If you are on a budget a 10 or 12' ugly stick rod works well. They work well with wide spool reels. I put a 6/0 on a 10 and it handled the weight and bait very nice. But breakaway is my favorite rod right now. I also threw a 9/0 on the 10 ugly stick just to see if it was possible. They are very stiff. But get the rods and reels you can handle.