Depends on what/where you are fishing. My go-to setup for inshore and trolling for Spanish are 7' St. Croix Medium Heavy, fast action 10-16# spinning rods with Shimano Spheros 4000 reels. I use 15# braid on them. If I'm going for something larger, I pull out the trusty Shimano TLD 25's on 6' 40# rods with 30# mono spooled and 45' or so 30# flouro tipper.
Which St. Croix? I'm using a 6'6" medium-heavy, fast action St. Croix Tidemaster with an Abu Garcia Record with 30lb braid.
,,, St. Croix premier ,legend ultra (fly ) ,Fenwick 7' hmg,shimano,falcon favorite inshore rod for tossing soft plastics by far is a 7'4" loomis Pro-green. (surf)Lamiglas,penn.loomis piles and piles more...
Penn SS series ( they're all the old metal ones ) , penn battle,conquer,Sargus, Fin-nor ahab , Abu,Shimano cardiff almost too many to list , my sentimental favorite is a mint penn 940 level-matic power pro on most
strike king glass minnows ( avocado kills 'em down here ) Rage shrimp, Zman jerk shad ) new penny , electric chicken), Gulp crab,mirrolures, DOA shrmip etc ,etc ,etc ... Big reds and blacks get 1/2 a blue crab , they can't say no .
Good stuff Erock......saw the fleet, baitfish, and birds during the Beryl period.......surfcasted with no luck, but could see the action on the boats....both blues and stripers....while bodysurfing, saw alot or fingerlings jumpin.....water was nice until the rains......that full moon tide was nuts