So I ended up buying a Pryml beginners rod 6ft 6inchs, a tool box and a tackle box for bream. Total $89 from a shop.
However, I quoted your post because I felt the the line was really crap. Let me explain:
When I saw the videos of loading a reel, they started from empty. This one was full and I messed up putting the line in the right way so I was actually trying to reel in when the lever was up. Newbie mistake 1
Getting the swivel, sinker and hook on was OK.
However, When I did cast correctly and I reeled the line back in, it kept getting jumbled up. I had to cut line 3 times. I thought I was bloody stupid(I blame the line 50%).
Finally, So in a 3 hr session I spent 2 hours putting the line on and messing up the casting or retrieval.
Moreover, Since I was fishing near the rocks at Brooklyn and the tide was coming in, I lost a number of hooks and sinkers.
That's my first attempt where I taught myself the basics, no fish ever came close I reckon.