As I mentioned in my last post I started my fishing experiences with a Zebco 202. The Zebco company has been around since the 1930s and when I was growing up the Zebco combo of rod and reel was a staple for going to the creek on Saturday mornings.
Even today, I use a Zebco 33 combo which is a lightweight, graphite composite rod with a cork handle and a 10 pound trilene line when going for some panfish. A nice feature of this rod is that it can be set for either left handed or right handed persons. With the price around $37, it’s no wonder that Zebco has been around for decades.
I connect the Zebco 888 reel to my Ugly Stik GX2 rod and use a 20 pound line as a back up combo for the bigger type fish. I keep it handy for when I’m out at the lakes.
Another backup combo I have made is the Zebco 888 on the Ugly Stik Catfish, which is another 7 foot rod and again using a 20 pound line.
Even for a general purpose rig (ie: rod, reel, line, hook and sinker), I would recommend matching your gear to what you might encounter with your bait choice. As for myself, I’d rather go a little heavy instead of being on the light side. However, big fish on light tackle can be both challenging and a lot of fun.
Thanks again for reading and have a good day.
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