So, I have been shopping around at stores in my area(BassPro Shops, Gander Mountain, DIck's Sporting Goods, Academy Sports, Walmart) as well as online(BassPro Shops, Tackle Direct, Amazon.com) for a couple of "new" saltwater-fishing rod/reel combo sets. The problem that I seem to be running into is the "inflated" prices of these fishing combos, and I know you can't always get something for nothing, but I am only going to be doing some pier and surf-fishing and maybe some "inshore" fishing and I am not willing to pay $300 for one rod/reel combo to do this, that is completely ridiculous!! So, I have looked at generic and foreign-made brands like Picisfun, Kast King, while their "saltwater" reels have gotten excellent reviews on Amazon.com, and their prices are in between $50-$75, they don't offer any kind of rod/reel combos, so any money that you save on the reel won't matter once you add a $100 rod to one of these reels. So, I have also looked at BassPro Shop's own brand of rod and reel combos under the brand name, "Offshore Angler", their prices seem to be extremely reasonable, but after looking at the "Frigate 8000 Spinning combo" for $108, on their website, I saw quite a lot of reviews and almost everyone said that the reel was a great buy for the money, and worked extremely well against shark, black drum and redfish, but when they had received their combo via UPS/FedEx the rod was almost always missing a guide or had a broken off guide tip and they had warned about this happening in their review on the website. So, I looked up Penn's line of saltwater spinning combos on Amazon.com and the "Battle II" combo had gotten quite a lot of great reviews with the exception that the rods that came with this combo evidently were not "strong" enough and would snap against certain species of fish, plus I do not want to spend $160 for a rod/reel combo! As you can see, I feel like I am "stuck" in my search for some reasonable price fishing tackle, anybody has any suggestions? Any ideas?? Anyone?