I spend most of my time bass fishing in the southeast,no matter if it is small mouth bass on the Tennessee river below Wilson dam which is excellent for catching small mouth or peacock bass fishing in south Florida. My fishing equipment is of most importance and I prefer something reliable,easy to work with and affordably replaceable if something breaks .
The best or my favorite reels are abu garcia ,they are expensive but they rarely if ever break if they are properly cared for and I like Shimano Rods because they are great and don’t cost a fortune. Side by side of some of the other rods I use the shimano works just as good as my more expensive rods that really I hate to use they are not easily replaceable due to the money factor.
Not that im cheap but from experience and I buy alot of fishing equipment when it comes to fishing rods there are only 3 top tier brands,the other 2 brands are great but for about 3 to 4 times the cost and they don,t catch me anymore fish, these rods are made in japan so the quality is supreme so trust me and save a ton.