What is a good baitcaster reel and rod combo for a beginner?

I’m going to be 15 and I want to get a baitcaster. I fish in Canada on the summers I catch pike, bass, catfish, and panfish. I want a low profile reel and I have a budget of about $100. I want an all around good combo for what I’m going to catch with. Pro’s, con’s, brands, and specific combos would be appreciated! Thanks!!
Is abu Garcia good just for the price because I saw a lot of abu Garcia poles that complained about durability

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What are the best kind of rod and reels for bass fishing?

I’ve recently became kind of addicted to fishing. And I need all new gear because I realized I need to quit going so cheapy on my gear after I broke two reels this weekend fishing. So any suggestions would be appreciated. I have a budget of about $150 for 2 rods. Give or take. Any info would be appreciated.

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How many feel we are getting way to?

Technical in our sporting equipment?
Reels with computer chips to control back lashes, side view sonar, etc.
Rifle scopes with range finding abilities and being able to show you the drop of the bullet.
Come on I might be 60 but still consider hunting and fishing a sport.
With all the tech stuff showing up on the market pretty soon your reel will do everything, what fun is that going to be?
Granted both my boats have GPS/Fish Finders and most of my reels are not cheap. But if this keeps up where will the fun and the sport of chase be left.
Our waters and lands are being pressure way to much as it is.
Be well my friends
Very Good Answers so far, nice to see their are some sporting people left.
Gimman part of what you stated is why I quite fishing T’s and the political aspect that started emerging. It no longer was fun and/or relaxing.

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What is the best spinning combo for steelhead fishing?

I am looking for a good spinning rod for steelhead fishing. I don’t want a noodle rod because i will be using around ten pound test. Also, for the reel, im looking at the shimano stradic and the diawa whisker ss. The only problem with the diawa whisker is that they are not made in japan anymore. Any suggestions. Thanks

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What is the best rod and reel combo?

I’m looking for a open face rod and reel combo. Ideally I’d like something with at least a 3 ball bearing reel that will serve 8 to 12lb test line. Medium action rod. Or do you have any other sugestions. I mostly fish onshore. I’ve been to Bass Pro Shop but its overwelming with to many distractions.

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