How To Properly Pair Your Inshore Spinning Rod & Reel

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Which fishing rod should I pair with this new spinning reel???

One of the most common mistakes fishermen make is pairing up the wrong rod with the wrong reel.

The truth is that pairing the right equipment together can be tricky.

In fact, most anglers don’t do this correctly (which means they aren’t getting the most out of what they’ve purchased).

So in this podcast episode, we’ve got the Salt Strong fishing coaches breaking down exactly how to best pair a spinning rod and reel.

You’ll discover:

  • What questions to ask yourself before deciding on a rod and reel
  • What our favorite rods and reels are
  • Why “unbreakable” rods are bad for fishing
  • How to choose a rod for kayak fishing vs boat fishing
  • Why you should never buy a ready-made combo
  • Why Luke likes short butts… heehee
  • Plus a bonus snook tip

If you fish with spinning gear then this is a must-listen episode.

You can watch the video version of this podcast below (we recommend the video because we show several examples of rods and reels), listen to the audio version by clicking the play button underneath it, or listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

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Conclusion

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If you fish with spinning tackle and artificial lures, pairing the right equipment together can be the difference between catching a ton of fish, or going home skunked.

The rod is the most important component, then the reel, and let the type of fishing you’ll be doing drive your decisions (not a brand name or how something looks).

Have any other questions about pairing spinning rods and reels?

Let us know in the comments below!

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marcus cobb
20 days ago

I’ve never caught so much fish

Thank Yall so much

tim
20 days ago

Any tips on pairing a reel with st croix mojo inshore 7′ heavy/fast?
I put a penn battle 2 4000 on it and it just didnt feel…right

Steve Cascaddan (Capt Cas)
1 month ago

The Best Pod Cast You Guys have Done, in My Opinion.
As most of you know, I just went through this with my New Offshore Gear!
Understanding the “Y” Something Cost More is A Big Key!
Adventure Safely,
CC

Travis
5 months ago

Shimano slx combo, the rod is way better then the reel. Daiwa air combo rod is great the reel very smooth but the reel anti reverse bear sucks. Meh your cheap reels, buy once buy 5 times to get a reel for alitte bit more that lasts alot long, buy an expensive rod that dont last very long. Higher price reel with a mid priced rod seems the best compromise. Replace rods frequintly, reels are still in service. Freshwater reels as they state in america are reels bought and live a very very long time in the salt is australia. Stop being lazy with servicing your reels, shimano x crap and salt probullshit doesnt help. Daiwa magseL oil is outdoor speaker oil just expensive to purchase for a solution that never existed with quality stainless and serveing, thanks cant do that no more. I doubt my new reels will last very long due to costs cuts and inovative touch it once its gone technolgy

Travis
5 months ago

Shorter the butt the less power rating, the butt has more power then the blank. Most discrepancy over power rating is mostly due to this. Tip speed also needs to be considered the faster it is the more power to due to how quick the blank loads. Unforutanty for us aussies american rods are making their way here which are to long, butss are are too short and are too slow in action. Barra rods were once made to handle the 90% of fish caught which arent barra (like your large mouth bass not a very strong fish) so now our current line of rods lack the power to land most of the fish that are actually caught. Shimano use to build rods for us now the kinda dont unless your willing to pay rediculouse prices. Daiwa never has, their rod still suck (i modtly buy daiwa reels penn and shimano reels are rubbish)

Matt
6 months ago

Would you pair the tfg pss 764-1 with penn battle iii 3000 or 4000 for inshore fishing in Sarasota, FL. Also would you do the 7’6” rod or go down to the 7’. I’m purchasing my first rod and reel. Thanks!

Luke Simonds
6 months ago
Reply to  Matt

For general inshore fishing in which I’ll be targeting redfish, seatrout, snook, and flounder in the bays/creeks, I use 2500 and 3000 reels (4000 are overkill). And in place of the Penn Battle III, I’d go with the Daiwa BG 2500 because its essentially in the middle of the Penn Battle III 2500 and 3000 in terms of size yet it’s lighter than both and feels smoother than the Battles. Here’s a link if you are looking to buy one online: https://fishstrong.com/collections/saltwater-spinning-reels/products/daiwa-black-gold?variant=32604853370965

As for the rod, I recommend a 7’6″ Medium to Medium Heavy Power Fast Action rod if you’ll be fishing open water situations in which casting distance is key. Otherwise, a 7′ rod will do just fine.

Matt
6 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks Luke! What line would you suggest I use with that reel with the 7’6” rod. Again it’s my first rig so I’m as new as it gets to fishing l!

Matt
6 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Also leader line as well?

Luke Simonds
6 months ago
Reply to  Matt

If fishing the flats and bays for trout, redfish, and snook with lures, I recommend 10 lb braid (powerpro is a solid choice) because you’ll get much better casting performance compared to 20 lb braid without losing much power.

For leader, I recommend 20 lb Ande mono for redfish and trout. And bump up to 30 lb if you’re going after snook.

Xavier Muniz
8 months ago

I’m leaning towards a Daiwa reel for my new Bull Bay custom rod that I’m super excited you guys got to me so quickly! I’m fishing river/canal with current and structure/docks: I’m debating between Procyon/BGMQ vs the smaller/lighter Fuego/BG models due to the current/structure. I watched the unboxing/review videos, yet can’t seem to pull the trigger on one… do you have a recommendation of which might be the better choice between the Procyon and BG MQ?

Luke Simonds
8 months ago
Reply to  Xavier Muniz

For dock fishing, I prefer the BG/MQ because it’s the toughest of the ones you mentioned. But the Procyon is a close 2nd.

Justin Ritchey
8 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

^Ditto to what Luke said!

Bob Hartwein
7 months ago
Reply to  Justin Ritchey

Justin, can the Procyon 2500D-XH handle 20 Lb Braid? Also I purchased your Bull Bay Rod as well, so do you think the Procyon is a good fit for that rod as well?

Ira Cohen
9 months ago

1 pc vs 2 pc 7.6 rods, pros & cons?

Luke Simonds
8 months ago
Reply to  Ira Cohen

1 piece rods are best due to being lighter/stronger since they are all 1 piece. But if storage/travel needs require 2/3 piece rods, they certainly can work great too.

Marion Hale
11 months ago

I have to use 2 piece rods for traveling to fishing spots. Are any of the rods you all discuss 2 piece or all 1 piece solid rods. Can you recommend a good 2 piece rod?

Joe Kelly
1 year ago

Hey Reel wizards how do you know if you have Reely placed 3 #’s of drag on your Reel ?

Michael Ferry
11 months ago
Reply to  Joe Kelly

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Last edited 11 months ago by Michae Ferry
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11 months ago
Reply to  Joe Kelly

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