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As was mentioned, there is no one rod that is ideal for all inshore situations. But if I was to pick only one rod that is good for most boat fishing, I would go with a seven foot medium action Penn Powergraph rod or a Gold Cup rod, and I would match it with a Penn 965 baitcasting reel with about 20 pound mono (I use 30 pound braided line).

This is about a $250 combo. It will be a little heavy for smaller weakfish and a little light for big bass but it'll do the job and it is quality equipment. This is an excellent rod for casting and bottom fishing. You just have to get used to using a baitcasting reel instead of a spinning reel. Once you get into it you will know what to look for in picking other rods and reels for different purposes.

I also have a 7 foot medium action fresh water spining rod with a Penn 4400 that I use. It is a lighter rod that I wouldn't baitfish with but I have landed 20 pound stripers on it casting on the north shore and from the boat.

J&H in Oakdale has very good prices on all Penn reels. And on the right days they can be friendly there too. Haha Shep...

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