Thanks! I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I need... it sounds like I'll also want some long rods that I can cast a mile? 12 foot maybe, or is a 7 ft rod ok?
Definately go long. Don't just get a cheapo either. If you get a big ol' telephone pole, you won't have enough whip to get lighter lures out. And if you get a whippy little thing, you'll get your ass kicked if you run into something big. The super serious guys use Cousins and Century, but I get by with a Daiwa Sealine Surf. Pretty good little rod for 70 bucks or so.