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The reviews on the Penn battle combos are decent. I want to buy two that will cover the basics; flounder, reds and trout.

Should I be looking for the 3000 series rods or 4000? I may get one of each but I wanted to troll yall's opinon.

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3000 is what I use.... 3 times a year when I make it to the salt.

I don't like the penn rod.... It's just my opinion, but I think it really lacks feeling. I have a cheap shimano on my 3000, and it works very nicely.
 

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If you are going to fish more than a couple of hours at a time you should be thinking how light the combo is. Best all around setup for me Penn 360 now Spinfish 3500 and a Shimano Teramar 7 Rod . I have 4 of them. The heavy main gear in the Penn will hold up for years pluggin off the pier and able to pull a 4 pound red over the rail at JMP without hand lining. My 2 Cent. Planning on using them Friday morning for Spanish at the Liberty a day break Caught over 45 last Wed. on Rod Reel. Everybody can troll them up but sight casting is more fun.
 

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Go with the 3000. The only con to these reels is the weight. Would be a sweet setup matched with a St Croix Mojo Inshore rod and braid.
 

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The reviews on the Penn battle combos are decent. I want to buy two that will cover the basics; flounder, reds and trout.

Should I be looking for the 3000 series rods or 4000? I may get one of each but I wanted to troll yall's opinion.

Thanks
Depends on what you plan on throwing & where.
In creeks throwing light lures all day, prefer 2000 series reels. Less fatigue
I fish Penn Battles in 2000 series with 10# braid for Flounder, Trout, Reds, Jacks, Ladyfish & chopper Blues.
Never had a fish spool me.

For surf 3000 & 4000 with 15# braid for average size fish, because of line capacity.
If you plan on fishing bait or using it nearshore go with 4000 series.

Make sure to match the rod to the reel for performance & feel.
Hope this helps. ...... ICM
 

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I have battles in 3000 and 5000, and a shimano in 4000. I find myself wishing I had just purchased another 3000 instead of the 4000, and the 5000 only sees use soaking bait surf fishing. FWIW sams club in Jacksonville had battle combos for $99 the other day.
 

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What do y'all recommend for braid on the 3000's? I grabbed a 2000 as well in the battle combos.

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All in what you like. I am with Trigger 10# on the 2000 but for the 3000 i might would step up to 15 or 20 for all purpose around docks and oyster bars.
 

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Thanks guys. I may do the 2000 in 10 and one 3000 in 10 and one in 15.

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All in what you like. I am with Trigger 10# on the 2000 but for the 3000 i might would step up to 15 or 20 for all purpose around docks and oyster bars.
I use 10 in those areas no problem. The difference in casting difference is very noticeable. The only thing I change is my leader. Docks and oysters I switch to 30 pound mono for leader material instead of 15 pound fluoro. I even caught the majority of my old drum on 10 pound power pro last year. I've yet to have a fish break the braid. I have had the leader break a few times because of carelessness on my part for not checking for nicks.
 
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