What rod should I use with a Abu-Garcia 5500 open-faced baitcasting reel?

I just acquired an Abu-Garcia 5500 open-faced baitcasting reel, and am going to be fishing for northern pike, river catfish, etc…. What kind of rod should I buy? A casting rod I suppose? What brand should I buy, I heard St. Croix is pretty good? Can anybody provide with tech spec of what I am looking for? I am a novice fisherman new to all of this. Thanks!

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Cheep high quality baitcasting rod and reel for my son this Christmas?

My son is really big into bass fishing now and he fishes tournaments and tours the US. I was wanting to get him the best high quality baitcasting rod and reel I could afford. He said that he wants some kind of Quantum reel, and some kind of split grip style handle rod. I have a low budget this year you guys so can you help a brother out?

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What type of baitcasting rod/reel combo will allow me to fish for bottom fish, bait fish and stripers?

I just bought a shakespeare 6’6″ baitcasting reel and lined it with 20#. It doesn’t look to strong so my question is i know i’ll be able to use it for bait fish and bottom fish, but can i use if for stripers too or is it too small?

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What kind of baitcasting reel should i get for offshore fishing?

IM only 16 and i do alot of deepsea fishing with my dad but i only have one reel for it.(shimano spheros 12000FA) Now i want a baitcasting reel like my dads that can take on big snapper and im starting to get into catfishing and going for alligator gar so i kinda want it to be able to take those on also. thanks for the help.

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How do you correct backlashes using a baitcasting reel for bass fishing?

Realizing that some backlashes are gonna occur regardless,I would like to know how to do away with the annoyance of most.Particularly when changing lure size or simply casting into a prevailing wind.I’ve been using these reels for a few years but can’t seem to overcome this problem and would very much appreciate any” tips “to help avoid this pesty problem as much as possible so the frustration level can be dealt with a bit better and to make my fishing time on the water a more enjoyable experience.
Thanks in advance for any comments or suggestions.

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