I'm posting here instead of in the Equipment section cuz I'd like to tailor my rig for the Ohio area... might not make any difference, but still... feel free to move it if necessary - my feelings won't be hurt.. Anyway, looking for suggestions/comments on a decent rod/reel combo. I'm targeting channels in the 15# or less range (for eating), but don't wanna be afraid to hook up with something with a bit more umph! to it (like a real flattie!)... I'm mainly lake fishing from the bank, so need something with that'll cast pretty decently... Right now I'm looking at possibly an Abu 6000 with a catfish safari M/H rod... is this overkill? Does anyone have any suggestions on another setup? Of course, I'd like to keep the cost as low as possible since I'm new to this and would have to be able to justify any expenditures to my accountant (the wife, of course)... Thanks for any suggestions!