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"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
-- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald
The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.
The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.
09-12-2019 07:11 - edited 09-14-2019 06:01
I think you are on the right track with your gear choices. I have several steelhead rods/reels but one of my setups that you may want to consider is the St. Croix Triumph rod and a Shimano SLX baitcaster reel which may fit your budget. While not that expensive it is a very nice rig.
Not sure if you only want a spin cast reel or not, but once I started using baitcasters, I could never go back. All my baitcasters are left hand retrieve, just because it works for me when river fishing. Have fun and let us know what you end up with!