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  sorry , can't say about kayaks ....
  Posted by: pilotwingz on Oct-03-13 3:48 PM (EST)

..... I don't use them , but I'm still doubting it makes one bit of difference this way or that when it comes to rod and reels selection .

My suggestion for someone having just one rod and reel to start with ... a spin casting outfit , graphite rod (IM6 min.) 6'-6" Medium , Fast action ... reel , a Shimano 2500 Stradic (or comparable) ... line , 8 lb. test monofiliment (Berkley Trilene XL) , if you have 2 spools (most come with extra spool) put 6 lb. test on the extra spool for when targeting smaller fish (Crappie , BlueGil , Perch , etc.) .

In general and comparing same type lines , the lighter the lb. test weight equals the farther the casting ability/distance . In general again , the longer the rod , equals the farther the casting ability .

Casting distance is your friend . Casting smoothness is your friend , the Berkley Trilene XL (not XT) is a smooth casting line with very low memory (doesn't look like a coil when laid out) . Monofiliment lines need to get wet before they are at their best (1st 10 mins. or so of fishing) .

Flourocarbon lines have different characteristics than monofiliment lines . Flourocarbon lines also cost more . Changing your line to new fresh line regularly (a couple times per season) is a luxury and always appreciated .

You want to try for Largemouth Bass ?? ... pan fish like BlueGill , Crappie , Yellow Perch ?? ... Catfish ?? ... any Northern Pike or Muskie or Walleye in the waters you're going to fish ??

As for how to deal with a fishing rod , gear , and a long dbl. blade paddle in a kayak ... well people do it , and even choose to , but others will have to chime in on that one .

What size body of water (acres) are you considering ??

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