Hey guys, I need to come up with a Christmas gift idea and am thinking a new rod or possibly reel would be good. I could use some ideas and help deciding what to ask for. A budget option under $100 would be great.
Here is what I currently have for the kayak:
1. 7' Star Stellar Lite Fast taper 1/2-1 1/2 paired with a Daiwa BG 3000 (plan on keeping this set up as-is). I have used this for a light-weight t&w setup and for throwing smaller plugs and plastics.
2. 7' LL Bean travel rod rated 10-20lb paired with a Daiwa BG 3500 - (this is one rod I would consider replacing as it's somewhat redundant and the sections have to be straightened out occasionally). I usually kept this ready to go with a soft plastic or plug in case I came upon some surface action.
3. 7' Tsunami 5 star boat rod 1/2-2 oz paired with a Tsumani bait runner (rod is fine but the reel needs to be replaced as it's a cheap Chinese OEM and I won't think will last much longer). I have used this set up for heavier t&w trolling, and eels and live-lining macks, herring and pogies.
4. 6'6" cheap Ugly stik combo for bait (probably will keep this as-is as its fine for the intended purpose)
Last year was my first in the kayak. Around here for inshore it's pretty much stripers and for a brief time winter flounder are around, but I have that covered. I did a lot of t&w and probably will again as it proved a sure way to catch fish. I may also try live-lining macks more since I found a fairly reliable spot to get them.
One idea that looked pretty good was the Okuma Avenger ABF in size 55 or possible an Okuma Coronado for just a little more. I do find the bait runner capability useful for paying out line while trolling and live-lining. I would replace the Tsumani bait runner reel and my overall setup would remain pretty much the same.
Any ideas for replacing the L.L. Bean travel rod? That might then become my main t&w combo and I could use the lighter rod and reel for casting plastics and plugs.
I've also thought about trying conventional gear but it seems like an area where spending a little more is somewhat necessary terms of reels. Rods might be a different story?
That's probably way too much information but it's basically winter and it's a slow day at work so I'm just thinking out loud Thanks for any help!