So, my 8' rod and reel combo that I bought 3 years ago, finally gave up the ghost yesterday. I went to the true value on Carolina Beach and bought the setup that I listed in the title. I had the guy put on some 20lb mono, since I read on here that mono is better to learn on. My first cast was bird nest city. I practiced about 30 casts and finally put some bait on it. Caught 2 small sheepheads on my 2nd cast. This is my first conventional reel and I'm liking it so far. I've bird nested it a couple of times since but I backed the brake off. I know it's too late to ask, but, what do you guys think of the gear I just bought? Thanks.