Greetings all! Been lurking around for a while, and decided it's time for my first post! My name is Nick, and I have been fishing on and off for the better part of my 32 years. A little bit of everything... Light trout and bass stuff in the Kern River and lakes around Bakersfield, and rock fishing here and there out of Morro Bay and Port San Luis. Well last year I got bit, and plan on doing a lot more this year! I have purchased my first saltwater setup already, which consists of an Okuma SCT 701H 7' 25-40, paired with a Penn Fathom 25N 2-speed lever drag. That being said, it's bonus time and right before the Fred Hall show here in Bakersfield, so I'll be looking for another setup! Any recommendations, or ideas on better pairings for the rod and reel I already have? I want to try and keep it around $500, and will be doing some rockfishing out of Morrow and Ventura/Oxnard/Dana Pt., but am really wanting to do a lot more tuna and dorado fishing this year, with plans for at least one 1.5 day trip into Baja this year. I appreciate your help, and look forward to hearing what you guys think!