tackled the benefits of rod and reel combos in other articles we’ve published over time. However, since we have never addressed the issue individually, we thought we might put together a short list of the advantages that such setups seem to offer and tell you how they’ve become to be rather popular over the years.
The benefits of getting a rod and reel combo
One of the first things that you ought to take into account when you’re sifting through the many choices available out there is that a combo can be used right out of the box. If you have little to no experience when it comes to fishing in general, getting a combo is a good idea for your level of skills and expertise.
Besides, if you do decide to go down this road, you need to be aware of the fact that the manufacturing engineers have chosen the pole and reel in such a way so that they fit perfectly. Some line has to be wound onto the spool and that’s all you have to do to start angling right after you’ve received the package at your home.
Another factor that you should give some thought to is that purchasing a rod and reel requires quite a bit of research beforehand. You need to decide on the power and action of the pole, the right length for the species you are trying to catch, and you have to make sure that you match the rod with the reel in terms of these details and the gear ratio of the latter.
If you don’t have a lot of experience or you’ve simply never purchased a pole or a reel ever before, a combo is a natural option. Besides, in most of the cases, you’ll have to pay less money on a combo than you would if you were to get the rod and reel separately.
Things you need to consider when you’re in the market for a new setup
As with any other gear and equipment destined for fishing, before making a choice you have to look at a set of details pertaining to your needs and preferences. Where will you be fishing? What kind of size and fish species are you going to pursue? Are you a weekend or vacation angler or would you rather do it as often as possible? Just how much are you willing to spend on a new setup?
The waters you’ll be fishing have something to say when it comes to the fishing technique you will employ. The size of the fish, its feeding habits, as well as whether or not it puts up a fight have a lot to do with the actual specifications of the rod and reel. As for the frequency of use, it goes without saying that utilizing a combo quite often means that it has to be durable, above all. Don’t forget to look at the bait or lure you will be using as its weight has a lot to do with selecting the proper setup.
In terms of your budget, combos can cost anything from twenty bucks to two hundred and even more. Their prices differ from one model to the next because of the materials that have been employed in their construction, even their dimension, and sometimes reels and rods are engineered with a lot of work on the part of those who have designed them, so they actually deserve to be pricier than others.
Not all combos are made the same
Whether they are made from different materials or are suited for various fish species, the fact is that combos also differ when it comes to their design. If you were to ask us what we would recommend for a complete beginner, we would suggest a spinning combo as it is by far the easiest to use and comes with probably everything you need.
As we’ve noted in other articles, baitcasting combos speak to the needs of expert or advanced fishers, so it might be a good idea to steer clear of them if you don’t have the skills just yet. Another budget-friendly option would be a telescopic combo. This way, you’ll be able to carry your rod and reel in the trunk of your car and be ready for any fishing occasion.
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