11 Fishing Poles to Reel in a Fresh Catch

Whether you spend a full day in a fishing boat trolling open waters or prefer to kick back and relax at the dock, having the right fishing pole will lessen the likelihood of coming home empty-handed. We’ve compiled a list of the best rod-and-reel combos (sold together) geared more toward aspiring fishermen, and included a few options to buy the rod and reel separately for the more seasoned angler.


​Daiwa Minispin Spinning Combo

​Daiwa Minispin Spinning Combo fishing pole


Ultralight, compact, and sold with a hard carrying case, this combo is ideal for anglers on the move. It comes with a lightweight reel that is smooth and designed to reduce line twisting, a five-piece rod, and a compact hard carrying case with built in tackle compartments. Keep this under the car seat and be prepared next time you stumble upon what looks like a promising watering hole.

Abu Garcia Pro Max 3 Baitcast Combo

​Abu Garcia Pro Max 3 Baitcast combo fishing pole

$100 BUY NOW

Never miss another nibble again. This reel is designed to increase sensitivity, so you feel even the slightest tug on the line, and the pole is made of graphite, so it’s light enough to jerk quickly. And it’s rounded out with an EVA split-grip handle for more security when you’re reeling in the big one.

​Bass Pro Shops MegaCast Baitcaster Combo

​Bass Pro Shops MegaCast Baitcaster Combo fishing pole

from $55 BUY NOW

This combo is a steal, as it’s packed with performance features at an attainable price. Equipped with Bass Pro’s beloved Recurved handle, this combo pairs a lightweight baitcaster reel with a durable graphite composite rod, giving you easy access to prized features without breaking the bank.

​Eagle Claw Pack-It Telescopic Spinning Combo

​Eagle Claw Pack-It Telescopic Spinning Combo fishing pole


Break down this telescopic rod and toss it in your hiking backpack, then bust it out when you reach your destination for a day of fishing off the grid. The reel is lightweight and aluminum, providing smooth and continuous tension while fishing. And it’s incredibly easy to pack or carry with you in tighter spaces or on longer walks, thanks to the telescopic fiberglass rod with a quick folding handle.

PENN Spinfisher V Surf Combo

PENN Spinfisher V Surf Combo fishing pole

from $190 BUY NOW

A best seller at Bass Pro Shops, this combo is an investment into your fishing future, with a heavy-duty design built to handle whatever’s on the line. The reel has a full metal body, a watertight design, and a sealed slammer drag system to keep the big ones from breaking away. And the rod features graphite composite construction, graphite reel seats, and rubber shrink tube grips to keep your hands comfortable and your mind confident when the next trophy-winner nips at your bait.

​Zebco 808 Heavy Spincast Combo

​Zebco 808 Heavy Spincast Combo fishing pole


Stay on your game with this more traditional rod-and-reel combo, equipped with an auto bait alert technology that makes a clicking sound to alert you whenever the line is grabbed. The reel is encased in tough housing to keep it spinning for years, there is a built in Hook Keeper to keep the hook from swinging when not in use, and the rod is a two-piece, seven-foot heavy action rod, strong enough to reel in bigger fish.

Abu Garcia Revo SX Baitcast Reel

Abu Garcia Revo SX Baitcast fishing reel

$160 BUY NOW

Seasoned fishermen know and trust Abu Garcia as one of the sport’s premier manufacturers, and this reel (rod sold separately) is a prime example of why. The Revo SX reel is made from corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy for increased durability, has stainless steel bearings and an Infini II spool design for smoother casting, more distance, and extreme loads, and features the Carbon Matrix drag system for more consistency across the entire drag range. Practice your poses now, because this reel is like a magnet for trophy fish that love those bragging pictures just as much as you.

​Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod

​Shakespeare Ugly Stik® GX2™ Spinning fishing rod

from $35 BUY NOW

Known for supreme strength and durability, Ugly Stik makes high-quality yet affordable fishing rods for anglers looking to snag anything from freshwater bass to small tuna. This rod (reel sold separately) is made of a combination of graphite and fiberglass to be strong yet sensitive, with better balance, a lighter feel, and improved components. Furthermore, this performance is all jammed into a more modern-looking, eye-catching package, so even if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can fake it till you make it.

​Pflueger President Spinning Combo

​Pflueger President Spinning Combo fishing pole


Smooth, reliable, and a great value, this combo doesn’t miss. The President spinning reel is first in its class, sure to impress even experienced fishermen, while the rod is extremely sensitive and responsive, made to snag even those pesky fish that have been evading other fishermen for years.

​Plusinno Spinning Combo Kit

​Plusinno Spinning Combo Kit

from $46 BUY NOW

A complete kit for a one-stop shop, this set includes a carbon telescopic fishing rod, a spinning reel, and a variety of lines and lures for both saltwater and seawater. All you have to do is choose from different pole lengths and you are ready for a great first day with your very own equipment.