Boat or Bank is the biggest question here.
As far as gear, just about anything will work but I do have suggestions. The $20-$30 bigger spinning combos will get ya started just don't expect them to last you very long. Personally, I use heavy braided line. Wouldn't go any smaller than 20lbs test.
Get 1oz egg weights, swivels, 4-6 ott circle hooks and big cigar floats. Set up a santee cooper rig.
Cast net for shad and bluegill, maybe a carp/buffalo/drum for cutbait. Choose your hook size and bait size based on what size fish you want to catch. Rod holders that WONT MOVE when a big fish slams it and some copper bells and you're all set.
Sit back in your chair and wait for the bells to ring. Remember that circle hooks are designed so the fish hook themselves, no need to set the hook.