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Bobby O.

New Bassin guy here

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Hello everyone, Just getting started. I have a Shakespeare Dimension 5030 spinning reel that my wife bought for me. What rod would you recommend for this reel? looking at the Castaway rods. any good? Thanks.

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Depends on your budget. But a good inexpensive rod is a Berkley Lightningrod. My friend has one and I will be getting one in the near future.

BTW, welcome to the forum.

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Welcome aboard!

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Welcome  ;).  You should make a post in the General section so everyone can give you a welcome.  

I would suggest you buy any Medium heavy 6'6"-7' rod  in a price range you are comfortable with.  Thats a good all around rod that you can fish many techniques with and thats probably the best answer I can give without more specifics.  

Don't blame me when you have bought thousands of dollars of tackle and gear though.  My fishing addiction got started with a Shakespear spinning combo won a Ducks Unlimited dinner.

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Thanks for the welcome mat everyone. Another? What line for a spinning reel 8lb. test?

I like suffix elite.  I have 10# on my Stradic and it works great - no problems.  A lot of folks on here seem to like Yozuri Hybrid Ultrasoft.  I have not tried it but I plan to soon.

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