I fish the annual striped bass run in the Hudson River. Currently I run Okuma Classic Pro GLX rods, I am constantly battling with the crappy reel seat coming loose and inserts breaking. I run downriggers, planer boards, live bait, and would like to do some surface plugging when the conditions are right. My downrigger, planer board, and live bait rods I would like to build out of fiberglass or a combo just because they are so hard to damage. The plugging rods would likely have to be graphite for casting large plugs and working the lure back. I like running a slow action rod in the downriggers so I can get a big long parabolic bend in them when attached to the release. The planer board rods would need a fairly soft tip and some good backbone a little earlier in the blank. Same goes for the live bait rods which will have Okuma avenger 6000 series bait runners. The downrigger and planer board rods will have 45 size line counters on them. Does anyone have any suggestions for budget blanks for these applications? I would like to be able to land fish fairly quickly to increase my chance of a great release. I am going to run aluminum locking reel seats on everything. I was thinking of getting the CRB SSR double foot guides to save some weight and money they seem to get good reviews and stand up to braid. Thank you everyone in advance for your replies!