Re: I'm near Boston
As for the rod and reel.. that has a lot to do with how much you'd like to spend
Most people agree that the Scientific Anglers combo that they sell at Walmart, among other places. is pretty good quality for little payout.
You could find a better selection to choose from at the Bass Pro Shop in Foxboro.
For some better quality gear, go look at what they have at LL Bean or at Bear's Den in Taunton
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart