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

  1. You may encounter a problem with runoffs and/or a burned out drag system only because the reel does not do well around saltwater. I hooked into a forty-pound ray and was spooled before I knew it. There was no stopping it and the reel was never the same. It will handle most freshwater situations just fine, just keep it cleaned and oiled.

  2. the length of the rod is good. depending on the action of it. most rods are med action. a good rod for striper’s would be 7′ med-heavy or heavy action. you want the rod to have some back bone to it. so you are able to fight the fish. if your rod is a med action loosen the drag and follow the fish if its a really big one. 15 plus pounds. most of the rods i use for stripers are 6’6″ med-heavy action with an ambassador 5500 c3 . I do have one 7’6″ with a 6500 C4 with 30# . thats used for deep water with live baits or big top water plugs. just set your drag right if its a big fish so it wont snap your line on the hard runs it will make. to adjust the drag loosen the star to the left until u are able to pull line out using some force. if it spools off to easy tighten it till u have it set to your likings.

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