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CHOOSING YOUR FIRST BALANCED FISHING ROD AND REEL COMBO

If you are new to fishing, it is easy to get lost in all the options when it comes to buying a fishing rod and a fishing reel. There are so many types, shapes and sizes. It won’t be long before you start hearing or reading about a ‘balanced outfit’ or a ‘balanced combo’ but what does this really mean?

A BALANCED OUTFIT

Getting a balanced outfit is crucial when buying a rod and reel. A balanced outfit is a rod and reel that are matched. They are designed to work with each other. When you are getting started, the strength of the fishing line is a good gauge to working out a balanced outfit.

CHOOSING A BALANCED COMBO

Combos are rods and reels that are sold as a package. Spinning reels are the most common fishing reels you will find in a reputable brand’s combo. Combos are not just for kids. While some combos are designed to help kids get into fishing, that doesn’t mean all combos are for children. Fishing gear companies, even retailers will put fishing combos together to make it easier for newer fishos to choose the right gear. Combos are also a great way to get a good price compared to buying a rod and a reel separately.

CHECKING THE FISHING ROD AND REEL SPECIFICATIONS

Rod specifications are written on the rod or on the description of the fishing rod on the retailer’s website. On the fishing rod, some specifications are normally printed to tell you the length of the rod and may include details such as the action and ratings related to the strength of the fishing line (the breaking strain). So for example, it general spinning fishing rod could be 6.2ft, 6-12lb with a medium action.

With that kind of fishing rod, a spinning fishing reel that is designed for handling similar strength fishing line is a good start to choosing the right reel. The specifications for fishing reels are similar. Those specifications include reel size, the amount of line the reel can hold and the line strength again. It is important to note that many series of fishing reels have different models so you can get the right size you are looking for. A size 25 spinning reel with a line capacity of 150 yards/8lb would suit the above-mentioned spinning rod.

A combination like this is a very good start for most fishing situations and will suit fishing for Flathead, Bream, Whiting, Trout, Jungle Perch, Redfin, Luderick, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Australian Bass, Sooty Grunter and Tailor.

 


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Robert M Davies
rob.m@dinga.com.au

Robert passed the "Obsessed With Fishing Test" with flying colours. Instead of talking, Robert has turned his hand to writing about his experience in fishing all around Australia.