Selecting a Rod and Reel Combo
Freshwater-in lakes and rivers, or saltwater-in the ocean, either along the coastline or inshore and in tributaries. Rods and reels used for freshwater fishing do not need the extensive protection against aggressive corrosion brought about by exposure to seawater. Heavy-duty saltwater reels are pricier because they feature corrosion-resistant materials such as anodized aluminum, shielded stainless steel or bronze bearings and forged aluminum spools.
Many anglers who buy combos want to enjoy recreational fishing and need a relatively simple, effective and inexpensive rig. Novices or value-conscious anglers who don't want to customize tackle are prime candidates for combos, as are parents who want something functional and cheap for their kids to learn on. However, combos also can be sophisticated, with good components, specifically designed for a variety of fishing techniques.