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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-12-2016, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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ideas for a saltwater combo for a youth

Looking for an idea for a good saltwater combo set-up for my 3 year old grandson.
I want something that will hold up that he can grow into yet something he cold use this summer.
I looked at Penn reels and Ugly stick set-ups but not sure he is ready to handle a spinning set-up. I was leaning towards a Penn general purpose lever wind on a boat rod.
He will be doing most of his fishing from a boat or off the dock and there would be no need for him to cast. I want to stay light enough that he can use it without much help yet enough backbone to bring in a sea bass or fluke without breaking the rod.

When my kids were that small they used whatever I had on the boat, but 30 years later my boat rods are a little more expensive then they were back then
He really shows a lot of interest in both hunting and fishing and I want him to start off right with things that are his own that could actually be used by him now.

Any advice would be appreciated. His birthday is the end of March and I just wondered what the rest of you do.

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Re: ideas for a saltwater combo for a youth

I think Zebco makes a closed face salt water reel. Model 808 I think. Might be a good option to start with for a reel.

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Re: ideas for a saltwater combo for a youth

As someone who sold a lot of Zebco's(not just for kids) I agree hard to beat for a kids outfit. The shop I worked in also provided tackle, bait and me to a local kiddie rodeo(trout). Zebcos + a solid fiberglass rod are indestructible LOL. One tip is to take your off hand and pinch the line between thumb + forefinger before you start reeling, just that slight pressure will take care of a lot of "problems". I also restrung the ones I took for loaners with lighter line I think the 202's came with 10lb. back then, I put on 6lb. saltwater combos

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Re: ideas for a saltwater combo for a youth

Well 3 is kinda young even for an above average
kid like (your) grandson. But the simpler the better, which actually aint bad for most of us.
Id be just getting him a conventional reel that
he could just let the line roll off the spool.
Maybe one with a brake adjustment so it didnt overrun very often.
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