You gotta say where and what you plan to catch. [/quote]
Well, we mostly have lakes (not too many rivers) filled with small and large-mouth bass and some blue-gills.
Pretty much any rod and reel combo between $50-70 will be fine initially.
You won’t be able to discern much difference between these and more expensive rigs until you’ve picked up some experience and developed a style. Just like a $1k driver is ridiculous for a brand new golfer or a $300 dollar pair of cleats for a kid in his first baseball game…
Generally spinner bait will be good for bass but fill your tackle box with variety; weather, seasons, lighting et cetera can vary bait success rate.
You can catch bluegill with worm on a string tied around a coke can ftr.[/quote]
I remember reading an article about flyfishing for sturgeons in Mongolia. They used a squirrel tail for the fly and q coke can for an indicator.