Charlie, Dont feel bad, i just e learned how to spool a spinning rod! But ill let you know when I get the floating apartment out on the water so we can learn together. Its got AC/Heat, Generator, and a couple beds. Its like pontoon, but can easily stay on it for a few days.
I did manage to snap my donation rod (from a friend) in the tailgate of my truck last week.
I ran up to Bass Pro, and was incredibly intimidated by thier selection. They really need a hot dog stand in that place
So i picked up: A Abu Garcia 6'6" Medium (which i understand is the thickness of the rod) for a 4-12lb line. Came with a 10 bearing Stamina SE reel for $49.00. For the price it seemed like a good start, albeit maybe a bit much for me. I grabbed some Sufix Camo 10lb line (heck i didn't know) lol. My neigbor donated a large tackle box, with a TON of stuff in it. Half I dunno what to do with. Ive messed with the crank bait some, which was pretty interesting.
I also have some shorter rods down in the garage, which i plan on messing with as well.
If y'all have any ideas, lemme know.
I do have a secret cove up there at the lake not far from Allatoona landing, which is cherry! It's good to park the boat in, and get crazy at night, but very quiet in the morning...