If anyone is interested, both Wal-marts around us have live bait rod/reel combos on clearance. It is a 6'6" Rhino rod with a "titanium" Zebco 733 (baitclicker) spooled with 20# mono. Friday they were down to $15 from $40. I picked up a couple for kids, friends, whatever. It will be a fine rig for channels, especially since I won't have to try to show a beginner how to cast a baitcaster. Seeings how I just learned last year myself, that will be a good thing. I don't mind picking my own bird's nests, just not everyone's in the boat! Anyhow, if anyone is interested.... go to Walmart. Keep me posted on the sucker run, I definitely want in at some point. Hope everyone is staying on top of the winter blues. Talk at ya later.