In the way of tackle? I mostly use a reel in the size of a 2000-2500 with ATLEAST a cap. of 210yrds of 6lb test. Rods , i like a longer lengths than most ,prefering 7ft being the shortest i use and 8.5ft being the longest. For live bait fishing, i use the longer rods(8.5ft) along with the newer Okuma Epixor baitfeeder EB20 & EB30 My ole stand by wadin gear is a 7.5ft St. Croix Tidemaster Inshore, with my Shimano Stradic 2000FG for throwing lures. I have had the great pleasure of finding some of the last made St. Croix Ben Doerr Surf rods in the 7ft length for smallies(they changed them for 2003 and are no longer available like these)...i bought the two smallest models with one being a light action(rated 4-8 lb test) and a med/light(rated for 6-10 lb test). These rods are AWSOME as they have the same cork tape grips as the bigger surf rods in that line up...they are ultra skinny without that big bulky cork handle(super sensitive) and i think they will be the ticket for wadin next season! I only use 6lb test lines as i dont fish big over-sized lures for smallies and the 6lb line is perfect for throwing all sorts of lures from ultra-light to med...plus i have landed all of my 7 fish ohio smallies using the same brand 6 lb line..Gamakatsu G-power(co-polymer) only draw back is there is only ONE store in Columbus that carrys it!!