So you want to start fishing but you don’t know where to start? There are so many rods and reels to choose from and we all need to start somewhere. You may not want to spend a fortune on a sport you don’t do that often, so we have collated a list of the best fishing combos based on their popularity, performance and price point.

These combos are ideal for beginners or someone looking for an affordable holiday fishing combo.

Without further to do, let’s look at our top 5 fishing combos.

Shakespeare Firebird Spin Combo


Specification at a glance

  • 2 piece rod
  • Modern stylish abbreviated EVA handle
  • Matt blank finish
  • Reliable RD reel
  • Spooled perfectly with dark brown mono
  • 12lb mono on the 10ft
  • 6lb mono on other sizes
  • Size 40RD reel on 10ft model
  • 30RD reel on the other sizes

Angling Active says

This is an ideal entry level spinning combo for any newcomer to the sport. With the reel already preloaded with line, you’re already good to go! The Shakespeare Firebird Spin Combo range suits anglers of all ages. With a modern, stylish design that offers excellent value for money. The rod is of a 2 piece design and includes a comfortable, abbreviated EVA handle and a matt blank finish, with strong and attractive Firebird artwork. The combo is equipped with a Shakespeare Firebird fixed spool reel with a rear drag system.

What we really like about the Firebird range, is the variety of rods available right across each fishing discipline, they have a rod for everything from spinning to beach fishing. If you’re looking to target rainbow trout we highly recommend the 8ft 15-60gram outfit. It’s ideal for lure fishing and bait fishing applications.
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Mitchell Tanger Camo Spin Combo


Specification at a glance

  • Great value for money
  • Camo colour design
  • 2 piece fibreglass blanks
  • Split EVA foam handle
  • Front drag, fixed spool reel
  • Graphite spool, pre-spooled with quality mono

Angling Active says

The Mitchell Tanager Spin Combo offers fantastic value for money and includes a trendy camo coloured spinning rod matched with a fixed spool reel. Perfect for beginners or the occasional angler. The spinning rod has a two-piece construction and is built with strong, lightweight fibreglass blanks. The handle has a modern split design that is associated with most American bass rods, made with EVA foam for comfort and a secure grip. This is a great light to medium trout spinning setup that comes in 3 various lengths and casting weights. If you are looking for a slightly more discreet rod design, then the Mitchell is the perfect combo.

We really like the fibreglass design as it takes us back to our grass roots when spinning rods were designed and manufactured with fibreglass. The fibreglass design makes a great fish playing rod and also provides quite a bit of robustness which parents will appreciate, especially if younger kids are learning the art of fishing. Learn more

Shakespeare Catch More Fish 2 Trout Kit


Specification at a glance

  • 8ft length
  • Casting weight: 2-8g
  • 2 piece sections
  • Supplied with pre-spooled Beta RD reel
  • Supplied with tackle box with accessories

Angling Active says

The Shakespeare Catch More Fish 2 Trout Kit is the perfect starter combo for trout spinning and includes a quality rod and reel plus a tackle box full of gear to get you started. What more do you need!? The rod has a 2 piece construction. It has a silver and orange styled colour scheme and features an EVA comfort handle, coming equipped with a matching pre-spooled Beta RD reel. The tackle box comes with everything you need to get you started, including:

1 x Berkley power bait
2 x Devils Own Spinners
5 x size 8 hooks
5 x barrel swivels
2 x bubble floats
1 x 1/2oz non-toxic lead

We really like that this combo comes with the full package. Ideal for beginners or holiday anglers, this great value kit is hard to overlook.
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Specification at a glance

  • 8ft rod
  • 2 piece sections
  • Suitable for lures up to 40g
  • Comfortable EVA handle
  • 40RD graphite spinning reel
  • Spooled with high quality mono, 0.35mm in diameter

Angling Active says

The Abu Garcia Cardinal All Round Combo is exactly what it says on the packet! A well balanced spinning kit that is suited for both freshwater and light saltwater spinning applications.

The rod in this outfit is an 8ft length, made with a light but tough fibreglass blank and is designed to cast lures up to 40g in weight. It includes high-quality guides fitted throughout and a comfortable EVA handle with a matching reel.

The fixed spool reel is a 40RD model and has a strong graphite construction. The reel is pre-loaded with high-quality clear mono and has an ergonomic handle.

The Abu Garcia Cardinal All Round Combo offers outstanding value for money and is ideal for beginners and newcomers to the sport.

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Specification at a glance

  • 3 ball bearings + 1 roller bearing
  • Lightweight graphite body and rotor
  • Machine aluminium spool
  • Everlast bail system
  • Slow oscillation for even line lay
  • Rocket spool lip design
  • Rocket line management system for better line control
  • 24 Ton graphite for a lightweight balanced design
  • High-density EVA gives greater sensitivity and durability

Angling Active says

If you’re looking for a more refined first-time combo, the Abu Garcia Black Max FD Combo ticks all the boxes. The combo includes the Black Max rod and fixed spool reel which complement each other well and provide you with a well-balanced outfit.

The rod is made from 24-tonne graphite for a durable, lightweight and balanced design, featuring 2 piece sections. The rod blank is sensitive yet strong and is fitted with stainless steel guides with titanium oxide inserts and a comfortable EVA handle for improved grip.

We love that these combos come in various lengths and casting weights, meaning that there is a combo in this range to target most freshwater species.
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