I just rented a house in Vermont for a trip this summer. The owner (and people who posted reviews on the website) all say the 80 acre pond that the house sits on is excellent smallmouth and Pike fishing. I have never fished for Pike before.
I only own two spinning setups. An 5' ultralight for trout in the creek behind my house, and a 6' Med. Browning with a Pflueger Trion GX-7 reel for, well, just about anything else. But mostly small & large mouth and crappie in the lake close to home. Not the most expensive setups to be sure, but they catch fish.
I've never used a baitcast before, but from everything I have read I should probably use one for the Pike I hope to be catching in Vermont. I have practiced using an ancient Abu Garcia baitcast that my brother-in-law found in his shed. I think I can get the hang of it if i had a better reel.
So finally to my question, and I know it is a loaded one as everyone has their Brand, but what is a good entry level Baitcast set up? I don't mind buying a combo or purchasing them separately. I am lucky enough to live within a 1 hour drive of both BPS and Cabelas so I have been cruising their websites. I have been leaning towards an Abu Garcia Silver Max reel and MH rods from both BPS and Cabelas that run about $50-$60 that have received good reviews. I would like a 2 piece rod. Sometimes I have to take my rods apart to fit in the car, depends how many others are in the car.
Or, do i even need a new setup? Can I just go with a heavier line on my Browning/Pflueger? Not that I am against buying new gear. Who doesn't want new stuff?!
sorry for the book, thanks for any suggestions.