Beginners Guide to Rod and Reel Combos

If you're a beginner angler and don't want to spend too much money then rod and reel combos are great. Combos start at great prices and are available in most lengths and strengths making them great for a variety of fishing situations. This guide will cover the important aspects to consider before buying a rod and reel combo.


The first thing to consider when buying a combo is the type of fishing you will be doing. This is because some of the rods and reels will be built for different purposes. It's also important to consider the size of fish and the distance you will be casting at. 

An all around size would be between 7ft and 9ft which would work well in most average situations. However if you want to cast far from the shore or in large lakes and rivers then opting for a length between 9ft and 12ft would be the best choice. If you're going to be spinning on smaller rivers or canals then a rod between 6ft and 7ft would be long enough to be able to cast to the far margins. 

The same applies to reels. Depending on the venues you are most likely to fish you will want to choose a combo with the correct reel size. A 1000 sized spinning reel will be lightweight and will only be ideal for smaller venues like canals and rivers. 2500 reels are a good mid point and will work well at casting further on larger rivers or small lakes. Anything over 3500 will be mostly suitable for large lakes or shoreline fishing where you'll want to cast further with a higher diameter line. 

Also most reels that come with a combo will come pre spooled which means you won't have to worry about finding the correct diameter line. It also makes it a perfect choice for beginners if they haven't spooled a reel before.


Some rod and reel combos are also available as a bundle which can come with extra gear and tackle. The bundles available can come with everything you need to start fishing straight away other than the bait. There's a few different types of bundles out there from a float fishing bundle to a Carp fishing bundle. The float fishing combos can come with spare floats, disgorgers and hooks with a small tackle box. Some of the Carp bundles are available with rod pods, buzzers, landing nets and more. The bundles are great for beginners and are often great value for money.   


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