Thank you for the replies, I really appreciate it.
I just want to catch some fish
. I want to troll and plug/jig in the Chesapeake and Potomac River from my boat.
I have a couple Penn 6500SS combo's that should work well for plugging and jigging. I actually bought two Okuma SD 45L's and two 7' Penn Boat rods today at Bass Pro Shops. They were basically giving the Okuma's away (clearance) and the rods were on clearance as well. I picked up both rods and reels for under 200 bucks. If the reels are garbage, then I guess I will learn on my first trip out. I've had other Okuma reels and they tend to hold up fairly well. These will be solely bottom fishing/trolling outfits.
I guess all I need now are lures and places to run the boat. I really hope I can become successful at this. I can see it becoming a complete (every weekend) addiction.