This is my first thread! I am wondering if anyone can help me. I have just started fishing seriously after fishing on and off since I was a kid (party boats in the Long Island Sound for blues & stripers, some freshwater fishing, and some surf casting off the NJ shore). I have a four year old son who is OBSESSED with fishing and is DYING to catch a striper :-) I need new rods/reels since my old ones are junk. I need to get two (possibly three) outfits of surf casting rods/reels (one for my wife, one for me, one for kiddo?).
I used to just grab whatever rod/reel/line/lure was around in the basement of the house and put in :-) But they were mostly 11' surf casting rods with spinner reels, and I would load with light to mid-weight single hook spoons for blues.
Could you guys give me specific advice (makes and models) on some good options for a surf casting rod and spinning reel to use for blues and stripers off the NJ shore? I'm thinking of going with a spinning reel since a bait casting reel may tangle too easily for kiddo. He has a killer cast already and I don't want him grabbing the pole and casting and making a huge bird's nest! We are primarily lure fishermen and fish off the beach between Point Pleasant and Seaside Heights, NJ or in the inlet.
I need to get the line out past the breakers pretty easily since my right shoulder is messed-up, too.
I am looking to spend maybe $300 total for each rod & reel outfit.
Thanks for any help!