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Rod and Reel for Party Boat Suggestions

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I have a friend who wants to buy her husband a rod and reel, they mostly go out on party boats for flounder and bottom fish.  It is not a style of fishing i do often so i can't make any recommendations.  This would be a somewhat beginner set up so not looking for high end recommendations.  Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Keeping it light will make it more enjoyable. I currently have a Travala S Medium rod with an Avet SX on it. What price range are you/they thinking?

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They could always go with a tiger stick and a penn reel to bring down the price. Most of the boats rent heavy rods with something like a penn senitor staying lighter than that is nice.

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They could always go with a tiger stick and a penn reel to bring down the price. Most of the boats rent heavy rods with something like a penn senitor staying lighter than that is nice.

I bought the Penn Warfare levelwind which is nice for an inexpensive reel.

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A levelwind is nice to have on a party boat.  I use a Penn GTi 330 with 50# mono or 320 with 65# braid.  I also like a solid rod for party boat activities - not necessarily heavy but something sturdy for when you hook the bottom.  A 7' one piece Penn Slammer rod is also nice for jigging, although it isn't solid.

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I have my original party boat setup which is a Berkley IM7 with a Penn 209M level wind. I think I paid a little over a $120 12 years ago.

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I haven't had any issues with it, I recently added (40lb) braid to it. The rod itself might be a bit light since I read the following from the Frances Fleet:

Tackle:  4-8 oz. sinkers, 5/0 hooks,
30-50 lb. test mono line
Bait:  Squid and spearing (provided)

 

I also saw that Penn 209's are available at Walmart

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Penn-Level-Wind-209M-Reel/14649592

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