i can get some nice ones here, but even broke down, their 4ft long or so. plus wife already has 4 bags for checked luggage. no way for me to get a good saltwater pole over on the plane. found out yesterday that bro inlaw is in manila now doing some work for his former employer so going to try to get him over to true value to get those chips so i don't have to worry bout it when i land. i don't remember seeing any when i was in CDO, but i've never been a fisherman either. Figured i'd try it out since im going to be spittin distance from the ocean. Just going to leave rod/reel for inlaws after i leave. So with that in mind, scored a used penn 320gti off ebay for $25. The reviews i got on it all said it was a great real so i went ahead and bid. Luck had it, I won. Now gotta find a rod for it. Thought a collapsable rod from walmart, but am VERY hesitant. If I lived in maimi fl and the walmart were there, i'd be a bit more inclined to get one. too far out in po-dunk nowhere here to get what **appears** to be a saltwater pole. Wife is going to check with ace in CDO, also going to have her inquire at true value in Manila.
Don't have to convince me about *some* of that chinese stuff. The pitsburgh brand wrenches that harbor freight sell here have been holding up better than my stanley's and craftsmans at a fraction of the cost. Just got 2 screwdrivers at HF for a buck a piece. Comparing them to the stanleys I just bought at walmart, all i can say is the stanleys are going back for a refund. Amazing at how good *****SOME****** of the quality is. Others are still typical garbage.