A combo is a matched rod and a reel set, configured for a specific type of fishing. A wide selection is available, ranging from really basic up to top quality packages with excellent reels by Penn, Shimano and others.
Combs are ready to use, "out of the box". All you have to do is wind line onto the spool and add the terminal tackle of your choice. Some combos even come with line pre-wound. In general, combos are attractively priced, which makes them appealing for budget and value-conscious customers. A combo has a matched rod and reel, so you don't have to worry about the action of the rod (and whether it has the right flexibility) or the gear ratio of the reel (and whether it has enough mechanical advantage). Someone-a fishing tackle expert-has done this work for you, so you don't have to.
Many anglers who buy combos want to enjoy recreational fishing and need a relatively simple, effective and inexpensive rig. Novices or value-conscious anglers who don't want to customize tackle are prime candidates for combos, as are parents who want something functional and cheap for their kids to learn on. However, combos also can be sophisticated, with good components, specifically designed for a variety of fishing techniques.
Freshwater-in lakes and rivers, or saltwater-in the ocean, either along the coastline or inshore and in tributaries. Rods and reels used for freshwater fishing do not need the extensive protection against aggressive corrosion brought about by exposure to seawater. Heavy-duty saltwater reels are pricier because they feature corrosion-resistant materials such as anodized aluminum, shielded stainless steel or bronze bearings and forged aluminum spools.
Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities, but not everyone who puts their hook in the water is an expert. Face it, the terminology can be just a bit of a challenge for the novice, and if you talk to three of your fishing friends, you may get three different answers about what kind of rod and reel to purchase. That's why buying a rod and reel combo can be a definite shortcut. For a moderate cost, you can get proven components, middle-of-the-range length, action and line class, and you can get out on the water and start catching fish.