I have to admit, I'm just getting to a point in life where I want to specialize a bit in fishing and get my hands on some pictures of myself and a few trophy blues. I also have to admit I've never really bought a decent setup for cats, certainly not the big stuff you people catch. I've always been more of a walmart buyer and a bank fisherman (now a recent boat owner). I don't think much of the walmart stuff is going to hold up to the beating that these brutes surely provide. I've done a little research before I posted and found out I know next to nothing about equipment... For instance there are: Spinning rods Casting rods baitfish rods conventional rods surf rods offshore rods standup rods and the list goes on and that's not even touching on reels yet. Lets say I could scrape up a few hundred bucks for a combo and it would be the flagship star of my fishing equipment, what should I be looking for specifically. Throw some names and models numbers at me if you would and any information you think would be helpful, I love to learn. Much appreciated, Kerry PS. The avatar fish was caught by a neighbor and I got a pic with it before he put it in the freezer, I've never caught anything nearly that large from the bank of a lake.