I am currently living in VA and fishing Chesapeake Bay. I am outfitting myself with a relatively heavy conventional combo for Striper trolling here. I have a 19ft shallow-draft bay boat (Sea-Pro SV1900) so I wouldn't be fishing big water. Before I bought a rod/reel combo for VA, I thought I'd see if I could get one that would do double duty for both Bays (TPA and Chesapeake). I have been posting a bit on this forum and seems most prefer spinning reels for fishing around the bay, even for the larger species such as tarpon and grouper. So my question is this: would I need a medium heavy/heavy conventional setup like a Penn 320GT and matching rod for Tampa Bay fishing and if so, what would I use it for? Is there anything that a heavier spinning setup wouldn't work well for?
Thanks so much,