TexJas, you can always start out old school like I and many others here did as a kid .
There is really great fun to be had catching a fish on a cane pole or even better the extending fiberglass ones to be had now a days .
Then get a Zebco 202 or 404 maybe too .
I own other rods and reels now that cost more but I still own both of the above and love to use them .
I love Bream/Sun/Pan fishing or even Bass and Cat fishing fishing with them .
It is really great fun catching something on a light weight pole and is a real challenge .
Give me a big Bream on a cane type pole and I am in bigtime Heaven .
You don't have to spend alot to have a blast .
And you don't need any fancy/smancy lures, just weight,bait and a bobber .