So someone in the Texasfishing forum linked me here when I asked about tackle for a big-e trip. This place has been great,so much useful information. I have also recieved alot of help in answering my questions from another TFF member,but don't wish to bug them as much anymore As of now I have zero offshore gear,and 5 or 6 months to put together some nice rigs,so I figured to start now so the wallet doesnt feel so hurt buying it all at once. I have come to the understanding that a rig for chunk and a rig for pop'rs and jigs is a must,now my question is,with the bait rig,does it have to be a big rig? As of now I have a spinning rig that I use for surf fishing that has 25lb mono on it,would that be enough,or would I have to go bigger?Or could i use the jig setup up to fish for bait as well? I was told about the hoo-x and after doing research on it think it will be the reel I will get,I looked at the tiagra 30;s and 50's last night at BPS and they seemed like monsters,real havey,didn't really like that part. My question is will the hoo-x be a good reel for chunking? And what rating should the rod I put it on be? For jigging as of right now I am leaning towards a 9500ss penn,but was also recommended a Shimano Sphero 14000,anyone have a preference?If i go with the 9500 it would come with a Crowder 6'8" ST5066 brand new for 220 local. If not,then what rod would you suggest putting the shimano on,was pointed to Bar Bar Custom rods,anyone else have a recommendation?LOL wow I typed a story,sorry to have it run so long,usually i just impulsively buy things,can tell by my bass fishing gear . But since I have a while to look around,I would really like to get some well rounded opinions,I know in the end it comes down to what you can afford and what works for you,but I do need some sort of starting point,and I have been very fortunate to get the opinions of some seasoned fisherman. My orig price range was 5-6hundred for 2 rigs,now its looking like that much each lol which is ok,rather have something that will last then having to buy something that will need to replaced in a year.Again,thanks guys for taking the time.