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Any body had any experience with the Inshore Express Combo from Basspro. I was at the one at Myrtel beach the other day and Man that was one good feeling outfit. The reel was as smooth as butter. !0 Bearings I think. I wish I had got it but I promised the finance manager(wife) I would keep it under a $100:confused:, I decided to pass on it so I could get the tackle I was wanting.
I went to website and read some good reviews and some bad reviews. Most of the folks on there though there Idea of a bad review is because some finish cracked off or something, I don't care how it looks after you been fishing with it a while I want to know oh well it performs and how does it hold up for the long haul.
Right Now I have just started getting into fishing for the salty stuff and have my bass gear doing double duty and wanting a good combo just for salt water that won't break the bank.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Also they have 3 different combo sizes of this outfit. Which one think would be best for all around inshore fishing?
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I've gotten so hooked on Shimano thanks to this site I don't buy much else. Any Shimano model with the ARB bearings is salt ready and parts are available to keep them in good shape. Stradics are nice but just out of my $$ range. I have Sonoras,Siennas and Saharas right now and love them all. The 2500 is a great all purpose light reel and the 4000 will handle some nice sized Reds, Stripers..... I like a 7ft rod MH with a fast tip or a 6.6 ML. I have found some great buys on Ebay both new and used and with Shimanos new designs coming out this year the old styles will be bargain priced!!!
 
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Sounds like a decent buy but like Sundrop I'm a fan of the quality that comes from Shimano and Falcon Rods. Keep in mind that the smoothness of a reel comes from the grade of bearing more than from the number. Sometime ago the reel manufacturers key in on the American consumer attitude of more is better. However, you could put a hundred bearings in a reel but if they are the quality of Daisy BBs they won't help the reel at all.

42 million modulus makes this about an I'M 7 blank. The higher the modulus the faster, stiffer, lighter and more sensitive the rod . Also, the more brittle. Rods are on of those things that I have to put my hands on before I buy because often it becomes as much personal comfort as anything. But the big question is what fis are you planning to target. My personal preference would be a medium action rod 7,'6", or 8' for casting light lures long distances. Given that the wind and current rarely cooperate, I prefer to stand back and make long cast without spooking the fish.
 

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james, I Dont Know Much About The Combo That You Are Refering To,but Let Me Tell You About An Outfit I Put Together Last Week, (reel) Pflueger President 6730 Very Light, Very Smooth, (rod) Dawiwa Im7 Ptocyan 7ft. All Together $100.00 With 2 Spools Of Line. I Use This Outfit For Trout, An Reds ( Slot Reds ) I Dont Think It Would Hold Up To Bull Reds. This Is A Fresh Water Reel, But Good Manitance An Washing The Reel After Salt Water Fishing It Will Last For Years. This Is My 2cents Only ,but As Backlash And Sundrop Said Quality Makes A Lasting Differents, Pay More Get More...............chris
 

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Update on this thread. I went to Basspro spring classic this past weekend and finally bought this combo. I got the 7ft rod on sale for 59.99, Gentleman it is one good feeling rod and the reel is as smooth as silk just turning it.
But now I am at a little bit of a dilema. I plan on using this outfit for reds,specks, and flatties. Bps gave out spools of 10lb mono to preferred members and I got a spool of 20lb suffix seige when I went to the seminar in New Bern this year.
Out of these two line what would yall recommend to use on this outfit or would you go with flourocarbon or braid.
I know the 10lb is probably kinda light but it holds 200 yards of 10lb test so I could play with a nice red awhile LOL.
Any way thanks for any advice yall feel like sharing
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Most trout/flounder fishermen use 8lb and often catch slot Reds on it. I'd say 10 is fine since you have it and switch to braid when you use it. Or you can 1/2 spool the 10lb mono and top it with a nice 17lb braid. I like to do this. The use the rest of the mono for leaders.
 

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James, i think sundrop is right on the money, when i fish for specks or reds i use 10lb mono, and i have never had a problem with getting the fish in, it's all about the drag setup, hope that helps you....................chris
 

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I've gotten so hooked on Shimano thanks to this site I don't buy much else. Any Shimano model with the ARB bearings is salt ready and parts are available to keep them in good shape. Stradics are nice but just out of my $$ range. I have Sonoras,Siennas and Saharas right now and love them all. The 2500 is a great all purpose light reel and the 4000 will handle some nice sized Reds, Stripers..... I like a 7ft rod MH with a fast tip or a 6.6 ML. I have found some great buys on Ebay both new and used and with Shimanos new designs coming out this year the old styles will be bargain priced!!!
I agree, I own a Shimano Sahara and it has to be one of the smoothest reels I've ever felt. Never pulled anything over 5lbs with it so strength hasn't been tested but I got mine used off ebay for 40 shipped and it's been great.

Tackledirect had a Quantum Catalyst PTI and rod combo WITH 300 yds of 30lb cajun braid for a 100 bucks and I almost bought on it, looking back I probably should've.
 
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