I got to go Halibut fishing for the first time this last weekend, didn't land one but sure had a blast. A friend of mine just moved up and has a 21 foot boat and is planning to get out and go halibut fishing a lot more. I had to borrow one of his rods last time and it was a PIA to real up (even he wont use it lol) and I am thinking about getting my own rod and real. I do not know where to start though, I want something that isn't going to cost an arm and a leg but will be strong enough and hold enough line to fish for large halibut. The biggest real I have atm is an older Penn 150 Surfmaster. Will this work or is it to small? Also I have no idea what size line to get. The poles we had were lined with braided but I am not sure what size. When I asked he laughed and said he couldn't remember it has been so long ago since he put the line on.
So Short sum up, what is a good inexpensive rod and real to use and what size line should I line it with?
Any advise appreciated