Alright yall, so I find myself filled with a million questions about our sport of striper fishing but I think ill start by saying I recently purchased a 87' Bayliner Trophy cc 18'8" boat with a 175 hp mercury black max outboard and would like opinions about how well yall think it will do for trolling and all other aspects of striper fishing. It has a few rod holders placed around the gunwale and a few on the sides of the console. I may add a bimini top with a few rocket launchers for running planer boards but I figure this 2014 season will be mainly a learning season for the basics such as live lining, jigging, trolling, etc... But overall how safe and stable do you feel this bayliner will be in the bay (Chesapeake bay is where ill be fishing)
On a secondary note I have always been primarily a small river fisherman and have very little experience out on the big water. With that being said I have always used spinning reels and loved them, however I just don't feel like they can provide near the cranking power that a bait casting reel can... not saying u cant reel in big fish just think the bait casting reels are a more suited reel for this application?
Soo... im leaning back and forth between the penn defiance reel
with levelwind and the okuma convector
. I know they are on the bottom of the price range n probably suffer in a few areas bc of that but I figure im better off learning on a cheaper reel so as long as they last me a few years ill have no ill regret. I like the penn simply because I believe its American made n id rather keep my money is the usa if possible... but ive read several articles that said penn went through or is going through a severe quality control issue so a lot of guys have said the Japanese made okuma is a nice reel. I basically wanted to find a reel that was capable of carrying 300+ feet of 40 lb mono line and offered a lever drag system. so any other suggestions yall may have that wont break the bank shoot em my way please. As far as rod preference Im thinking a 6'6"-7' rod but have no preference on a name othere then ive saw the name st crioux a lot...? I plan on running around three to four lines at one time on the boat so this is a pretty big initial cost...im figuring around $6-700 is what ill be spending on rods, reels, and gear.
Sorry this is so long winded but I guarantee I could go on with questions for several more pages